AP World History
On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year
Teacher: Mrs. Jessica Newman
2020-2021 applications are now being accepted.
Course Description: Note- AP World changed in 2019-2020. Instead of Prehistory to the present, students are now tested on content beginning in 1200 C.E. and has been renamed AP World History Modern.
In AP World History 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 Course and Exam Description at this link - https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-world-history/course
START DATE: Monday August 24, 2020
END DATE: Monday May 10, 2021
Thanksgiving- November 23-27, 2020.
Holiday Break- December 21, 2020- January 1, 2021.
Spring Break- March 22-26, 2021.
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. The course will utilize the Schoology platform so students will need to get a free account.
Required: Bentley Traditions and Encounters, 5th edition (though other editions- old or new will suffice)
Optional: Review Books (new editions may be available throughout the year from publishers due to the course format changes)
AMSCO World History
Five Steps to a 5
AP World History: An Essential Coursebook by Ethel Wood – 3rd edition
*Mrs. Newman can recommend more resources, if needed.
Tuition: $675 as of July 1, 2020. The 'Early Bird' cost for those who register before July 1st is $650. You can also audit the course for a $250 fee.
Class size: AP World History Modern will be limited to 25 students, however I do have audit spots available. This option gives all of the course material to those who audit, but they do not participate in activities, discussions etc, nor do they receive grades or feedback on written work.
AP World History Modern- 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 be optional Zoom meetings and I will offer Google Hangout review/collaboration opportunities along with an AP European History teacher/Reader during the 2nd semester prior to the AP Exam. This course is taught asynchronously, with work assigned by Monday morning and due on Friday each week (unless otherwise arranged with Mrs. Newman). Students are expected to read a little everyday on the content we are studying. There are approximately 1-2 assignments, given each week related to the content.
Tentative Schedule- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VQYsjlHc3LrgqxOOBSQNH9Z8cSXOQKln7rN_zizJIEY/edit?usp=sharing
This is Mrs. Newman's 2nd year with PA Homeschoolers AP program. Based on class reviews, Mrs. Newman's teaching goals for the 2020-2021 school year:
more student interaction via optional Zoom meetings and more class discussions so there is more of a typical classroom/community feel to the class.
more communication to the students regarding the content and/or skills addressed in the assignment(s) each week so students see the value in the assignments given.
more structure in regards to the schedule for the course (when certain units and/or skills will be covered) so students are better prepared for lessons.
more variation of lessons and assignments to address the needs of different learners
Who should apply: Highly motivated high-school students 9th-12th grade who are able to work independently, but also are able to work with other students during optional Zoom sessions. 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 (Montevallo, Alabama, USA) with a Bachelor of Arts 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 (Birmingham, Alabama, USA). In 16 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, AP World History Modern, 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.
Mrs. Newman currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband and two children. 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 enslaved in Levy Co., Florida, who escaped enslavement, 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 also loves hiking or riding her mountain bike with family. 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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