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: AP World History Handbook.) Once you’ve read over the handbook, please sign the acknowledgment sheet you received in class, 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 linked here. 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.
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. Tomorrow, we’re going to start our discussion of world history with some Big Geography, so you need to come prepared.