Ap World History Ccot Essay Rubric Sample

Common Course Materials/Worksheets:


Syllabus - 2017-2018
Online Textbook - The Earth and Its Peoples
(pdf file) - Textbook

Blank PARTIES Analysis sheet -PARTIES, sheets A and B

Blank Factoids/Timeline sheet -Factoids/Timeline
Blank Date Analysis sheet - Dates Analysis Sheet

SOAPStone Primary Source Analysis sheet - Soapstone

Venn Diagram Comparison Sheets - VennDiagrams

Rubric: Compare/Contrast Essay - CC Rubric

Rubric: Continuity/Change-Over-Time Essay - CCOT Rubric

Rubric: Document-Based Questions (DBQ) Essay - DBQ Rubric

Essay Tips:  AP World Essay Writers' Handbook - Handbook

Essay Tips:  CCOT Thesis Construction - CCOT

Essay Tips:  CCOT Practice Examples - Examples

Essay Tips: DBQ Skeleton Outline Graphic Organizer - Outline

Example: CC Essay - Skeleton Outline Example - Outline

Example:  DBQ - Barratt the Ballerina - DBQ Practice

Example: Works Cited/In-Text Citation Examples - MLA Format

Geography Challenge:  Countries of the World Quiz - http://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/how-many-countries-can-you-name.php

PowerPoint: AP Exam Review Cram Session - PowerPoint

Student Study Tips / Message Board - http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/history-social-sciences/1368644-how-to-effectively-self-study-ap-world-history.html


Unit 1 –Technologicaland Environmental Transformations to 600 B.C.E

Ch1 - Paleolithic/Neolithic Age


Video: World History in 7 Minutes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pnmZalx9YY

Book: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (pdf file) - Guns, Germs, and Steel

Powerpoint:  Before Civilization - Powerpoint

Video: 2001: A Space Odyssey "The Dawn of Man" Movie Clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypEaGQb6dJk / Analysis Q's
Video: Crash Course #1 The Agricultural Revolution - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yocja_N5s1I


Ch1 - River Valley Civilizations


Video: Civilizations - Mesopotamia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKs5Wvv1-14 

Video: Harappan/Indus Valley Civilization - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juc3msgLMoc

Video: The Indus Valley Civilization - Masters of the River - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnsatmxY7Kc 

Video: Crash Course #2 Indus Valley Civilization - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ndRwqJYDM

Video: Crash Course #3 Mesopotamia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohXPx_XZ6Y

Video: Crash Course #4 Ancient Egypt - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Wvw6BivVI

PowerPoint: Ch1 - RiverValley Civilizations - PowerPoint

PowerPoint: 4 River Valley Civilizations: Mesopotamia/Egypt/Indus/China (Nice detail) - PowerPoint

Notes: Ch1 - River Valley Civilizations - Mesopotamia


Ch2 - New Civilizations of the East & West


Notes: Ch2 - New Civs of the East & West

PowerPoint: Shang/Zhou Dynasties & 3 Philosophies - Shang, Zhou, Philosophies 

PowerPoint: Nubians, Olmec, Chavin Civilizations - PowerPoint, PowerPoint2, PowerPoint3

Video: Lost Civilizations - History of Ancient China (Shang Dynasty) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZHU9jm2Wbg 

Video: Nubia: Black Pharaohs of Africa Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MfW9Wp-8Q4&feature=related 
Video: Nubia: Black Pharaohs of Africa Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxEw5J2gU1w&feature=related

Video: Nubia: Black Pharaohs of Africa Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUpORQyt_6g&feature=related 

Notes: Prehistoric to Zhou Dynasty China (Summaries) - Ancient China 

Game: Oracle Bones Activity (China) - Instructions
Game: Chinese Philosophy Review - Matchup Game


Ch3 - Bronze Age Mediterranean & Middle East


Notes: Ch3 - Mediterranean & Middle East

Video: New Kingdom Egypt - http://study.com/academy/lesson/the-new-kingdom-of-egypt-pharaohs-temples-timeline.html / Questions
Video: Minoans - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kACjoOQz_5Q
Video: Minoans - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk1EyMTSBP8

Video: Mycenaeans / Trojan War - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5VTmNK9o80

