Welcome to AP World History!

I hope you all had a great first day back at North Cobb High School.  Remember, if you’ve got any problems with your schedule (missing classes, duplicate classes, incorrect classes) to let your teachers know immediately this week so we can get you settled into whatever courses are correct for you as quickly as possible.

Tonight, I need you to do a few things for me.  First, sit down with your parents or guardians and go over the AP World History Class Handbook which you received today in class.  We went over some of it in class, but you should really take a moment to look through the whole thing– and make sure you show it to your parents, as well.  (If they’d like their own copy, by the way, they can download a .pdf of the handbook here: APWHHandbook.)  Once you’ve read over the handbook, please sign the acknowledgment sheet at the back of the handbook, remove it, and put it in your folder to return to me.

After looking over the handbook, please take a few minutes and complete the student information survey embedded below.  Please provide the most accurate information you can so that I can have a better picture of who you are and how I can best help you be successful in the course.  You will need your handbook with you as you fill out the survey, as there are several questions which ask you to review information from the class handbook and website.

After completing your student information survey, you’ll need to get to work on your first homework assignment of the semester: establishing a baseline understanding of the geographic regions addressed in this class.

While this course is (clearly) not a geography class, it certainly helps to be able to recognize regions and have a basic geographic knowledge of the world.  After all, you certainly don’t want to mess up and write an essay on China when you were meant to write about South Asia.  To that end, tonight you will need to read the short article I handed out in class today– “The Myth of Continents” by Peter Morris.

After reading the article, please examine the associated map of the College Board’s division of the world’s regions, and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. After considering Morris’ points, how many continents do you think there are?  Why?  Is Europe a continent in your scheme?  Why or why not?

  2. Looking at the two maps of AP World History regions, do you agree with how the College Board has divided the world?  Does it make sense to you? If you were going to make your own map of the world, how would you divide up the world’s regions?  Why?

Please make sure your answers are thoughtful, legible, and complete, and be ready to turn them in first thing on Wednesday.


Some upcoming due dates to help you get off on the right foot:

  • Student information form due tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5th
  • Student/Parent handbook acknowledgement form due by Thursday, January 7th
  • Reading quiz over Guns, Germs, and Steel (chpts. 1-14) on Friday, January 8th
  • Summer reading journal due on Friday, January 8th 
  • Unit One vocabulary due on Monday, January 11th
  • Unit One Test on Thursday, January 14th

Remember, any handouts or readings from class for Unit One will be located on the Unit One Materials page of this website.  That includes copies of the handbook, unit one vocabulary assignments, and the unit one study guide.

If you didn’t get a chance today in class, remember to register for the APWH Fall Semester Remind announcement list by texting @apwhempire to 81010.  This will allow you to receive notifications about class assignments and other events.

See you all tomorrow!

Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome! I am Ms. Galloway, and if you are viewing this page you are likely a student or parent of a student currently enrolled in AP World History at North Cobb High School.  This blog is currently under construction, but everything should be up and running by August 3, 2015.

On this main page you will find my regular updates of what is going on in our class, including homework assignments and other reminders.  If you look at the header of this blog, you’ll see a number of drop-down tabs, including AP Exam Review Materials, AP World History Unit Materials, AP World History WebQuests and Projects, and Essay Writing Materials.  I try to make sure that as many useful resources are available to students throughout the year, so if you ever need study materials before a unit test, or need help studying for the AP exam, this blog and its associated pages are the first place you should go.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask a classmate or friend for help.  And if you still can’t find what you need, please send me an email at my school address with your question of concern clearly stated.  Please remember to use correct email etiquette when contacting me; this is a formal means of communication, and I expect your online conduct to be of the same standard I expect in class.

I strongly recommend that all students check the class blog at LEAST twice a week, if not on a daily basis.  A good portion of this class will require you to use various online or digital means of communication, collaboration, and production, and I expect you to check this blog and your email regularly in order to keep up with assignments and expectations.

***Remember, if you are currently registered for AP World History at North Cobb High School, you have a summer reading assignment, and I expect it to be completed on the first day of school.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the assignment.****

And now that I’ve frightened you a little, have a video: