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AP World History Unit 8 FLEX Class: The Cold War and Decolonization

This is a 4-week flex schedule class that will cover the content from Unit 8 of AP World History - The Cold War and Decolonization with a focus on thematic connections and historical thinking skills.
Wendy Wawrzyniak
27 total reviews for this teacher
New class
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Dec 19

Dec 19, 2022 - Jan 16, 2023 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Class Experience

Week 1:
Explain the historical context of the Cold War after 1945. 
Explain the causes and effects of the ideological struggle of the Cold War. 
Week 2:
Compare the ways in which the United States and the Soviet Union sought to maintain influence over the course of the Cold War. 
Explain the causes and consequences of China’s adoption of communism. 
Explain the causes and effects of movements to redistribute economic resources. 
Week 3:
Compare the processes by which various peoples pursued independence after 1900. 
Explain how political changes in the period from c.1900 to the present led to territorial, demographic, and nationalist developments. 
Explain the economic changes and continuities resulting from the process of decolonization. 
Week 4
Explain various reactions to existing power structures in the period after 1900. 
Explain the causes of the end of the Cold War. 
Explain the extent to which the effects of the Cold War were similar in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. 
I have 32 years of teaching experience, 25 of which is teaching secondary social studies. I have been teaching World History for 20 years and more specifically, AP World History for 7 years. I also attended the week-long APSI training (Summer Institute put on by the College Board) for both AP World History and AP Psychology. I have access to the College Board resources and attend regular professional development sessions. I have been offering 1:1 tutoring in AP World History over Outschool for the past year and teach a DBQ Essay (a requirement on the AP exam) review class that has a 5-star rating and has been attended by 50 learners. 
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.
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). I strongly recommend the AMSCO book, as I can provide page numbers that correspond to the content.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be assessed on multiple-choice 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.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
OER Project will be used for supplemental reading and links to some videos for enrichment. Google Forms will be used for assessment. Students need only enter their first name.
College Board AP World History Framework - this is the main source of information, as the course is meant to supplement and prepare students for the AP exam.
Princeton Review
Barrons Review
5 Steps to a 5
Amsco AP World History Modern
OER AP World History Project


Wendy Wawrzyniak
Lives in the United States
M.S. Education - Helping you have fun learning!
27 total reviews
76 completed classes

About Me

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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