AP World History Notebook Requirements

This semester, to prepare you for the notebook you’ll be keeping in APUSH next year, we will be doing the same in APWH. It will be a valuable resource as you come up upon the AP Exams. Please make sure that you are keeping up with the textbook notes on your own in Cornell Style.

They are due every unit, so this does NOT mean that you can wait until May 12th to do every assignment/take chapter notes. A lack of keeping up with your notebook will reflect negatively on your unit test grades.

At the beginning of each unit please check the class calendar for the sections of the book that will be covered in the unit. This is what needs to go into your notebook.

As you know, you are required to take notes for each course unit using the Buliet, et. al. book. The textbook chapters are NOT organized by AP unit. I will need to create a unit by unit list of what pages/sections that you are responsible for, so please don’t sit and take notes chapter by chapter. You should be following my textbook page assignments and labeling them accordingly in your notebooks.

 If you need to make tweaks to Cornell format notes, please do. If you would like to purchase a Cornell Notes notebook (they’re a thing and you can snag them on Amazon), feel free. I have gotten very positive feedback from students regarding them in the past. 

The Cornell method can be described thusly (thanks, Wikipedia – don’t judge):

The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. The student divides the paper into two columns: the note-taking column (usually on the right) is twice the size of the questions/key word column (on the left). The student should leave five to seven lines, or about two in (5 cm), at the bottom of the page.

Notes from a lecture or teaching are written in the note-taking column; notes usually consist of the main ideas of the text or lecture, and long ideas are paraphrased. Long sentences are avoided; symbols or abbreviations are used instead. To assist with future reviews, relevant questions (which should be recorded as soon as possible so that the lecture and questions will be fresh in the student’s mind) or key words are written in the key word column. These notes can be taken from any source of information, such as fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, lectures, text books, etc.

Within 24 hours of taking the notes, the student must revise and write questions and then write a brief summary in the bottom five to seven lines of the page. This helps to increase understanding of the topic. When studying for either a test or quiz, the student has a concise but detailed and relevant record of previous classes.

When reviewing the material, the student can cover the note-taking (right) column while attempting to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.

In addition to the Cornell Style, I expect you to note the SPRITE concepts (social, political, religious, intellectual, technological, and economic) aspects of civilizations that you come across. You may use color-coded highlighters, pens, letter annotations, whatever you need to do. You MUST be familiar with these concepts to draw connections between civilizations and time periods.

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