AP World History: Modern is a course that continues to grow in student and faculty participation. The goal of this APSI is to introduce the main themes and skills to educators who are either new to the course or are a seasoned veteran who is hoping to refine some of their methods and approaches to the course. AP World History: Modern is an introductory college-level modern world history course. Students cultivate their understanding of world history from c. 1200 CE to the present through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.
Goals of the Institute:
- Recognize the components of the Course and Exam Description and be able to identify the curricular requirements of the course
- Understand the organization of the Unit Guides and Topics and create instructional plans that fit the 6 themes and 4 time periods of the course
- Present a variety of methods to instruct historical thinking skills and reasoning processes
- Use the learning objectives to guide instruction and assessment of historical developments
- Understand how to locate and use online resources to create best assessment practices.
Participant needs & items you should have access to during the week include:
- A laptop computer/ tablet
- A favorite lesson or practice to share
- AP Classroom (if your school administration has signed off on the course)
- A copy of your school’s academic calendar
- A copy of the textbook you will be using next year (if you have access to one)
Tentative Daily Schedule:
Day One: Becoming Familiar with the Course
- Overview of College Board Resources
- Topic Focus: Unit 0 – How to introduce AP World History up to 1200 C.E.
- Topic Focus: Time Period 1 (Units 1 and 2): Bridging Empire and Expansion and Networks of Exchange
- Exam Focus: Multiple Choice Questions
- Historical Reasoning Skill: Context
Day Two: Planning the Course
- Dive into the Course Exam Description
- Topic Focus: Time Period 2 (Units 3 and 4): Land-Based and Maritime Empires
- Exam Focus: Short Answer Questions
- Historical Reasoning Skill: Comparison
Day Three: Introducing the Course to Students
- Check out AP Classroom Daily Video and Resources
- Topic Focus: Time Period 3 (Units 5 and 6): The Age of Revolutions
- Exam Focus: Long Essay Questions
- Historical Reasoning Skill: Causation
Day Four: Teaching the Course
- Check out AP Classroom Question Bank
- Topic Focus: Time Period 4 (Units 7, 8 and 9): Conflicts and Globalization in the 20th and 21st centuries.
- Exam Focus: Document Based Questions
- Historical Reasoning Skill: Change and Continuity Over Time
- Using AP Practice Exams
- How to write/adapt questions to fit the Exam
Kody Engle, Consultant
Kody Engle has taught in the Tulsa, OK area for 19 years. Kody started teaching AP World History in 2007 and began participating in the AP World History Reading in 2008 and has acted as a Reader (2008-2012), Table Leader (2012-2016), and currently serves as a Question and Exam Leader (2017-Present). In addition to attending the AP Reading each year, Kody currently serves on the AP World History Test Development Committee where he works alongside high school and college faculty and the College Board to revise test items for use in future APWH exams. In addition to AP World History: Modern, Kody teaches AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Capstone/Seminar while also serving as the program director of the Jenks High School International Scholars Program.