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AP World History


Course Description

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     Students in AP World History explore the developments of earth's cultures from 8,000 BC to the present. Throughout the course, we will highlight intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social, and economic developments.  Our attempt will be to study each from a variety of perspectives in order to develop a well-rounded view of history.

     Students must be aware up-front that this is a college-level course, meaning that the amount/difficulty of reading and the depth of inquiry will be more intense than in other courses.  In my experience, students struggle at the beginning, and some parents try to save them from the work. What takes them an hour or two at the beginning will take them 15 minutes by the end of the year. Additionally, preparing for this level of work will help the students prepare for college. Students will learn how to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize historical evidence (such as documentary material, maps, statistical tables, works of art, and pictorial and graphical materials) and the interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  Students will receive a grade for quality participation in these discussions.

     Any well-conceived course on history requires frank discussion of changes to political and religious ideologies. I never ask students to disclose personal religious beliefs, but frank discussion of political beliefs is par for the course. High school students generally do not have a strict political ideology, and I encourage the students to consider their own political feelings and share those feelings with the class.

     The course textbook is Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters: a Global Perspective On the Past. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 2010. This will be our chief secondary document, but students are required to read and react to other historians' writings.  Most of the primary documents are available online.  Every student has access to the internet via our library. I will not have my students use a site that requires signing away personal information.

Class Rules

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     My rules are:

  1. Be on task.
  2. Be nice.
  3. Be on time
  4. Clean up after yourself.
  5. Leave other people & their things alone.

     You should be aware that I will enforce the rules in the school-wide disclosure, especially those regarding attendance and electronic devices..


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  • There is no extra credit available.
  • Students may retake tests within two weeks of the date they are initially given.  Test retakes must be redone with me before or after school under all circumstances. The higher score enters the grade book.
  • While tests may be redone for a higher score, assignments cannot be (I've found that students do the first few, finish it later, and expect full credit). Pop quizzes cannot be redone. Bell ringer quizzes can be made up after school only at the rate of two quizzes per day.
  • Class often begins with a reading quiz. Students that are late or absent can make it up before or after school within a reasonable time. Do not expect to leave all makeup quizzes to end of the trimester.
  • Some assignments are weighted (worth more than their face value) for pedagogical reasons. For example, essays have a score of 9, but are weighted by a factor of 3, making them worth 27 points. If you want to know which are weighted, please see me (the gradebook does not always indicate them).
  • Most essays are given in "quiz" format - meaning they must be made up before or after school like a quiz.
  • Hall pass policy:  Students may use the hall pass three times per trimester.  More than that and expect a trip to citizenship class.  Students may leave for a maximum of five minutes per pass.
  • Third trimester only: No one can turn in assignments or retake quizzes/tests after the date of the AP test (except, obviously, the assignments that are assigned after the test).

Videos and Supplemental Materials

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     I am required to notify parents before showing any videos rated TV-PG/PG/PG-13/TV-14 in class.  I use 5 – 10 minute clips from many History Channel documentaries in class (most of these are rated TV-14).  I will keep the videos updated on the class calendar.  Let me know if you find one objectionable, and I will give your child an alternate assignment.  Know in advance that I avoid scenes of excessive violence and all sexual content. Many of the documentaries are heavily censored.

Information for IEP/504 Students

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     I will make every accommodation legally required by a student’s IEP or 504 plan.  The school has a system of getting these accommodations to me, but please make sure that I have received them and that my understanding of the accommodation matches yours.
     The course requires intensive reading and a fair bit of writing.
I'd love to help, but there is no way around it.


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If you have any questions, problems, or concerns, please contact me immediately.

Call me at the school at 435-734-4840.
My e-mail is aaron (dot) crawford (at) besd (dot) net. Email is the best way to get in touch with me. Unless you ask a question that takes me a while (for example, if you ask me whether a certain assignment has been handed in and I need to search through the stack of recently turned in assignments), I respond to e-mails within 24 hours. If I don't, send it again (our junk mail is overactive). If you put Box Elder in the subject line and body of the email it is more likely to bypass the filters.
I am required to be here 20 minutes before and 20 minutes after school. I am usually here a little earlier and I often stay later on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Drop by for a chat.

I maintain a Facebook account just for contacting students (it is separate from the account I use to maintain contact with friends).  I've found that students are more comfortable using social media than e-mail or face-to-face communications when they need assistance. You are welcome to “friend” me also and make sure I'm not a creeper.  My profile picture is of King Henry VIII.