PowerPoint: Ch3 - Mediterranean & Middle East - http://www.slideshare.net/APWorldHistory/ap-wh-chapter-3-ppt
PowerPoint: Ch3 - Mediterranean & Middle East - https://www.slideshare.net/APWorldHistory/chapter-03-short

Video: National Geographic - Quest for the Phoenicians - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBObLQZdeq8 


Ch4 - Persians & Greeks


Notes: Ch4 - Greece and Iran - Greeks , Persians

Video: Discovery Civilization - Persepolis and the Persian Empire - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3coZB_ft9T4

PowerPoint: Persian Empire Overview - Slideshare 

Graphic Organizer:  CCOT - Persians & Greeks - CCOT Charts

PowerPoint: The Peloponnesian War - Powerpoint

Maps: Alexander / Hellenistic World - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html

Video: '300' Movie Clip (Spartans) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdNn5TZu6R8

Video: '300: Rise of Empire" Movie Clip (Triremes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftl6hjmqSnA 

Video: Alexander - Alexander Enters Babylon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsnVi1Gid_I 

Video: Ultimate Battles: Alexander the Great (Gaugamela) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4EsgHZv9sU 

Video: Crash Course #5 Persians & Greeks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-mkVSasZIM

Video: Crash Course #8 Alexander the Great - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LsrkWDCvxg

Video: Horrible Histories 2.11 Spartan Parent-Teacher Conferences - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEItBM1dc9o 

Website Links: Mock Greek Olympics - Sparta/Athens/Corinth/Thebes

////////*Ancient Greek Cities - http://factsanddetails.com/world/cat56/sub366/item2041.html

////////Powerful City-States / Ancient Greek Classical Age - http://factsanddetails.com/world/cat56/sub366/item2041.html 

////////Interactive Map - http://www.eduplace.com/kids/socsci/ca/books/bkf3/imaps/AC_12_389_citystates/AC_12_389_citystates.html 

////////Sparta - http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/Sparta

////////Sparta - http://www.ancient.eu/sparta/

////////Athens - http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/ancient-greece-democracy

////////Athens - http://www.ancient.eu/Athens/

////////Corinth - http://www.ancient.eu/corinth/
////////Corinth - https://www.thoughtco.com/corinth-legends-and-history-118452
////////Thebes - http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Thebes,_Greece

////////Thebes - http://www.ancient.eu/Thebes_(Greece)/
////////Thebes - http://www.livius.org/articles/place/thebes-greece/

////////*Greek City-States (Overview, plus links to each city-state) - http://www.crystalinks.com/greekcities.html


Ch5 - Rome & Han China


Video: Are We Rome? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYLnb8kU7Mg

Video: The Roman Military Machine (Legions/Ballista) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhnWyRvC1dU 

Video: Punic Wars Summary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NtB-QpUNhg 

Video: Rome HBO Series (Caesar voted Dictator) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQEdME1NtBg 

Video: Rome Sacked / Fall of Empire to Visigoths (410-476AD) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iisaZ9xPlQ

Video: 8 Misconceptions about Great Wall of China - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgLweGWRgKM

Video: Han China Overview - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS7pKZJ3zPs

PowerPoint: Rome and Han Comparisons - http://www.slideshare.net/dmcdowell/rome-han-comparison
PowerPoint: Han China - PowerPoint

Graphic Organizer: CCOT - Romans & Han China - CCOT

Notes: Ch5 - Rome and Han China

Maps: Romans / Han China / Christianity to 600CE - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / MapQ's

Video: Crash Course #7 Chinese History - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylWORyToTo4

Video: Crash Course #10 Romans - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPf27gAup9U

Video: Crash Course #11 Christianity - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG55ErfdaeY

Video: Crash Course #12 Fall of Roman Empire - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PszVWZNWVA


Ch6 - India & SE Asia


PowerPoint: Ch6 Indian Civilization/SE Asia - PowerPoint

PowerPoint: Ch6 Foundations of Indian Civilization - PowerPoint
Notes: Ch6 - India / Southeast Asia - India / SE Asia

Matchup Game:  Ch6 Factoids - Factoids 

Video: Crash Course #6 Buddha & Ashoka - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nn5uqE3C9w


Ch7 - Trade Routes & Migrations


Website: Indian Ocean Maritime System - http://www.indianoceanhistory.org/

Video: Modern Transportation on Silk Roads - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC7x4_07OL0

Video: Crash Course #9 The Silk Roads & Ancient Trade - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfe-eNq-Qyg

