Bill Zeigler
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 world history and literature in the Humanities program at San Marcos High School, where he is the lead in developing a 9th-grade HSS-ELA course in Big History. Bill is currently an exam leader for AP World History, previously serving as a reader, table leader, and question leader. He was also a reader for US 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 an international consultant for the College Board in World 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.

2018 Agenda/Syllabus 
World History

World History AP* is one of the most exciting courses with the task of developing both emergent historians and world citizens. The course seems daunting: cover 10,000 years of history in less than thirty-six weeks! But the focus on historical thinking skills and historical processes help to make this intimidating task much more manageable. Therefore, our time together will focus on the management of the timeline and the development of skills. We’ll discuss format, pace, class requirements, and day-to-day structures. In addition, we’ll talk about the three major areas of concern in any social science class (reading, writing, and thin king) and the development of skills and strategies that will help teachers meet students’ needs. Finally, we’ll look at past World History AP* Exams, analyzing the multiple-choice and essay portions, in order 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
Course Outline
• Each day will have the following main elements – Course Development, Historical Thinking Skills, Essay Writing, Content, Resources, Historiography, Sharing of Best Practices
• Participants will be encouraged to share in focused discussions by analyzing academic articles, reading primary texts, and sharing best practices.
• Laptops are encouraged.
Day 1 – Monday
• Introductions
• Introduction to the Course
• Equity and Access – Students and Student Accessibility
• The Audit and Syllabus Development
• Periods 1 and 2 – to 600 CE
• Focus Activity and Article
Day 2 – Tuesday
• 1° and 2° Text Analysis
• The Essay
• Document Based Question (DBQ)
• Guides and Sourcebooks
• Focus Activity and Article
Day 3 – Wednesday
• 1° and 2° Text Analysis
• Comparison
• Multiple-Choice
• Periods 3 and 4 – 600-1750
• Focus Activity and Article 
Day 4 – Thursday
• 1° and 2° Text Analysis
• Continuity and Change Over Time
• Periods 5 and 6 – 1750-the Present
• Focus Activity and Article
• Review Techniques