AP World History

Advanced Placement World History

Mr. Burress – R.Burress@sweetwaterschools.org
Ms. Harris – Maria.harris@sweetwaterschools.org

Course description
AP World History is a two semester course designed by College Board with sophomores in mind. The course is structured so that students will be prepared to pass the National AP Exam held in May. The course covers the history of the world from early societies, from roughly 8000 B.C.E., to the present. Students are required to do a considerable amount of reading both from the textbook and supplemental materials. Additionally, essay writing and historiography are of equal importance in answering the College Board AP World History three-hour exam that will culminate the academic year.

The recommended prerequisites


  • How many hours of homework are given per week?  4-6 hours
  • How often are we tested? There are weekly comprehension quizzes over required readings followed by tests, approximately every 2-3 weeks, with cumulative exams 3 times a semester.
  • How often do we write an essay? First semester emphasis is on Document-Based Questions and thesis statements.  Second semester there are formal on-demand writing prompts every 2-3 weeks.