Video: Crash Course #18 - Indian Ocean Maritime Trade - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6XtBLDmPA0
PowerPoint: Ch7 Trade Routes/Africa - Pdf file
PowerPoint: Ch7 Bantu Migrations - Pdf file

Study Packet: Unit 1-2 Study Guide - Packet

Review Questions: Unit 2 Multiple Choice Practice - Unit2-20Questions


Unit 3 –Regional & Transregional Interactions 600CE - 1450 CE


Notes: Ch8 - Islam
Review: Ch8 Key Questions Group Battle - Questions
PowerPoint: Ch8 Islam - http://www.slideshare.net/APWorldHistory/ap-wh-chap-08-ppt-presentation
PowerPoint: The Rise of Islam 600-12200CE - PowerPoint
PowerPoint: Islamic Cultural Achievements - PowerPoint

Maps: Ch8 - Expansion of Islam - MapQ's / Link - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html

Video: Crash Course #13 Islam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpcbfxtdoI8
PowerPoints: Ch8 Islamic World - PowerPoint / Link - http://www.slideshare.net/APWorldHistory/ap-wh-chap-08-ppt-presentation

Notes: Ch9 - Christian Europe Emerges

PowerPoint: Ch9 - Christian Europe Emerges - PowerPoint

Map: Dark Ages Invasions of Europe - Map

Video: Crash Course #14 Dark Ages Europe vs. Golden Age Islam / Tang China - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV7CanyzhZg

Video: Crash Course #15 Crusades - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0zudTQelzI

PowerPoint: Ch10 - Tang China / Song China - Tang / Song

Maps: Ch10 - East Asia - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

Map: Ch10 - Tang China / Song China - Map

Notes: Ch11 - Mesoamerican / North American Civilizations

Maps: Ch11 - American Civilizations - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

Video: Apocalypto (Mayan Human Sacrifice Scene) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG8WqEyXIyc

Web Source: Aztec Civilization - http://www.aztec-indians.com/site-map.html

Web Source: The Ancient Aztecs - http://library.thinkquest.org/27981/

Video: Aztec Civilization (Khan Academy) - YouTube Link

Video: Incan Civilization (Khan Academy) - YouTube Link

PowerPoint: Ch11 - American Civilizations - PowerPoint

Cultural Breakdowns: Ch11 - Classical Mesoamerican Civs - Google Docs Access

Video: Crash Course #25 Aztecs & Incas vs. Spanish - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjhIzemLdos&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9&index=25

Video: Horrible Histories 3.01 Aztec Master Chef - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7buTuvOGEqk

Video: Horrible Histories 3.06 Aztec Come Dine With Me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33aCE3T8jEQ

Video: Horrible Histories 3.09 Aztec Gardeners' World - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSQ_4hu_42A

Video: Horrible Histories 3.09 Aztec WhoDunnit-O - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKv6Ij06OeA

Video: Horrible Histories 3.09 Discaztec Priest Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqNHbrVsfVQ

Video: Horrible Histories 3.10 Mystery of Montezuma / Spanish vs Aztecs Battle Simulation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JVmv_aXjsQ

Video: Horrible Histories 3.12 Aztec Advertisements - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqNHbrVsfVQ

Video: Horrible Histories 3Bonus Aztec Chocolate Currency / Aztec Sports / Child Punishments - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBQ-O3cy-fQ

Video: Horrible Histories 2.01 Incan Advertisements - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPK5mp49QQk

Video: Horrible Histories 2.04 Incan Shopping Network / Incan Llama Farmer Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2EYSrDXieU

Video: Horrible Histories 2.05 Live Like An Incan Song / Incan Child's Birthday - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd1B4QBS_8Y

Video: Horrible Histories 2.09 The Incan Report - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDfO6L5_OlQ

Video: Horrible Histories 2.09 Incan Messenger - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKqkq4hGpgo

Video: Horrible Histories 2.12 Pizarro & the Incas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKeB82retLs

Video: Horrible Histories 2.12 Pachacuti (Incan Lord's Song) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51aHb_U8Zr0

Video: 25 Fun Facts about the Incas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOXbAafFuJk 

Video: Crash Course #17 Mongols - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szxPar0BcMo

Web Source: Yuan Dynasty China - http://bhoffert.faculty.noctrl.edu/hst261/19.yuandynasty.html

