World History II/AP World History: Modern
Course Scope and Sequence and Skills:
10th Grade students take either World History II or Advanced Placement World History: Modern. Both courses cover the history of the world from the Columbian exchange through the present day, culminating in a grade-wide series of Model United Nations simulations that ask students to apply their understanding of complex historical forces to current issues facing the world and to simulations of key moments in world history.
Both courses ask students to work toward mastery in several areas of historical thinking including:
- Chronological Reasoning
- historical causation
- patterns of continuity and change over time
- Comparison and Contextualization
- Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
- Historical Interpretation and Synthesis
Primary Course Texts:
World History: Connections to Today, used in Global History I and II, is designed for high school readers and contains organizational and reading comprehension supports to help students move toward more independent note-taking and inquiry. Howard Spodek's The World's History is used as the main Advanced Placement World History text. It is written at a college reading level and contains less organizational support for note-taking and fewer supports for reading comprehension.