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AP World History Summer Assignment


Welcome to AP World! As we try to comprehend the last 800+ years of human activity in nine months, it is imperative that we start off the year with some of the basics under our feet: the general shape of world history, the important places around this great big world, etc.

Ultimately, one of the goals of a college-level course is to prove that not only can you handle the academic rigor of a college curriculum, but also to demonstrate that you are responsible enough to complete assignments on your own time when you are away from the classroom. This summer will be a great opportunity to demonstrate to me that you are ready to do that.

As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. This is your first chance to show me what you are capable of. Make it a good one. Or I will literally judge you ALL YEAR.

The map and questions should be HANDWRITTEN. A blank map can be printed for you to work on, but the labels need to be handwritten. However, if it is announced that we are starting the new school year digitally, then and ONLY then, may you type your responses. It is possible for you to upload pictures of your work if you handwrite though.

The book This Fleeting World is available here (I recommend downloading to your laptop) or available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, etc.

It is also highly suggested you purchase the supplement book we use for class. We do offer it digitally in Canvas, but some students prefer to have the physical book. Please make sure if you decide to purchase elsewhere that you are purchasing the 2020 edition as anything older will be out of date in terms of the new AP Curriculum.

Bring this assignment on the first day of class. Questions? Email one of the AP World Teachers at: Emily.Gonzalez@ Joelle.Heath@ Kenneth.Croll@ Have fun!

Part I: This Fleeting World and questions

Part II: Map Creation

Part 1 - This Fleeting World

By David Christian

Answer all questions on a separate sheet of paper.

Prequel Not required, but covers the science behind our Earth if that interests you.

Beginnings: The Era of Foragers 1. What are some leading hypotheses (informed theories) about how our species emerged? How are humans

different? 2. What was the relationship among human foragers and the environment/nature, and how was it different

from our relationships to other humans today and to our environment? 3. Why is language important to humans?

Acceleration: The Agrarian Era 4. Why can the Agrarian Era be considered a time of acceleration (speeding up)? 5. What changes to human life were caused by settled agricultural development? 6. Where did cities first emerge, and what was earliest urban life like? 7. What were some of the most influential faith systems that developed during this time?

Our World: The Modern Era 8. What are the major features and trends of the Modern Era? 9. What were the main causes of humanity's revolution from agrarian societies to modernity? 10. Why is the 20th century considered a century of crisis?

Periodization in World History 11. What is periodization? 12. What are some of the THEORETICAL, ORGANIZATIONAL, EHTICAL, and TECHNICAL problems of

periodization in World History? 13. Why are the periodization labels ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL, and MODERN problematic?

Summarizer Questions (14-17)--choose four of the nine to answer once you've finished the book.

Each answer should be about one to two paragraphs long.

Start each answer with a sentence or two that express your main idea(s). Think in terms of patterns or themes.

The idea(s) must be clear, logical, and argumentative (can be supported by evidence from the book).

Provide specific evidence (examples) from the book that will support ideas expressed at the beginning of your short answer. Whether it is a direct quote from the book or a reference (paraphrase), indicate the page in parenthesis.

Your answers should be done in complete sentences with no or minimal grammar and sentence structure mistakes. A. How did development of and interaction between various societies impact trade, exchange of ideas, and distribution of resources throughout the history of humanity?

B. What trends/characteristics of humanity changed over time and which ones remained the same? Think of human ability to communicate, organize, create, destroy, etc.

C. What factors influenced the development and spread of technologies through time?

D. What factors influenced changes in demography (population growth/decline) through time?

E. Analyze human impact on environment through time. Provide specific examples.

F. Analyze changes and continuities (i.e. consistencies) in the way human societies are structured (think social classes).

G. What elements of human culture, in your opinion, caused the most profound changes within and between societies throughout history? (There are many complex definitions of "culture" and "human culture" that you might want to explore before answering this question).

H. Provide at least three ideas/theories that caused the most influential changes in the world. (for this question, you can provide at least one important idea per era.)

I. How did political organization and functions of states change over time? (think of systems of government, expectations of ruled and rulers, responsibilities and loyalty of citizens, etc.)


Big Thoughts Questions 18. Aliens land on Earth, and they want to know more about human history. Really, they want to know EVERYTHING about human history. Knowing that you can't tell them everything, and leaving aside the obvious problems of communication, what would you tell them? How would you summarize, briefly, all of human history? (Essentially, a TL;DR) 19. Pose 2 or more questions about the history described in this book. What do you want to know more about? What do you WONDER about?

Part 2 ? World Geography

A blank world map and a map of the AP World Regions are included at the end of this packet for you to use on this section of the assignment. You can have the maps copied onto larger size paper to make them easier to label, but no huge poster sizes, please. You can find similar maps on Google if you can't get the maps pasted into this file big enough for your purposes, but the world map must be *blank* before you start fiddling.

On a blank map (given below), draw in and label the following features below. You may use simple labeling or symbols in a legend if appropriate. It's recommended you at least make your map the size of a normal sheet of paper, but please do not make it poster size. Color is recommended to help code and identify the different items below.

In Africa Sahara Desert Nile River Niger River Congo River Ethiopia Mali Ghana South Africa Egypt

In Europe Russia Ural Mountains England Germany France Spain Balkan Peninsula Greece Italy Mediterranean Sea Turkey

In Asia China Yangtze River Yellow (Huang He) River Japan Korean Peninsula Indonesia Vietnam Philippines Indian Ocean Mongolia Russia

In the Americas Mississippi River Rio Grande River Mexico Central America Caribbean Sea Andes Mountains Pacific Ocean Atlantic Ocean


In the Middle East/ India Mesopotamia Tigris River Euphrates River Arabian Peninsula Suez Canal Ganges River Indus River India Pakistan Iraq Iran Himalayan Mountains

We don't really do much about Australia in this course. Deal with it, Australia.

THE MAPS AP World History Official Map


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