Online Distance Learning

Note:  Please be checking this tab regularly for updated lessons/assignments/information about the AP test!

AP test update:  As of right now, the college board plans on allowing students to take a shorter version of the AP World History test at home.  However, students may also cancel the exam for NO charge!  It looks like the exam would consist of Free Response Questions only and would not include information from modern history (which most schools have not yet covered).  I am currently seeking clarification from the college board as to exactly what these FRQs will look like.  I will post more information as I receive it. 

Assignments:  Please make sure that students email me the outlines according to the due days listed on the assignment tabs.  Students may type out the outlines or hand write outlines and take picture/scan and send to me.  Please check back often for additional assignments.  I will also be adding video notes assignments and possibly other types of assignments I feel are useful.  Make sure that your name and assignment title (example: ch 25 notes) is on every assignment that you turn in!  

Update on assignments (3/24):  Many students asking at what time assignments are due on the due date assigned.  Please just turn these assignments in at a reasonable time. I understand some students are having to share a computer with a sibling and so I'm not going to be strict on due dates during this online learning phase as long as the work is turned in around due date.  If there are special circumstances holding you back from turning in assignments please let me know as soon as possible.  

Lessons:  For each lesson, write/type out at least two pages (front is one page, back is a second page) of notes related to the lesson (a combination of stuff on the PowerPoint and important things I'm saying).  Notes do not need to be in complete sentences and may use bullet points.  Notes can be typed or handwritten and will need to be sent to my email.   - 2nd/3rd blocks, Ch 25 notes for lesson due March 25, 2020. - 4th block, Ch 30 notes for lesson due March 26, 2020 -  2nd/3rd blocks, Ch 26 notes for lesson due March 30 - 4th block, write/type out 20 facts on this video due March 30 - GENERAL UPDATE ON AP WORLD HISTORY 3/26...  let me know if you want more of these?  I hope it helps!  

Princeton Book:  I will also be assigning pages from the Princeton Book for you to read to prepare you as needed for the AP test.

Saturday Schools:  These tutoring sessions will be cancelled until school resumes.  

Further questions or concerns:  The best way to reach me is via email.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we go through this process of distance learning together.  I'll be checking my email often.  


Mr. Meiners Rm 214




The AP World History course provides a perspective and understanding of history as a foundation which students can

analyze the complexities of today’s global interdependency. It investigates the interactions and events of human histories in

a balanced worldly ecumenical approach. The basic parameters of our AP World History course are impacted by the four

historical thinking skills; which are outlined in the course descriptions provided by the College Board. The course outcomes

allow students to think critically and metacognitively to be fully engaged in the learning process.


The course will be broken down on units of study based on historical periodization. AP World History will use the approach

of analyzing global events and interactions from the foundations of history to present. The primary goal of the course is to

provide a student-centered learning environment and engage the student in a comprehensive curriculum. The culminating

objective is for students to demonstrate a complete picture of world history. It is expected that students who want to take the

AP exam will be prepared for that challenge.


AP World History highlights five overarching themes that should receive approximately equal attention throughout the

course beginning with the Foundations sections. The themes serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping

students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework.

Theme 1- Interaction between humans and the environment

Theme 2- Development and Interaction of Cultures

Theme 3- State-Building, expansion and interactions of Economic Systems

Theme 4- Creation, expansion and interactions of Economic Systems

Theme 5- Development and transformation of social structures



History is a sophisticated quest for meaning about the past, beyond the effort to collect information. Analysis of historical

information requires awareness of names, chronology, facts and events. Devoid of factual and detailed information,

historical thinking is not likely. The four Historical Thinking Skills listed below provide a solid foundation for thinking



1. Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence

2. Chronological Reasoning

3. Comparison and Contextualization

4. Historical Interpretation and Synthesis




The course will have six basic units:


1. Foundations- 600 B.C.E. (Technological and environmental transformations) 5%

2. 600 B.C.E. - 600 C.E. (Organization and reorganization of societies) 15% 3

3. 600-1450 (Regional and Trans-regional interaction) 20%

4. 1450-1750 (Global interactions) 20%

5. 1750-1900 (Industrialization and Global Integration) 20%

6. 1900- Present (Accelerating Global change and Re-alignment) 20%



Stearns, Peter,, World Civilizations: the Global Experience. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Prentice Hall, 2003.




1)  Comply with Sharyland’s ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy

2)  Remain in your assigned seat at all times, unless you have permission otherwise

3)  Act mature while in the classroom.

4)  The bell does NOT excuse you - the room must be clean and organized before anyone can leave

5)  Late to class = need a tardy slip

6)  Respect yourself, your fellow students and the teacher

7)  Comply with the Sharyland Dress code and Rules of Conduct

8)  Late assignments will NOT be accepted (minor assignments)

9)  You must have the hall pass to leave the classroom.  One student out of class at a time!!!

10)  You are allowed one day to turn in make-up work for each day absent

11)  Always do your own work, to the best of your ability!!!



The grading scale is as follows:

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59


Daily Assignments/Quizzes/Homework                                         40%

Tests                                                                                        60%

Total                                                                                       100%


  1. 1-1/2 inch binder (optional)

  2. notebook or PowerPoint slides printed out 

  3. Pens or pencils


    The World History AP EXAM is scheduled for: May 11, 2017

Link to District Grading Policy:  file:///C:/Users/jmeiners/Downloads/Grading%20Procedures%20revised%204.17.17.pdf