AP World History Resources: Writing and Skills

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Writing Resources

LEQ + DBQ Rubrics

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Unit 0 (8000 BCE – 1200 CE. Whoa.)

Big Idea: Civilizations rose and developed methods of building and maintaining states that would be continued throughout history.

Lesson: Continuities in State-Building 101 (Students use SPICE-T to discuss how they would administer a large state and then the class looks at documents from the Ancient and Classical eras to evaluate common ways states attempt to maintain power.

Foreshadowing: How will these elements of state building continue or adapt as new civilizations with increased interaction and technology arise?

Unit 1: The Global Tapestry (1200-1450)

Big Idea: Roll call! What major states are dominating each region in the late postclassical era? And what common factors are they utilizing to maintain state power in the region?

Lesson: Regional Continuities in Asia (Students analyze sets of documents relating to general continuities throughout history in either China, the Middle East, or India.)

Foreshadowing: Which postclassical states will benefit from economic, environmental, and cultural exchange? Which postclassical states might be resistant to new ideas from other regions?

Unit 2: Networks of Exchange (1200-1450)

Big Idea: Now, how did those late postclassical states interact and what economic, environmental, and cultural exchanges occurred as a result of global trade networks?

Foreshadowing: How will those exchanges help Europe re-enter, and ultimately dominate, global networks of exchange?

Unit 3: Land-Bases Empires (1450-1750)

Big Idea: Across Asia, states were continuing to utilize traditional methods to maintain power in their land-based empires.

Foreshadowing: How will these land-based empires be impacted by and react to the rise of European maritime empires?

Unit 4: Transoceanic Interactions (1450-1750)

Big Idea: Maritime empires were established, dominating the Americas, Atlantic trade and port cities in Africa and Asia; and they competed with traditional land-based powers in older trade networks like the Indian Ocean.

Foreshadowing: How are the early European settlements and ports of trade going to grow into global empires? And how will traditional land-based empires respond?

Unit 5: Revolutions (1750-1900)

Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization (1750-1900)

Unit 7: Global Conflict (1900-2001)

Unit 8: Cold War and Decolonization (1900-2001)

Unit 9: Globalization (1900-2001)