AP World History Summer Work

AP World History Summer Assignment

  • All following items must be completed.
  • This assignment is due on the second day of classes, Spring semester.
  • The vocabulary portion of assignment must be typed and brought to class to be turned in (hard copies only, please).
  • The paper portion must be submitted using TurnItIn.com – use the log-in information on the right hand side of every page of this website.
  • Do not plagiarize. This includes copying info from other students or the internet. If you plagiarize, you have then earned a ZERO on this assignment.


  1. Time Period I Vocab
    1. Use paraphrasing to define the words below. The best way to do this is by reading about the terms and then placing what you are reading aside and type what you can remember. This helps you to avoid plagiarism and getting the key content into the definition.

Information should be in a chart similar to what you see below. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NUMBERED.

TERMS: Operational Definition (one you understand)
Ex: 1. Flora Diffusion Ex: The spread of plants around the world. This led to new plants growing in other areas like sugar cane and bananas.

 (Failure to format in this manner will result in the loss of 15 points)

Period 1: Technological and Environmental Transformations, to c. 600 B.C.E


Key Concept 1.1. Big Geography and the Peopling of the Earth

  1. Paleolithic Period
  2. Hunter-forager society
  3. Bands
  4. Egalitarian
  5. Paleolithic Era
  6. Kinship
  7. Self-Sufficient

Key Concept 1.2. The Neolithic Revolution and Early Agricultural Societies

  1. Settled agriculture
  2. Intensive cultivation
  3. Irrigation
  4. Domesticated animals
  5. Village life vs Urban life
  6. Patriarchy
  7. Forced labor system
  8. Pastoralism
  9. Neolithic Revolution
  10. Complex economic system
  11. Complex social system
  12. Mesopotamia (Tigris and Euphrates River Valley)
  13. Nile River Valley (Egypt)
  14. Sub-Saharan Africa
  15. Indus River Valley (Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa)
  16. Huang He/Yellow River Valley (Shang)
  17. Papua New Guinea
  18. Mesoamerica (Olmecs)
  19. Andes (Chavin)
  20. Grasslands of Afro-Eurasia
  21. Core Regions
  22. Environmental diversity
  23. Society
  24. Surplus of food
  25. Specialization of labor
  26. Elite
  27. Pottery
  28. Plows
  29. Woven textiles
  30. Metallurgy
  31. Wheels and wheeled vehicles
  32. Wealth
  33. Hierarchical social structure

Key Concept 1.3. The Development and Interactions of Early Agricultural, Pastoral, and Urban Societies

  1. Civilization
  2. States
  3. Agricultural surplus
  4. Complex institutions
  5. Bureaucracies
  6. Religious hierarchies
  7. Long-distance trading
  8. Technologies of war and urban defense
  9. Divine support (divine right/authority)
  10. Hittites
  11. Empire
  12. Babylonia
  13. Monumental Architecture
  14. Urban Planning
  15. Artisanship
  16. Record Keeping
  17. Code of Hammurabi
  18. Vedic religion
  19. Hebrew Monotheism
  20. Zoroastrianism

Part II: Analyzing HISTORY from a global perspective (50 TOTAL points)

This assignment must be brought with you to class on the second day of classes.

  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (ISBN 0802715524)
    • Because it is divided into 6 main topics, it is easier to read. It takes the approach that there were beverages that shaped the history of the world.

Read the following and complete the appropriate prompt below.

In regards to the questions regarding the “legitimacy” of the book The History of the World in Six Glasses. You are to construct an argument for why you feel the book is a  valid way of examining world history. Additionally, if there is a question that asks what is today’s “commodity” from the book, it is not a modern reference. You are to look at what commodity caries the same value. Email me with any questions. Incorporate the following into your essay:

The History of the World In Six Glasses

·        Describe the basic premise of the book.

·        Which of the described beverages has had the least profound impact upon world history?

Use specific examples from the book:

·        Which of the described beverages has had the most profound impact upon world history?

Use specific examples from the book:

·        If you had to pick a new beverage or consumable item that is impacting the world today, what would it be? Why

·        What do you think of the book overall? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Your answers may be typed and in bullet form. These answers will be utilized in a discussion or to serve as the structure for an essay.

Do not plagiarize. This includes copying info from other students or the internet. If you plagiarize, you have then earned a ZERO and you may have eliminated your chance of earning an “A” in this class..

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