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Course Overview Modules for AP World History Teachers

2016-17 and Beyond

The following videos and presentations give you a guided tour of the AP Program and the revised AP World History course and exam, which launch in the 2016-17 school year.

To get the most out of this overview, watch these modules in the order they're listed below. (If you're interested in just one topic or pressed for time, you can always watch the modules individually, jump to a particular topic within a module, or save your place and return later.)

1 Welcome and Introduction

In this video, you'll get an introduction to AP and learn about the design of AP courses from Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction; John Williamson, Vice President of AP Curriculum and Instruction; and Jay McTighe, education consultant and author of Understanding by Design. (15 min)


2 Curriculum Framework

Learn about the components of the AP World History curriculum framework and how they fit together. (22 min)

Topics include:

  • Historical thinking skills
  • Thematic learning objectives
  • Concept outline

3 Assessment

Learn about the revised AP World History Exam, which will be administered for the first time in May 2017.

Topics include:

  • Exam description
  • Sample exam questions
  • Scoring the exam
(25 min)

4 Instructional Approaches

Learn practical ways to implement the curriculum framework in your classroom. (7 min)

Topics include:

  • Selecting course materials
  • Developing the historical thinking skills
  • Strategies for instruction

5 AP Course Audit

This video introduction to the AP Course Audit process explains why AP courses need to be authorized, the purpose of curricular requirements, and how to submit your syllabus. (3 min)


6 Resources

Learn about the variety of resources available to AP World History teachers. (4 min)

Topics include:

  • Course home page
  • Online and in-person professional development
  • Teacher community

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