PowerPoint: Ch12 Mongol Eurasia - PowerPoint

Video: Crash Course #16 Mansa Musa / Islam in Africa - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvnU0v6hcUo / Questions

Maps: Ch13 Tropical Africa & Asia - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

PowerPoint: Ch13 Tropical Africa & Asia - PowerPoint

Old School Tweets: Ch13 Personalities - https://docs.google.com/a/longbranch.k12.nj.us/document/d/1qJLE18Em6N6cvVlqz5oKh8_c7ySwUh--YpMiPH9665E/edit?usp=sharing 

Video: Crash Course #22 The Renaissance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vufba_ZcoR0

PowerPoint: Ch14 The Latin West - PowerPoint

PowerPoint: Medieval Shout-Outs - Medieval Shout-Outs

Review Questions: Unit 3 Multiple Choice Practice -Unit3-25Questions

Review Packet - Unit 3 Chapters Study Guide - StudyGuide


Unit 4 - Global Interactions 1450 – 1750 C.E.


PowerPoint: Ch15 Maritime Revolution - PowerPoint

Video: Protestant Reformation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi5qR7tflG0

PowerPoint: Ch16 Transformations in Europe - PowerPoint

Maps: Ch16 Transformations in Europe - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html 
Review: Ch16 Culture and Ideas of Late Middle Ages Europe - Reformation/ScientificRevolution/Enlightenment

Video: Crash Course #219 Charles V & the Holy Roman Empire -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRYzW3BSj0I#t=42

PowerPoint: Ch17 American Colonies - PowerPoint
Google Slides: Council of the Indies - Social Committee (Ch17 Spanish Colonies/Brazil) - Social Committee PowerPoint
Google Slides: Council of the Indies - Political Committee (Ch17 Spanish Colonies/Brazil) - Political Committee PowerPoint
Google Slides: Council of the Indies - Economic Committee (Ch17 Spanish Colonies/Brazil) - Economic Committee PowerPoint

Maps: Ch17 American Colonies - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

Video: Crash Course #23 The Columbian Exchange - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQPA5oNpfM4

Video: Crash Course #24 The Atlantic Slave Trade - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnV_MTFEGIY

PowerPoint: Ch18 Atlantic System & Africa - PowerPoint

Maps: Ch18 Atlantic System / Slave Trade - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

Video: Crash Course #25 Spanish Conquest - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjhIzemLdos&list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9&index=25

Video: Crash Course #26 Seven Years War (French & Indian War) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0qbzNHmfW0

PowerPoint: Ch19 Land Empires of South & SW Asia - PowerPoint / CompQ's / CompQ'sPart2

Video: Crash Course #19 Venice and the Ottoman Empire - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN-II_jBzzo

Video: Crash Course #34 Nationalism in Japan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nosq94oCl_M (Japanese focus starts at 4:47)
Primary Sources: (useful towards Unit 4 DBQ project) Brown University Library - http://library.brown.edu/cds/slaveryandjustice/browse.php?verb=seeall
PowerPoint: Unit 4 Multiple Choice Review - PowerPoint1 / PowerPoint2
Video: 1450-1750 Overview Summary - YouTube Link


Midterm Review:


Website - Unit 1 & 2 Quizlet Flashcards - http://quizlet.com/1735592/flashcards

Website - Unit 1 & 2 Jeopardy Review Game - https://jeopardylabs.com/play/unit-1-ap-world-history

Website - Unit 1 & 2 Jeopardy Review Game - http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Sep201038/game1285294417.php

Website - Unit 2 Jeopardy Review Game - https://jeopardylabs.com/play/ap-world-history-unit-22

Website - Unit 3 Quizlet Flashcards - http://quizlet.com/1740548/flashcards

PowerPoint: Units 1-4 CCOT/Must Know Dates - Unit1-2 / Unit3 / Unit4

Outlines:  Units1-4 Outline Overviews - Unit1-2 / Unit3 / Unit4

Unit 4 Practice Questions - PowerPoint


Unit 5 - Industrialization and Global Integration 1750-1900CE


Video: French Revolution - YouTube Video
Video: Haitian Revolution - YouTube Video, YouTube Video (2nd video)
Video: Congress of Vienna - YouTube Video (Begin at 11:22)
Video Analysis:  Ch21 Video Questions - VideoQs
PowerPoint: Ch21 18th century Revolutions - PowerPoint
Chart: 18th Century Revolutions - Chart

