AP World History is a challenging course that covers the history of the world from 1200 to the present. Students must master a variety of skills – including analyzing sources, critical thinking, and composing essays – to receive a high mark on the exam. One of the greatest difficulties for students in AP history courses is remembering events, people and places from across the world, and this lesson was designed for students to independently review the unit in preparation for taking a practice exam.
Unit 1: The Global Tapestry
Unit 2: Networks of Exchange
Unit 3: Land-Based Empires
Unit 4: Transoceanic Interconnections
Unit 5: Revolutions
Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization
Unit 7: Global Conﬂict
Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization
Unit 9: Globalization
“The key is to have students figure out for themselves what they know and don’t know,” according to Mr. Straub, the teacher of the class.
As a review class at the end of Unit 1, the students were guided to play a fun puzzle game using their knowledge. Students started off by putting together a Tarsia puzzle, matching names, places and events with their definitions.
Then the students took a self-assessment, identifying where they have a clear understanding of events and what they are unsure of and need to review.
Finally, students had a map where they identified which AP region events took place in. These skills are essential practice for how to prepare for taking a practice AP exam and the eventual real AP World History exam in May 2023.
The AP World History Exam assesses student understanding of the historical thinking skills and learning objectives outlined in the course framework. The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and students are required to answer 55 multiple-choice questions, 3 short-answer questions, 1 document-based question, and 1 long essay question.