World History

The aim of this course is to provide teachers with the philosophical framework and the practical tools to construct and teach a course in AP World History and prepare students for the AP World History exam. We will work with the new format of the exam, the tweaked syllabus, and how to best prepare students and student assessments for the new exam format.

We will discuss the themes and eras of the course, how to cover the content and create a curricular map of the course, what print and web resources are available and appropriate for the course, and how to teach the skills necessary to succeed on the AP exam.

It would be useful if you could bring the text you will assign to the students with if you know what it will be, but it is not necessary. The course assumes that your students will be reading a college-level text, which is a requirement for an AP course and the AP Audit/syllabus certification. Participating teachers will have the opportunity to examine a number of appropriate texts and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. Additionally, there should be a few primary source readers available for assessment.

If you currently are teaching any history/social studies course, please bring:

  • a copy of the textbook your students will be using
  • a laptop if you have one and a flashdrive/memory stick
  • a copy of your school’s 2016-17 master calendar. We will have time to do some curriculum mapping


Our four days will be constructed as follows, although they may alter slightly depending on the needs of the participants.


  • Introductions and Expectations
    • What do you need to get out of this workshop?
  • Philosophy and Approach to Teaching the AP World History Course: The Redesigned Course Description booklet and what it means for the course and the AP exam
    • Historical thinking skills: overview
    • Developing student understanding
    • Understanding the thematic learning objectives & key concepts
    • Planning your courses
      • Curriculum Mapping: Strategies for organization
      • Chronology/Periodization of WH
      • Geography of WH
  • In-depth Historical Thinking Skills: Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence – Primary and Secondary Sources


  • In-depth Historical Thinking Skills:
    • Chronological Reasoning – Causation, CCOT, and Periodization
  • In-depth Historical Thinking Skills:
    • Making Historical Connections – Comparison & Contextualization
    • Making Historical Connections – Synthesis
    • Creating and Supporting a Historical Argument


  • Sequencing the AP World History Course
  • Selecting Resources to Support Teaching AP World History
  • Strategies for Teaching AP World History
  • Possible field trip or curricular mapping time


  • Unit Development
    • Professional Development manual on Nigerian Oil
  • Assessing Student Understanding
  • Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development

Learning Goals

Teachers will be able to...
  1. Explain how the historical thinking skills tie the course together.
  2. Explain how the parts of the curriculum framework fit together and complement one another.
  3. Explain the scope of the course.
  4. Explain the themes of AP World History and explain how the thematic learning objectives define what students should know and be able to do by the end of the AP World History course
  5. Explain how student understanding will be assessed on the exam.
  6. Explain the rubrics for the free-response questions and applying them to students’ responses.
  7. Describe the Instructional Planning Report and evaluate the information in order to improve instruction.
  8. Explain and apply the historical thinking skills.
  9. Utilize effective instructional strategies to develop historical thinking skills and content knowledge.
  10. Apply their knowledge of content and pedagogy to build a unit of instruction.
  11. Align instruction and assessment, as well as instruction and the learning objectives.
  12. Assess student understanding and providing feedback.
  13. Implement the curricular requirements and include them in their syllabi.
  14. Describe available resources and how to use them in class.
  15. Explain how students demonstrate understanding.
  16. Sequence their courses to scaffold concepts and historical thinking skills.
  17. Explain the value of including all students in AP.
  18. Describe the equity and access policy and how they can implement it in their classrooms.
  19. Identify the supports available to teach the AP World History course.

Wonderful session, very informative..

–Past Client

Ane Lintvedt

Ane has taught AP European and AP World History at McDonogh School in suburban Baltimore Maryland for 30 years, where she is currently the department chair. She scored the European AP exams for 9 years, and has been with the World History AP exam reading since its inception, as both a Table Leader and a Question Leader. She served on the test development committee of the SAT II in World History, on the College Board AP World History Curricular Redesign Commission, and on the College Board’s Academic Advisory Committee. Ane has written instructor guides and student guides for several of the texts used in both AP European and World History, and has written many articles and papers on World History topics and pedagogy and presented papers at the World History Association, NCSS, and American Historical Association conferences. Ane has served twice as the Secretary of the World History Association.

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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