Google Docs:  Class Discussion - Ch22 Industrial Revolution Pt. 1 - https://docs.google.com/a/longbranch.k12.nj.us/document/d/1OmcpY2Mik-9GGESQiT8BYJHMOCS0xQwNO0ulHglhcME/edit?usp=sharing
Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group A - Cities
Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group B - Environment

Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group C - Labor
Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group D - Social Change - 
Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group E - Economics - 

Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group F - Ideas - 
Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group G - Reforms - 

Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. - Group H - Non-Industrialized World

Google Slides: Impacts of Ind. Rev. 2018 Class Powerpoint - PowerPoint Link
Video: Crash Course #26 Seven Years War - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0qbzNHmfW0
Video: Crash Course #28 American Revolution - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlUiSBXQHCw
Video: Crash Course #29 French Revolution - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTTvKwCylFY

Video: Napoleon Cartoon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=52&v=t05O-iVx2R8
Video: Crash Course #30 Haitian Revolution - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A_o-nU5s2U

PowerPoint: Haitian Revolution - PowerPoint
Video: Crash Course #27 Captain Cook / British Empire - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yXNrLTddME
Video: Crash Course #32 Industrial Revolution - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhL5DCizj5c
Maps: Ch23 Economic Transformation of Americas - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions
Video: Crash Course #31 Latin American Revolutions - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBw35Ze3bg8
PowerPoint: Ch23 Economic Transformation of Americas - PowerPoint
Blank Outline: Ch23 Economic Transformation of Americas - Outline

Google Docs: Ch23 Political/Social/Economic Concerns of Nation-States of the Americas - https://docs.google.com/a/longbranch.k12.nj.us/document/d/19UyGcYCQQp-X3yMdVDjd3v97VWchEcQ2PD5dSWRpeX0/edit?usp=sharing



PowerPoint: Ch24 British Empire - PowerPoint
Blank Outline: Ch24 British Empire - Outline
Video: Zulu (British in Africa Feature Film from 1964) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpSI3pq-fVc
Video: British Durbars (Film Clips) - Video1 / Video2

Google Docs: Ch24 British in India Class Webs2017-2018 - Google Slides Access
Video: Maori Haka Dance (Indigenous New Zealand Cultures) - YouTube
Video: Origins of Australia's Colonization / Aboriginal Conditions (Modern Day) - Australia / Aborigines


Maps: Ch25 Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions
PowerPoint: Ch25 Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism - PowerPoint
Video: Crash Course #34 Nationalism / Focus on Japanese Modernization - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nosq94oCl_M


Blank Outline: Ch26 The New Balance of Power - Outline
Video: Franco-Prussian War / Rise of united Germany - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DhbgJJ_M1s

Video: History of the Transtlantic Cable - YouTube 
Video: The British Steel Industry - YouTube
Video: Queen Victoria / Victorian Age - YouTube
Video: Boxer Rebellion / Open Door Policy - YouTube

Unit 5 Practice Questions - PowerPoint


Unit 6 - Accelerated Global Change & Realignments 1900-Present


PowerPoint: Ch27 The New Imperialism - PowerPoint

Maps: Ch27 The New Imperialism - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions
Video: Last Days of Queen Liliuokalani (US Imperialism in Hawaii) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpsmUCtsd2o

Video: All Quiet on the Western Front (opening sequence) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOTWPSJdxRw

Video: Stalin and the 5 Year Plans - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8e_OUUA2s

Video: Experiences in the Gulags - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-c2JKPMCio

Video: Mussolini and Italy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMzBqnyq31I

Video: China - A Century of Revolution, Pt. 1 (1911-1949) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg-PgXt8Tkc

Video: China - A Century of Revolution, Pt. 2 (1949-1976) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m7YoNlkWzM

Video: China - A Century of Revolution, Pt. 3 (1976-2011) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viGtNWVQApk

Video: Dramatization of Hiroshima Bombing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwkyPvlWPM0

Video: US Military Film about Hiroshima - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3oSS_FP-cA

Document: Stimson, "The Decision to use the Atomic Bomb" - Document

Video: Crash Course #37 Communism in China - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUCEeC4f6ts

Video: Crash Course #38 World War II - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q78COTwT7nE

