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Do Better in History Class: Social Studies Patterns & Connections AP Prep SP

Wendy Wawrzyniak
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(67)
We will cover 18 recurring key concepts in the study of history. Students should start to make connections across the times & places of history to see recurring topics. This course helps students develop thinking skills needed in AP classes

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
18 lessons//18 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Belief Systems
Belief Systems - How have religions and belief systems affected society?
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Geography's Impact
Geography’s Impact - How do geography and people affect one another?
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Conflict - When, if ever, should people go to war? What causes conflict?
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Cultural Diffusion
Cultural Diffusion - How does cultural diffusion occur? And what are the results?
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Trade - What have been the intended and unintended effects of trade?
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Science & Technology
Science & Technology - What are the benefits and costs of scientific and technological advances?
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Political Systems
Political Systems - How do political systems rise, develop, and decline?
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Impact of the Individual
Impact of the Individual - How have individuals changed the world?
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Economic Systems
Economic Systems - How should resources and wealth be distributed?
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Revolution - Why do political revolutions occur? What are their outcomes?
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Nationalism - How can nationalism be a unifying and a divisive force?
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Migration - Under what circumstances do people migrate?
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Empire - How does a state gain or lose power over others?
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Dictatorship - How do dictators rise and fall from power? Why do people sometimes support dictators?
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Genocide - Why do people sometimes commit the crime of genocide?
 Week 16
Lesson 16
Cooperation - With whom should we cooperate and why?
 Week 17
Lesson 17
Democracy - Under what conditions is democracy most likely to succeed?
 Week 18
Lesson 18
Human Rights
Human Rights - How are human rights won or lost?
Students will deepen their understanding of the eighteen concepts that are essential to the study of history through discussion, visuals, readings, and reflection.
I have been teaching World History for over twenty of my thirty years of teaching, including AP classes. I have had many classroom discussions about difficult topics that may arise as part of studying the patterns of World History.
Homework Offered
Weekly flex class assignments should take students approximately an hour per week.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Student will receive weekly feedback based on work that is submitted in the form of written informal assessment. If the instructor feels as though a student doesn't understand a concept, the teacher will make efforts to provide remediation.
Grades Offered
All assignments are weighted equally and averaged together for a final grade. There are no tests or objective assessments for this course.
I highly recommend that a student who takes this class get a folder to keep handouts and notes in. There will be times that previous weeks' topics are referenced, so organization will contribute to success.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There may be sensitive topics, especially when discussing genocide, human rights, and conflict. There will be notice given in advance and if requested, images or specific topics will be sent to parents in advance. 
As a teacher with a many years of experience teaching this subject, you can be assured that I will handle all discussions and questions with tact and sensitivity.
There will be a variety of resources utilized, two frequently used sources are The History Channel and The Stanford Education History Group.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(67)
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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weekly or $250 for all content
18 pre-recorded lessons
18 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 14-18

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