World History AP* is one of the most exciting courses, tasked with developing up-and-coming historians and world citizens. The course seems daunting – over 10,000 years in less than thirty-six weeks – but the focus on historical reasoning skills and historical processes make this intimidating task more manageable. It’s the Skills, not the memorization of countless facts.
During the week, we’ll discuss format, pace, class requirements, and day-to-day structures. In addition, we’ll work on the three major areas of concern in any social science class – reading, writing, and thinking – and the techniques that will help teachers meet students’ needs.
Many new structures have been added to the course within the last few years, requiring additional changes to the course and the way it is taught. We’ll be sure to cover all the new formats and begin a discussion over best practices for prepping and reviewing for the exam.
Finally, we’ll look at past World History AP* Exams, analyzing the multiple-choice and writing portions, to best organize our class and course around successful teaching and learning. And don’t worry…if you’re new to the course, you’ll be ready to teach it; and if you’re an “old-hand,” then you’ll be caught up with the changes. It’s a great course with tremendous possibilities…it just takes time!
• To familiarize participants with the unique perspective, habits of mind, and themes of a world history curriculum AND to develop a practical and functioning course syllabus
• To present world history content, allaying the fears of new world history teachers while enhancing the knowledge of veterans in a collegial environment
• To share instructional and time-management strategies for student and teacher success
• To explore text, visual, and internet resources that will boost any world history course
• To investigate the traits and techniques necessary for an Advanced Placement*course in world history through a thorough analysis of the AP* exam
• Each day will have the following elements: Course Development, Reasoning Skills, Historical Content, Teaching Resources, Historiography, and Sharing of Best Practices
• Participants will be encouraged to participate in focused discussions by analyzing academic articles, reading primary texts, and sharing best practices
• Laptops are encouraged, but not required
Day 1 – Course Introduction and Structure
Days 2 & 3 – Essay Writing and Text Analysis
Day 4 – Short Answer Questions and Multiple-Choice
Bill Zeigler lives in San Diego with his wife Marianne. He earned his BA in history from San Diego State University and MA in education with an emphasis in professional development in gifted education. He teaches history-social sciences and English at San Marcos High School. Bill currently serves as the Assistant to the Chief Reader for AP World History.
Bill has always had a keen interest in world history. He was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation at Princeton where he studied the “long nineteenth-century” and was awarded a two-year NEH fellowship to study India and China at Cal Poly Pomona. Bill has presented at the World History Association, National Council for the Social Studies, and the AP Annual Conference. He is a consultant for the College Board in World and US History, Social Studies, Vertical Teaming, and Interdisciplinary Strategies, with presentations in Heidelberg, Brasilia, Bangkok, Madrid, Seoul, Cairo, Manila, and Nairobi. Bill has served as a member of the program committee and the executive board of the World History Association.