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    World History

    David Jensen
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    AP World History



    • David Jensen
    • 940-369-1091
    • Conference Period: Third Block every day: 11:20 - 1:20
    • Advanced Placement World History
    • Tutorial times are all lunches on A-days in the Guyer High School Library
    • Email address: djensen@dentonisd.org 






    Advanced Placement World History is the College Board college-level survey course that introduces students to world civilizations and cultures. The course guide for the class is the College Board’s AP World History course description. A student’s performance on the AP World History exam (offered in May) determines a student’s eligibility to earn up to six hours of college credit. Course curriculum, materials, and expectations are designed to prepare students for the rigorous three-hour exam.





    AP World History is superior preparation for college. While our goal is that you will all receive acceptable scores of threes or higher on the May exam for credit, additional goals include preparing students for eleventh grade AP US History and AP English Language and Composition and the PSAT and SAT college placement exams.


    My wishes are that you learn to think critically and write as a good historian would. An additional desire is to open your eyes to the world. The United States is a nation of immigrants and an amalgam of traditions and cultures. Our nation today is not overwhelmingly Western European or Caucasian. This course is a wonderful preparation for the universality of the multiculturalism of the United States. All students who want to try these classes are welcome provided you understand that we will read extensively and write frequently. I will provide assistance and tutorials if help is needed. And I do believe students with learning challenges can prosper in this class and am willing to make accommodations to meet special needs for students.





    The purpose of the course, however, extends beyond the possibility of earning college credit by providing students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will form a useful foundation for college studies. A recent study of this “AP Effect” reported the following results:

    1.  Better prepared academically for college
    2. More likely to specialize in majors with  tougher grading standards
    3. More likely to complete more college course work
    4. More likely to take subjects in their AP subject area
    5. Likely to perform significantly better over four years of college 
    6. More likely to be superior in terms of leadership
    7. More likely to make significant accomplishments in college 8. Twice as likely to do graduate level studies




    The tenth grade AP World History course covers all of history from 20,000 B.C.E. to present in the areas of economics, cultures, politics, religions, art, etc.,  and mastery of skills critical to the May AP World History exam.


    Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in Southwest, East, and South Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Students evaluate traditions and institutions, which form the basis of the world’s major civilizations and cultures. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students analyze the process by which democratic-republican governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.


    Students will address the higher level thinking skills or Habits of the Mind and Six Themes common to Advanced Placement social studies classes and the PSAT and SAT admissions tests.



    The Seven Habits of the Mind


    1.      Constructing and evaluating arguments; using evidence to make plausible arguments;

    2.      Using documents and other primary data; developing the skills necessary to analyze point of view, context, and bias and to understand and interpret information;

    3.      Developing the ability to asses issues of change and continuity over time;

    4.      Enhancing the capacity to handle diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, bias, and frame of reference.

    5.      Seeing global patterns over time and space while also acquiring the ability to connect local developments to global ones and to move through levels of generalizations from the global to the particular;

    6.      Developing the ability to compare within and among societies, including comparing societies reactions to global processes;

    7.      Developing the ability to assess claims of universal standards yet remaining aware of human commonalities and differences; putting culturally diverse ideas and values in historical context, not suspending judgment but developing understanding.


    Every part of the AP World History course assess habits of mind as well as content. Students will take multiple-choice tests and write essays, which will include studying maps, using graphs, analyzing art works, and interpreting quotations. Other aspects include assessing primary data, evaluating arguments, handling diverse interpretations, making comparisons, and understanding historical context.

    The Six Themes


    1.      Patterns and impacts of interaction among world societies including trade, war, diplomacy and international organizations;

    2.      The relationship of change and continuity across world history;

    3.      The impact of technology and demography on people and the environment including population changes, disease, manufacturing, migrations, agriculture and weaponry;

    4.      Systems of social structure and gender structure;

    5.      Cultural, religious, and intellectual developments and interactions;

    6.      Changes in the functions and structures of states and political identities including the emergence of the nation-state and other types of political organizations.

    This is a college preparatory course. As is expected of students in college courses, not all content will be taught in the classroom due to the scope of the APWH curriculum. Students will be responsible for their learning material on their own through assigned readings and other activities. Completion of this homework is essential to students understanding the course. When appropriate, homework will also serve as a summative grade.” 



Mr. Jensen

Phone: 940-369-1091


Degrees and Certifications:

BA History BA English Literature ESL Certified GT Certified

Mr. Jensen

A/B Day Schedule

1st Block: AP World History

2nd Block: AP World History

3rd Block: 11:20 - 1:35 Planning and Tutoring 

4th Block: AP World History

5th Block: AP World History