AP World History - Instructor: Mr. Lee

ďLive as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.Ē

-Mohandas Gandhi-


Video for class - World Battleground, 1000 years of war in 5 minutes 

Below you will find links to the Winter Break Assignments

Magnificient Countries - Final Exam Project

To view assignments for 2012, click on the bookshelf.  

To view assignments for 2013, click on the globe. 


Useful Forms, Powerpoints, Rubrics, etc...

SPICE Worksheet Cornell Note Template
Note Taking PPt Essay Writing Rules
Thesis Writing Aid Compare\Contrast Rubric
Change Over Time Rubric DBQ Rubric


To find important documents, study guides, and powerpoints, click the appropriate chapter below (Please note if you have the AP Edition of the textbook you should add 1 to find the appropriate chapter).

Intro   Ch. 1 Ch. 2 Ch. 3 Ch. 4 Ch. 5 Ch. 6 Ch. 7
Ch. 8 Ch. 9 Ch. 10 Ch. 11 Ch. 12 Ch. 13 Ch. 14 Ch. 15
Ch. 16 Ch. 17 Ch. 18 Ch. 19 Ch. 20 Ch. 21 Ch. 22 Ch. 23
Ch. 24 Ch. 25 Ch. 26 Ch. 27 Ch. 28 Ch. 29 Ch. 30 Ch. 31

Below you will find some helpful websites for your Middle East Portfolio Project

BBC World

CIA World Factbook

English Al Jazeera

Also remember to check the databases available through the Media Center!

Back to Mr. Lee's Home Page



Bulliet,R. Crossley, P., Headrick, D., Hirsch, S., Johnson, L., & Northrup, D. The Earth and its Peoples.  Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company

Diamond, Jared. (1999) Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, New Edition. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

Kurlansky, Mark. (2002) Salt: A World History. New York, NY: Penguin Books.


  - Other materials needed are: two three-ring binders, colored pencils/markers, highlighters, pens, 3 x 5 note cards, and any other organizational tools that will help your student be successful.

Recommended Readings:

        Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart

        Dunn, Ross. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta

        Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, & Steel

        The Myth of Continents

        Dawson, Christopher. The Mongol Mission

        Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas

        Menzies, Gavin. 1421: The Year China Discovered America

        Phillips, J.R.S. The Medieval Expansion of Europe

        Lunenfeld, Marvin. 1492: Discovery, Invasion, Encounter

        Voltaire. The Age of Louis XIV.

        Smith, Vincent. Akbar the Great Mogul.

        Queller, Donald. The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople.

        Bentley, Jerry. Old World Encounters

        Ahmad, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate.

        Wright, Donald. The World and a Very Small Place in Africa.


The students marking period grade will be calculated in the following manner:

            Major Tests, Research Reports, Major Projects & Oral Presentations- 60%

           Quizzes, Class Reports, Book Reports, & Minor Projects- 30%

            Homework & Participation- 10% 


 The Final grade for the course will be calculated in the following manner: 

            The Marking Period grade(s) will constitute 80% of the final grade.

            The Final Examination will constitute 20% of the final grade.  


Course Description:

The purpose of AP World History is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies over time. This understanding is achieved through a combination of selective factual knowledge and analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. This is a conceptually oriented course not a fact-base one.


AP World History is organized into five major periods/units in which an immense variety of topics and ideas are explored. They are as follows:


Foundations                5 weeks

600 to 1450                  6 weeks

1450 to 1750                 5 weeks

1750 to 1914                 5 weeks

1914 to the present     5 weeks


The five overarching major themes of AP World History are:

1.     Interaction between humans and the environment.

2.     Development and interaction of cultures

3.     State-building, expansion, and conflict

4.    Creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems

5.     Development and transformation of social structures



Students are expected to:

         Keep all of their materials organized in a chronological order by unit and chapter of study. This type of organization will make it much easier to prepare for class discussions, activities, tests and the final AP exam.

         Complete ALL assignments whether reading, writings, projects, or demonstrations they are due on the dates listed in the semester outline unless changed by the instructor. 

         Read in their entirety ALL readings whether in the text, handouts, or documents will be read. 

         Show RESPECT, exercise COURTESY to all members of the class at all times, and value and practice HONESTY


Classroom Policies:

         Students are expected to be in their seats when the bell rings or he/she she will be marked tardy.

         If a student is absent from school, it is the STUDENTíS RESPONSIBILITY to ask what material or work was missed and to be completed within the next school day of the absence or the grade will be recorded as a ZERO.  All course work can be found on my website (http://www.burltwpsch.org/users/rlee/).

         If a student misses a test, that test MUST be made up WITHIN THREE DAYS or the test grade will be a zero. Arrangements to make up tests need to be made with the instructor. 

         Students are expected to be prepared for class will all necessary materials (notebooks, pencil or pen, text) and to turn in all written assignments ON TIME!!!!  Late homework will not be accepted.  Late projects / essays will not be accepted for full credit.  Work on those items (and these items only) received one day late will receive a 80 percent.   

         Students are expected to read ALL material assigned - in other words be PREPARED.

         All papers must have a name and a date on the front page.  Papers that are turned with without names may be reduced.

         All assignments must be typed, unless otherwise directed by the instructor. 

         Students are expected to take notes during lecture/discussions.

         Students are expected to follow the following regarding plagiarism:

o        Plagiarism Statement:  Plagiarism is the use of anotherís words or ideas and the presentation of them as though they are entirely oneís own.  Acts of plagiarism might include, but are not limited to 1.) using words or ideas from a published source without proper documentation; 2.) using the work of another student (e.g. copying another studentís homework, composition, or project); 3.) using excessive editing suggestions of another student, parent, or paid author.  Plagiarism on any project or paper will result in a zero for the assignment.  Unless directly stipulated by the teacher, collaboration on written work is not acceptable.  Students who willingly provide other students access to their work are in violation of the Honor Code.

         No profanity or slurs against others will be tolerated.

         Have a good time and learn as much as we possibly can!!!!!!!


Conferences and Study Sessions:

I will be available for individual parent conferences upon request. Students and parents are requested to make an appointment with the instructor in advance of the date they wish extra help or conference. Generally, I am available mornings from 6:45-7:15.  I can be reached by calling the school at 609-387-1713 or by email at rlee@burltwpsch.org .  Email is my communication of choice since I donít have a phone handy all day.


Final Note

I will do whatever I can to help you learn and enjoy the class. Please feel free to share academic problems privately and in a timely manner. The determining factors in your choice to succeed or not in the course and on the AP exam are:



Commitment/dedication/academic and personal pride


Organization/quality time on task/meeting deadlines

Attention to detail




I want all of us to be successful and enjoy the class and one another. I am looking forward to a productive and interactive year with each of you. I am thrilled and honored to have you in my classes.