AP World History Summer Assignment 2009
Mrs. Boivin and Mrs. Shipman
Welcome to Advanced Placement World History. Since we will be studying all of human history from
8000 BCE to the present, it is important that you complete some preliminary work over the summer.
This is contained in the Foundations Unit which means that much of the work reviews what you learned
in World History I. Over the course of the school year we will explore 10,000 years of human history,
learn valuable skills, and take the AP World History Exam in May, 2010. This is an exciting class that will
allow us to look at the big picture of history, trace cultures over time, and examine human interactions.
For most of you, this is your first AP class. To be successful, you will need to stay focused and work hard.
In September we will discuss specific requirements for the class and the AP Exam. However, you should
be prepared to spend five to seven hours a week outside of class on AP World History.
You will be provided with a copy of the class text to use over the summer. (The text is Traditions and
Encounters, 2008 Fourth Edition by Jerry Bentley and Herbert Ziegler ISBN 978-0-07-333067-9.)
For the summer assignment, you will be reading the first six chapters (pages 1-154) of the text. You
must complete the following summer assignment that will count as part of your grade during the first
progress report in the fall. The purpose of this assignment is to get a jumpstart on the curriculum, which
will provide us with an opportunity to go into more depth on other topics. This is due no later than the
beginning of the second week of school. You are strongly encouraged to work on the assignment and
pace your work over the summer.
Your work must be HANDWRITTEN (NOT TYPED.) You may always go back and type or scan your study
guide if you wish to have a digital copy.
Cheating and any form of plagiarism are unacceptable. This work must be truly your own and must be
original. Do not copy word for word from the t