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Welcome to AP World History at Granite Falls High School. I'm looking forward to an exciting year together.

I hope that you have already completed your Summer Reading Assignment. Also, please ensure that you have a 1.5 or 2 inch three-ring binder for this course. It will be necessary for organizing your readings, notes, assignments, and tests.

Course Information

The course consists of six units. The units follow the AP World standard periodization.

There are a number of themes that students will understand and historical thinking skills students will be able to demonstrate as a result of this course.


Bulliet, Richard, et. al. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 5th Edition.

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Period 1: Technological and Environmental Transformations to c. 600 B.C.E.

  • Key Concepts
    • Key Concept 1.1. Big Geography and the Peopling of the Earth
    • Key Concept 1.2. The Neolithic Revolution and Early Agricultural Societies
    • Key Concept 1.3. The Development and Interactions of Early Agricultural, Pastoral and Urban societies

Period 2: Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies, c. 600 B.C.E. to c. 600 C.E.

  • Key Concepts
    • Key Concept 2.1. The Development and Condification of Religious and Cultural Traditions
    • Key Concept 2.2. The Development of States and Empires
    • Key Concept 2.3. Emergence of Transregional Networks of Communication and Exchange

Period 3: Regional and Transregional Interactions, c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450

  • Key Concepts
    • Key Concept 3.1. Expansion and Intensification of Communication and Exchange Networks
    • Key Concept 3.2. Continuity and Innovation of State forms and Their Interactions
    • Key Concept 3.3. Increased Economic Productive Capacity and Its Consequences
  • Period 3 Resources

Period 4: Global Interactions and Conflict, c. 1450 to 1750

  • Key Concepts
    • Key Concept 4.1. Globalizing networks of Communication and Exchange
    • Key Concept 4.2. New Forms of Social Organization and Mose of Production
    • Key Concept 4.3. State Consolidation and Imperial Expansion
  • Period 4 Resources

Period 5: Industrialization and Global Interaction, c. 1750 to c. 1900

  • Key Concepts
    • Key Concept 5.1. Industrialization and Global Capitalism
    • Key Concept 5.2. Imperialism and Nation State Formation
    • Key Concept 5.3. Nationalism, Revolution and Reform
    • Key Concept 5.4. Global Migration
  • Period 5 Resources

Period 6: Accelerating Global Change and Realignments, c 1900 to the Present

  • Key Concepts
    • Key Concept 6.1. Science and the Environment
    • Key Concept 6.2. Global Conflicts and Their Consequences
    • Key Concept 6.3. New Conceptualizations of Global Economy, Society and Culture
  • Period 6 Resources

Reading Calendar

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Study Resources


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