PowerPoint: Ch29 Collapse of the Old Order - PowerPoint / Alternate PowerPoint

Video: Crash Course #40 Decolonization - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_sGTspaF4Y

PowerPoint: Indian Independence - PowerPoint

PowerPoint Ch30 Striving Towards Independence - PowerPoint

Maps: Ch30 Indian Subcontinent - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

Video: Crash Course #39 The Cold War - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9HjvHZfCUI

Timeline: Ch31 Cold War / Decolonization - Timeline

Video: "Duck and Cover" (Cold War Propaganda) - YouTube 

PowerPoint: Ch33 Globalization at the Turn of the Millennium - PowerPoint

Maps: Ch33 Globalization at the Turn of the Millennium - http://college.cengage.com/history/research_companion/maps/world/bullietteaip3e/index.html / Map Questions

Video: Crash Course #41 Globalization Pt. I - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SnR-e0S6Ic

Video: Crash Course #42 Globalization Pt. II - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_iwrt7D5OA

Unit 6 Practice Questions - PowerPoint


AP Exam Review Materials (April-May Focus)


PowerPoint: Units 1-2 Review - Slideshare  

PowerPoint: Units 1-2 Review - PowerPoint  / Web Access 

PowerPoint: Unit 3 Review - PowerPoint  / Web Access

PowerPoint: Unit 4 Review - PowerPoint  / Web Access

PowerPoint: Unit 5 Review - PowerPoint  / Web Access


Unit 2 B-Ball Trivia Review Game - PowerPoint

Ch25 - Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism

Ch26 - New Balance of Power

One of the best ways to prepare for the DBQ (the “document-based question” on the AP European History, AP US History, and AP World History exams) is to look over sample questions and example essays. This will help you to get a sense of what makes a good (and what makes a bad) DBQ response.

That said, not all DBQ essay examples are created equal. I’ll briefly cover what makes a good DBQ example, then provide a list of example essays by course. Lastly, I’ve provided some tips on how to best use sample essays in your own preparation process. 


What's a Good DBQ Example?

Without a doubt, the best sample resources come from the College Board. This is because they are the ones who design and administer the AP exams. This means that:

  • Any DBQ essay example that they provide will include a real DBQ prompt.

  • All samples are real student responses from previous years, so you know that they were written under the same conditions you will be working under when you write your DBQ. In other words, they're authentic!

  • They not only have scores, they have explanations of each essay's score according to the terms of the rubric.

  • Each prompt includes several sample essays with a variety of scores.

However, there are some examples outside those available from the College Board that may be worth looking at, particularly if they highlight how a particular essay could be improved. But in general, a superior example will:

  1. Include the prompt and documents. It will be much easier for you to see how the information from the documents is integrated into the essay if you can actually look at the documents.

  2. Have a score. Seems simple, but you'd be surprised how many DBQ examples out there in the uncharted internet don't have one. Without a real, official score, it's hard to gauge how trustworthy a sample actually is.

With that in mind, I have below compiled lists, organized by exam, of high-quality example DBQs. 


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Every DBQ Example Essay You Could Ever Need, by Exam

Here are your example essays! We'll start with AP US History, then move to AP European History, and finally wrap up with AP World History.


AP US History: Official College Board Examples

Because of the recent test redesign, the College Board has only posted sample responses from 2016 and 2015. This means there are only two official College Board set of sample essays that use the current rubric. 

Neither of these links include analysis (so you can look at the question separately from the scoring guidelines). When you're ready for the sample responses, here are the DBQ samples from 2015 and the samples from 2016.

If you want to see additional sample sets, you can also look at older College Board US History DBQ example response sets, all the way back to 2003. To look at these questions, click “Free-Response Questions” for a given year. For the corresponding DBQ examples and scoring guidelines, click “Sample Responses Q1.” 

Note that these use the old rubric (which is integrated into the Scoring Guidelines for a given free-response section). General comments about the quality of the essay, outside information, and document analysis still apply, but the score is on a nine-point scale instead of the new seven-point scale, and some of the particulars will be different. Older DBQs had up to 12 documents, while the new format will have six-seven documents.

If you do look at older DBQ examples, I recommend using the new rubric to “re-grade” the essays in the sample according to the new seven-scale score. I'll also give more advice on how to use all of these samples in your prep later on.


Mr. Bald Eagle is an AP US History DBQ Grader in his spare time.


