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  • Dear future AP World History Student,

     First and foremost, WELCOME! I am excited to see what next year has in store for all of us.

     In order to effectively prepare you for the upcoming year, I ask that you complete the APWH summer assignment. AP World History develops an understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, including interactions over time. This nontraditional approach looks at the common threads of humanity—trade, religion, politics, society, and technology—and investigates how each have changed and continued over time. The course traces the human experience emphasizing the habits of mind, writing skills, and content knowledge characteristic of a college-level world history course. Students will devote considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, writing, and participation in classroom discussions/Socratic seminars.

     This year’s summer reading assignment is A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage. In this book, Standage tells a popular history of the world and some of the most significant civilizations in history by following the development of 6 influential beverages. The 6 beverages are: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca Cola. Each of these beverages has played a significant role in driving trade and interaction between some of the most significant regions and empires in world history. Our purpose in reading the book is to gain a sense of how civilizations and cultures develop and how they are affected by various forces (political, economic, religious, social, technological, etc.).

    The assignment sheet is attached, but extra copies will be accessible on the class Google Drive.

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4jTOl3JmdLFYXEyXzNFVW1wR3c

     If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: casmiller@dorchester2.k12.sc.us

     Sincerely,

    Casey Miller

     

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