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AP World History Unit 1 Class: Global Tapestry From C. 1200-1450 SP

Wendy Wawrzyniak
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This is a 4-part class that will cover the content from Unit 1 of AP World History – Global Tapestry from 1200-1450 with a focus on thematic connections and historical thinking skills.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Advanced Level
Follows College Board Advanced Placement Curriculum
Aligned with Advanced Placement (AP) Standards
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Topic 1.1 Developments in East Asia Topic 1.2 Developments in Dar-al-Islam
How did the developments in China and other parts of East Asia between c.1200 and c.1450 reflect continuity, innovation, and diversity? In the period from c.1200 to c.1450, how did Islamic states arise, and how did major religious systems shape society?
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Topic 1.3 Developments in South & Southeast Asia Topic 1.4 Devs in the Americas
How did various beliefs and practices in South and Southeast Asia affect society and the development of states? What states developed in the Americas, and how did they change over time?
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Topic 1.5 Developments in Africa Topic 1.6 Developments in Europe
How and why did states develop in Africa and change over time? How did the beliefs and practices of the predominant religions, agricultural practices, and political decentralization affect European society from c. 1200 to c. 1450?
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Topic 1.7 Comparison in the Period from c. 1200- c. 1450 Writing an LEQ
In what ways was the process of state-building in various parts of the world beteem c. 1200 and c. 1450 similar and different? What are the points on the Long Essay Question rubric and how are they earned?
  • Week 1 Explain the systems of government employed by Chinese dynasties and how they developed over time. Explain the effects of Chinese cultural traditions on East Asia over time. Explain the effects of innovation on the Chinese economy over time. Explain how systems of belief and their practices affected society in the period from c. 1200 to c. 1450. Explain the causes and effects of the rise of Islamic states over time. Explain the effects of intellectual innovation in Dar al-Islam. Week 2 Explain how the various belief systems and practices of South and Southeast Asia affected society over time. Explain how and why various states of South and Southeast Asia developed and maintained power over time. Explain how and why states in the Americas developed and changed over time. Week 3 Explain how and why states in Africa developed and changed over time. Explain how the beliefs and practices of the predominant religions in Europe affected European society. Explain the causes and consequences of political decentralization in Europe from c. 1200 to c. 1450. Explain the effects of agriculture on social organization in Europe from c. 1200 to c. 1450. Week 4 Explain the similarities and differences in the processes of state formation from c. 1200 to c. 1450.
I have been teaching AP World History since 2011. In addition, for 2 years, I have offered AP DBQ prep classes on Outschool (rated 5 stars) and there are also a handful of learners who I tutor on Outschool specifically in the area of AP World History (rated 5 stars.)
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: Available upon request
Feedback: Available upon request
Details: Approximately 25 pages of reading will be assigned each week. In addition, students will be expected to answer practice multiple choice questions and write answers to 3-6 short answer questions.
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: Students will be graded on multiple-choice question completion. Written responses will be graded based on the college board rubric for SAQs. Students will be given written feedback to strive for mastery of the content and skills.
Students are encouraged to purchase a recent review book: Princeton, 5 Steps to a 5, Barrons, or AMSCO Advanced Placement World History Modern (1200-present).
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Google Forms will be accessed through a link (open in a browser) and students only need to enter their first name.
The OER Project is accessed through a link that will open in a browser. No email or identifying information is needed for this resource.
College Board AP World History Framework
Princeton Review
Barrons Review
5 Steps to a 5
Amsco AP World History Modern
OER AP World History Project https://www.oerproject.com/AP/Unit-1
Joined June, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
NewJersey Teaching Certificate in Special Education
NewYork Teaching Certificate in Special Education
Florida Teaching Certificate in Social Studies/History
With many years of teaching experience and a Master's Degree in education, I can pretty much teach anything to anyone! My students have ranged from beginners through AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) high school... 
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4 pre-recorded lessons
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Ages: 14-18

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