Jay Harmon's
Advanced Placement*
World History Site
Changes coming to AP World History.  See FAQ Page

  Hey! I wrote a book: REA's Crash Course in AP World History.  See it here
Hey! I wrote another book: The Teacher's Edition of Ways of the World, with Sources, 2nd ed See it here

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AP World History: What?
The Themes
APWH Links and Document Searches
Join The APWH Teacher Community
Textbook Search

For AP European History, Click Here

Buddha AP* World History:
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                                                           Flash! Changes coming to APWH for 2016-17. See FAQ Page

                                                           AP World History covers the major developments that link the themes (see below)
                                                           of peoples throughout human history.

                                                           Knowledge of year-to-year political events is not required.

                                                           Most of the AP World History course covers c. 600 C.E. to the present. 
                                                           Period 1 (5% of the exam) covers to c. 600 BCE

                                                           and Period 2 (15% of the exam) covers c. 600 BCE to
to c. 600 CE.               
                                                           No more than 20% of the multiple choice questions will focus soley on European History.

                                                           United States History will be included in relation to its interaction with other societies.
                                                          The Exam consists of 70 multiple choice questions and three essays:

                                                           One Document Based Question (DBQ), one Continuity and Change-Over-Time essay

                                                           and one Comparative essay, each equally weighted on the exam
                                                          The M/C score is 50% of the final score.  The combined essay scores are the other 50%.

Frequently Asked Questions

dhow Themes in APWH

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The course requires students to analyze the causes and processes of continuity and change
across historical periods through the following themes:

1. Interaction between humans and the environment
Demography and disease
Patterns of settlement

2. Development and interaction of cultures
Belief systems, philosophies & ideologies
Science & technology
The arts and architecture

3. State-building, expansion and conflict
Political structures and forms of governance
Nations and nationalism
Revolts and revolutions
Regional, transregional and global structures and organizations

4. Creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems
Agricultural and pastoral production
Trade and commerce
Labor systems
Capitalism and socialism

5. Development and transformation of social structures
Gender roles and relations
Family and kinship
Racial and ethnic constructions
Social and economic classes

upside down AP World History Links world map

  Needed: APWH exam readers--yes, we have fun!.  Info  Here .

APWH Teacher-Created Websites

Cerritos HS, CA
Horace Greeley HS,  NY

Appleton North HS, WS
East Grand Rapids HS, MI
(log in as "guest")
Righetti HS, CA

Singapore American School
Friendswood HS, TX
Kings Park HS, NY

Freeman-pedia APWH Site

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World History Connected
World History Matters
World History For Us All

The College Board's
AP Central for APWH
The World History
Wilson Center
Cold War History Project

Social StudiesSchool

Services APWH Site
Archaeology Mag.

The World History Network

CNN's "Millennium"
 World Religion Resources
History World.net
(Islamic Architecture)

Teaching History With Technology
Nat'l Geographic's
History Site

Asia For

Document Searches

HyperHistory Online
World History
WWW Virtual Library

Historical Text
 Internet History
Sourcebook Project
 The Map
As History

Best History Sites.net
Women in
World History
More Maps
in History

 Art History Resources
On The Web

World Art
Time Maps
World History Sources
CGFA: A Virtual Art Museum
Internet Sacred
Text Archives

Applied History Research Group

Eyewitness to History

computer The AP World History
Teacher Community
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The AP World History Teacher Community is a group of, by and for
professionals interested in that course.  Postings can be about any aspect of the AP World History program.
It is sponsored by the College Board.

codex AP World History Textbooks
Click on the title to order a sample copy
See FAQ Link above fo
r tips  

Alphabetically by author

Biblical Illumination

World Civilizations
World History

Stearns, et al:
World Civilizations
The Global Experience


Traditions and Encounters

Hansen and Curtis:
Voyages in World History

Strayer: The Ways of the World
Jay's new favorite
Bulliet, et al:
The Earth and Its Peoples

The World's History
Tignor, et al:
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart

Craig, et al:
Heritage of World Civilizations

Upshur, et al:
World History

(compact edition)

Great Book for new APWH teachers: World History: The Basics by Peter Stearns

AP World History Document Readers

Click on the title to order a sample copy
Reverse Alphabetically by Author

Wiesner-Hanks, et al:
Discovering the Global Past

Riley:Worlds of History Judge:Connections:
A World History
Sherman:World Civilizations:
& Interpretations
Kishlansky:Sources in
World History

The Human Record

How to Write APWH Essays:

Get Barbara Ozuna's fantastic Writing Through Time

APWH Student Study Guides

Some excellent APWH student study guides are

Princeton Review's Cracking the AP World History Exam,
by Monty Armstrong;
Kaplan's AP World History by Jen Laden and Patrick Whelan
Bedford St.Martin's Strive for a 5 by Barbara Ozuna, Ryba Epstein, Patrick Whelan and others
and Sparknotes' AP World History Power Pack featuring contributions from Sharon Cohen.
Oh, and I wrote one too: REA's Crash Course in AP World History.

Link to Philly APAC Canals session HERE

Link to AP Annual Post-Conference Sunday session HERE

Link to Rice APSI materials HERE

  Jay Harmon, the creator of this website, teaches
AP World History and AP US History at Houston Christian High School in Texas.
He has been an exam reader in AP US and AP European History,  a Question Leader and Table Leader
  for AP World History and is a former member of the APWH Test Development Committee.
  He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Louisiana State University. Go Tigers.

He is the creator of the College Board's AP US, AP Euro and AP World History electronic discussion groups
  and is also a Consultant to the College Board.  (Whew!)

Hey!  I wrote an APUS History study book:  Kaplan's Flip-O-Matic: U.S. History.  See it here.

This site neither has nor seeks corporate sponsorship. 

Please send kindnesses, corrections and/or suggestions to Jay Harmon
However, do not ask me to do your homework.

Updated June 30, 2014

* The College Board owns the terms  "AP,"  "Advanced Placement" and "College Board" and a unique shade of blue.