Mr. Sean Kay

Rm 606






(We may move a little slower or faster in some areas)


         Congratulations! You are in AP World history!!!

         AP World History is designed to be a college-level course taught to high school   


         The challenges of the class are:

  1.         More difficult content (college level) Looks great on transcripts, helps you get into college
  2.       More homework: typically you will have about an hour a day from this class
  3.         More essay writing and multiple choice exams
  4.         The AP Exam is difficult and long (about 4.5 hours)

* All students should visit & explore the AP College Board website throughout 

   the year to stay

               up to date on any and all information that is provided.



·         The perks for the class are the following:

  •      Students who take AP classes get into better colleges
  •      Students who take AP classes learn how to succeed in college (will be prepared)
  •      You can earn college units by passing the AP exam at the end of the year
  •      On a 5 point scale, a score of 3 or better is passing on the AP test





·         The content is world history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present

·         The course will be truly global, focusing on the connections between world 

        civilizations throughout history, and will give students a clear understanding of

        today’s interconnected world





   Traditions and Encounters, by Bentley and Ziegler





·         There are TWO major categories for grades given in this class.

·         Grades are calculated by the relative weight given to each category.

  •        Exams and Essays                     60%   
  •        Homework and Class work         40% 


Grading Scale

  • 100-90 = A
  •   89-80 = B
  •   79-70 = C
  •   69-60 = D
  •   59-0   = F


·         Unit exams

  1. The course is divided into 6 large units.
  2. Unit exams are very important events in our year and require significant preparation.
  3. Quizzes will also be given regularly



·         Essays & Projects

  •  Essays will be assigned during the course to enhance student writing.
  •  Many of these essays will be scored using a system of peer review and feedback.    The peer grading system will provide students with: 
  1.        Detailed training on grading essays.
  2.        Frequent feedback on their work.
  3.        An equitable rotation of student graders.
  4.       The ability to appeal scores awarded by student graders.
  5.       Peer scored essays will be worth less than full essays used as assessments.



·         Late Work


  •         Is not accepted unless it is due to an excused absence.  Make sure assignments are completed and turned in on time.
  •         A student with an excused absence will have two days for each day absent after returning to make up the work except for projects.
  •         Projects will be scheduled well in advance and will not be accepted past the due date. A student absent that day must turn the project in ahead of time or have a family member turn the work in for them the day it is due.





·       I am philosophically against extra-credit. (doubtful you will see extra credit on any college course)

·      Students are expected to be prepared and perform well on regular assignments, class work and exams.



       All assignments will be posted on my school website calendar, which will allow

     all students to easily keep track of what is due at any time throughout the year.




·     Grades will be maintained on Genesis and students/parents should get their portal

     established and working to be aware of student assignments and grades.  Contact

     RMHS to get an account.





I.        Unit 1 – Technological and Environmental Transformations: 8000 B.C.E. to

      600 B.C.E.


II.       Unit II – Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies: 600 B.C.E.

        to 600 C.E.


III.      Unit 3 – Regional and Transregional Interactions: 600 to 1450 C.E.


IV.      Unit 4 – Global Interactions: 1450 to 1750 C.E.





V.       Unit 5 – Industrialization and Global Integration: 1750 to 1900 C.E.


VI.      Unit 6 – Accelerating Global Change and Realignments: 1900 to the 



VII.    Review


a.       In Class: 1 Week

b.       At Home on your own – starting about one month before the AP exam.

c.       OPTIONAL “Teacher-Led” Review Sessions: Dates and Times are TBD

d.       Goal – Score a “5”, “4”, or “3” on the AP Exam and receive college credit.


AP EXAM:  Thursday, May 17th – Morning Session


VIII.       Post-Exam Studies

      Exam Dates: Semester 2 Finals! (See RMHS calendar)


                                i.      The time after the AP Exam will be spent completing a project

                               ii.      The project will culminate in either a presentation or a written assessment to be completed on the day of the final exam

Course Themes for AP World History


The five course themes below present areas of historical inquiry that should be investigated at various points throughout the AP World History course.

  1.       Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
  2.       Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
  3.       Theme 3: State Building, Expansion and Conflict
  4.       Theme 4: Creation, Expansion and Interaction of Economic Systems
  5.       Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures



     Students are expected to treat each other with respect and comply with the school

    and district rules and dress code.

  •         The dress code and School rules will be enforced
  •         Bullying and misbehavior will be dealt with quickly according to school policy
  •         Cell phones will be confiscated anytime they are out, or in use unless directed by me for use!
  •         Attendance is mandatory
  •         Work missed due to excused absences MUST be completed in a timely fashion
  •         Work hard and maintain at least a “C” grade
  •         Success in this class will be largely based on doing the reading, completing the work, and participating (discussing) in class. 
  •        Students who do not complete multiple assignments may be asked to drop the class at the semester.
  •        All students are expected to take the AP Exam at the end of the year.
  •        All essays, projects, and outlines that are assigned as homework are to be legibly HAND-WRITTEN.
  •        All students are expected to do their own work!!!!!
  •        DON”T COPY!!!!!!  Both the copyer and the copyee will receive zeros if copying is evident
  •        Parents will be notified and students will face serious disciplinary action (See RMHS Rules)!

·         Dropping or Transferring out of this class will be difficult

  •        All students should plan on sticking with the course for the entire year, even if it is challenging
  •        Colleges want to see AP classes on transcripts
  •        Once the year begins, students must complete the semester before a transfer will be considered
  •        Other World History classes cover a very different curriculum and it will be nearly impossible to calculate a fair grade for a transfer that occurs in the middle of a semester
  •        Any transfer must be approved both by the instructor and by RMHS Administration
  •        There will be ample opportunity to succeed in the course.  Students that keep working hard will not have problems maintaining a respectable grade in this class. 


·         DAILY

  • Pen or pencil.
  • Loose lined paper for notes, assignments, and essays.


  • Large 3-Ring Binder (A place to keep all of your work for the year – to be kept at HOME – 2-3 inch spine.)
  • Tab dividers for sectioning off your notebook, 1-2 packs (you can make these if you want).
  • Notebooks will be checked periodically for class points.
  • The binders and tabs must be created at the start of the year.
  • Class work should be inserted as it is completed.
  • This binder will serve as a great body of knowledge to study for the AP Exam  May 17, 2012