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Despite the furthering of knowledge in Computer Science, I felt that this course really enforced a discipline that would otherwise be lost on us homeschoolers. It helped me become independent and disciplined, which are two brilliantly valuable attributes in college preparation.

AP World History

On-Line for the 2019-2020 School Year

Teacher: Mrs. Jessica Newman




Course Description: Note- AP World is changing for 2019-2020. Instead of Prehistory to the present, content will now begin approx. 1200 C.E. and will be renamed AP World History Modern.

In AP World History Modern: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation. AP World History Modern is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern world history.

The course framework includes two essential components: HISTORICAL THINKING SKILLS/REASONING PROCESSES and COURSE CONTENT.

The historical thinking skills and reasoning processes are central to the study and practice of world history. Students should practice and develop these skills and processes on a regular basis over the span of the course.  The course content is organized into commonly taught units of study that provide a suggested sequence for the course. These units comprise the content and conceptual understandings that colleges and universities typically expect students to master to qualify for college credit and/or placement. This content is grounded in themes, which are cross-cutting concepts that build conceptual understanding and spiral throughout the course. Reasoning processes describe the cognitive operations that students will be required to apply when engaging with the historical thinking skills on the AP Exam. The reasoning processes ultimately represent the way practitioners think in the discipline. Specific aspects of the cognitive process are defined under each reasoning process: Comparison, Causation, and Continuity and Change.

You can view the new Course and Exam Description at this link (may be updated by College Board throughout the summer)-

Class Schedule:

START DATE: Monday August 26, 2019

END DATE: Friday May 15, 2020 (The test is on Thursday May 14th; Friday is just a quick follow-up online discussion)


Resources: High-speed internet and a reliable computer with an internet browser. No specific software is required, although instructor-student cooperation regarding technical difficulties is expected.


*Mrs. Newman can recommend more resources, if needed.

Tuition: $625.00 after July 1, early bird discount $600.00

AP World History- This course will consist of content review (1200 C.E. to the present) through primary and secondary resources, video clips, and notes (delivered through many formats). Content will be assessed by stimulus based multiple choice questions which will prepare students for the AP exam multiple choice section. Students will also expand and improve their writing skills in preparation for the AP Exam's writing portion: 3 SAQs (Short Answer Questions), 1 DBQ (Document Based Question), and 1 LEQ (Long Essay Question). There will not be live meetings, but I will offer Google Hangout review/collaboration opportunities. This course is taught asynchronously, with work due on Fridays each week (unless otherwise arranged with Mrs. Newman).

Who should apply: Highly motivated high-school students in any year (preferably 9th-12th). An interest in history, travel outside of the United States, and many other personal attributes can assist the student in understanding and engaging with the material.  

Instructor qualifications and bio:

Mrs. Jessica Newman is from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with a BA in History and in 2004, a Masters in Education from the University of Montevallo. In 2012, Mrs. Newman graduated with a Masters in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham all while teaching and raising two young children.  In 15 years of teaching, she has taught Modern World History, Modern U.S. History, AP European History, Comparative World Religions and Current Events, AP World History, and Speech/Debate. In 2015, she passed the English/Language Arts PRAXIS. Mrs. Newman has also been an AP European History Reader for four years along with online AP review collaborations with fellow AP Euro teachers such as Ms. Noah.

Mrs. Newman currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband and two children, Julieanne (13 years old) and Jeff III (11 years old) She loves everything history including shopping for antiques and doing genealogy research. Her Masters Thesis was "Berry G. Jackson: Murder Witness and Murderer"- detailing Mrs. Newman's GGG Grandfather, who was born a slave in Levy Co., Florida, who escaped his masters, joined the Union in the Civil War, and became a respectable member of a society in Rochester, New York. Mrs. Newman loves to cheer for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the UAB Blazers. She loves to travel and has visited England, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Italy multiple times. She enjoys taking her 1971 Chevelle Malibu out for a spin when she is able to and she has a myriad of quirky favorites such as watching Doctor Who and playing Pokemon (card game and TCG). Mrs. Newman also has 2 rescue cats (Tuxedos) named Panther and Simone.

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