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Advanced Placement
World History:

Useful Resources

Suggested Reading
Movie Time
HistoryTeachers Music Video Parodies
Crash Course World History
Epic Rap Battles of History
Stanford History Education Group

Critical Response Journal & SPICE Chart


Suggested Reading

Each of the recommended eighteen titles looks at history through a different lens -- history of science, big hiistory, beverages, food, salt, cod, trade, etc.

Bernstein, William. Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet.
________. A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World.

Bronowski, Jacob. The Ascent of Man.

Christian, David. This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity .

Crosby, Alfred. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.
________. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
________. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Friedman, Thomas. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

Kurlansky, Mark.Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World.
________. Salt: A World History.

Mintz, Sidney.  Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.

Pomeranz, Kenneth and Steven Topik.  The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present) .

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. *Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices,
spacerStimulants, and Intoxicants.

Standage, Tom. The History of the World in Six Glasses.
________. An Edible History of Humanity.
________. Writing on the Wall: The Intriguing History of Social Meda, From Ancient Rome to the Present Day.

Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.

Chart Colored

Complete 10 Exerpt Journals, spaced throughout your text. Do not take all your quotes from one chapter or even from one section. These must be handwritten. You may use the Icon Chart from Dimensions of Learning to help you select writing topics.



Movie Time

Select two movies from the following list -- preferably not both on the same time period. For example, do not pick Spartacus AND Gladiator, please. For each, write a review explaining to me why this film should or shouldn’t be considered for viewing in a World History class -- not just like/not like, but historical value as well. (Note: Make sure you have your parents’ permission to watch any of these that might be rated R).

13th Warrior, The
Agony and the Ecstacy, The
Alamo, The
All the President’s Men
Apollo 13
Battleship Potemkin
Birth of a Nation, The
Black Rose, The
Bloody Sunday
Breaker Morant
Bridge Too Far, A
Chariots of Fire
Cry Freedom
Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Zhivago
El Cid
Empire of the Sun
Fat Man and Little Boy
Four Feathers, The
Gentleman’s Agreement
Geronimo: An American Legend
Ghosts of Mississippi
Gone with the Wind
Grapes of Wrath, The
Great Escape, The
Hotel Rwanda
I, Claudius
Inherit the Wind
Judgment at Nuremberg
Killing Fields, The
Kingdom of Heaven
King’s Speech, The
Last Emperor, The
Last of the Mohicans, The
Lawrence of Arabia
Little Big Man
Lion in Winter, The
Longest Day, The
Long Walk Home, The
Madness of King George, The
Malcom X
Man for All Seasons, A
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mission, The
Mississippi Burning
Mutiny of the Bounty
Name of the Rose, The
Night to remember, A
Out of Africa
Patriot, The
Passage to India, A
Private Life of Henry VIII, The
Quest for Fire, The
Quiz Show
Queen, The
Raid on Entebbe
Red Badge of Courage, The
Right Stuff, The
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler’s List
Seven Samurai, The
Sergeant York
Soldier’s Story, A
Swing Kids
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
Thirteen Days
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tuskeegee Airmen
Viva Zapata
Young Bess
Young Victoria
Zero Dark Thirty

Amy & Herb
HistoryTeachers Music Parodies

Spare time? Nothing to do? Listen to something entertaining and informative. Once you listen to “Mansa Musa” you'll never forget who he is and what he did. Thank you Amy Burvall and Herb Mahelona for 55 of these parodies. Complete list here in chronological order.

Crash Course
Crash Course Videos

Spare time? Nothing to do? Watch something entertaining and informative. Two sets of World History Crash Courses -- the ones you probably know and a whole new set of Big History videos. Nearly 80 fast-paced information-rich gems. Thank You, John Green and Company.

Stanford History Education Groupsheg
The Stanford History Education Group provides a vast selection of free downloadable materials on primary sources, alternative assessments, and media evaluation -- complete with lesson plans, handouts, classroom posters and videos.

Reading Like a Historian curriculum focuses on primary sources, including 11 introductory lessons, 102 U. S. History lessons, and 47 World History lessons. Click here for a complete list of all lessons.

beyond the bubbleBeyond the Bubble accesses the Library of Congress archives for more than 80 Historical Assessments of Thinking (HATS) that measure students’ historical thinking rather than recall of facts alone. Going Deeper Videos are4 especially useful. Click here for a complete list of HATS. cor

Civic Online Reasoning provides lessons and assessments to help us teach students to evaluate online information. View lessons here. They also have an extensive video library.



Epic Rap Battles of History

Spare time? Nothing to do? Listen to something I will never be able to show in class. Thank you Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist for these Epic Rap Battles, pitting oddly-paired figures against each other. More insightful and informative that your average rap song. Gandhi vs. MLK OK, all the way up to the last word. Fair warning: Language often inappropriate.


Critical Response Journal:
Reading response that utilizes SPICE to organize student answer.



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Updated 31 January 2020.

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