AP European History: Official College Board Examples

Unfortunately, there aren't as many sample resources for the AP Euro DBQ compared to the other AP history tests because 2016 was the first year the AP Euro test was administered in the new format. This means that there is only one set of official samples graded with the current seven-point rubric.

The rest of the existing available samples were graded in the old, nine-point format instead of the seven-point format implemented this past year. 

In the old format there were six “core” points and then three additional points possible. The old rubric is integrated with the sample responses for each question, but I’ll highlight some key differences between the old and new formats:

  • In the old format, you were given a brief “historical background” section before the documents. 

  • There were more documents—up to twelve. The new format will have 6-7.

  • There was an emphasis on “grouping” the documents that is not present in the new rubric.

  • There was also an explicit emphasis on correctly interpreting the documents that is not found in the new rubric.

The essential components of the DBQ are still the same between the two formats, although you should definitely look at the new rubric if you look at any of the old AP European History samples. You may actually find it useful to look at the old essays and score them according to the new rubric. 

Samples by year:

You can get samples in the old format all the way back to 2003 from the College Board. (Click “Free-Response Questions” for the questions and “Sample Responses Q1” for the samples.)

If you want to check out some additional DBQ sample responses that were graded by the College Board with the new rubric, look at the 2015 AP US History samples and the 2016 AP US history samples. The content will of course be different, but the structure and scoring are the same as they will be for the AP Euro 2016 test.


AP European History: Unofficial Samples

Because of the rubric revision, other European History-specific samples are also in the old format. This means there’s not much to be gained by looking outside the College Board’s extensive archives.

However, the New York State Regents exam also has a DBQ on it. The format is not identical, and it is scored out of 5 under a different rubric, but I do like this European-History themed example from Regents Prep because it has highlighted sections that show where the documents are used versus where outside information is referenced. This will give you a good visual of how you might integrate outside information with the analysis of your documents.


Consider how you might integrate this castle into the DBQ that is your life.


AP World History: Official College Board Examples

The World History AP exam has just transitioned to a new format to more resemble AP US History and AP European History for the 2017 test. This means that all currently available samples were graded in the old, nine-point format instead of the seven-point format to be implemented this year.

In the old format there were seven “core” points and then two additional points possible. The old rubric is integrated with the sample responses for each question, but I’ll highlight some key differences between the old and new formats:

  • There were more documents—up to ten. The new format will have 6-7.

  • There was an emphasis on “grouping” the documents on the old rubric that is not present in the new rubric.

  • There was also an explicit emphasis on correctly interpreting the documents that is not found in the new rubric.

  • In the old rubric, you needed to identify one additional document that would aid in your analysis. The new rubric does not have this requirement.

The essential components of the DBQ are still the same between the two formats, although you should definitely look at the new rubric if you look at any of the old AP World History samples. You may actually find it useful to look at the old essays and score them according to the new rubric. 

For whatever reason the questions and the samples with scoring notes are completely separate documents for World History, so you’ll need to click separate links to get the question and documents and then the responses.

If you want to take a look at some DBQs that have been graded with the new rubric, you could check out the 2015 and 2016 samples from AP US History and the 2016 samples from AP European History. The historical content is different, but this will give you an idea of how the new rubric is implemented.  


Don't worry, the old format isn't as old as this guy right here.


How Should I Use DBQ Examples to Prepare?

So, now that you have all of these examples, what should you do with them? I'll go over some tips as to how you can use example DBQs in your own studying, including when to start using them and how many you should plan to review.


What Should I Do With These DBQs?

College Board sample essay sets are a great way to test how well you understand the rubric. This is why I recommend that you grade a sample set early on in your study process—maybe even before you've written a practice DBQ. 

Then, when you compare the scores you gave to the scores and scoring notes for the samples, you'll have a good idea of what parts of the rubric you don't really understand. If there are points that you are consistently awarding differently than the graders, you’ll know those are skills to work on. Keep giving points for the thesis and then finding out the sample didn't get those points? You'll know that you need to work on your thesis skills. Not giving points for historical context and then finding out the AP Grader gave full credit? You need to work on recognizing what constitutes historical context according to the AP. 

You can check out my tips on building specific rubric-based skills in my article on how to write a DBQ.

Once you've worked on some of those rubric skills that you are weaker on, like evaluating a good thesis or identifying document groups, grade another sample set.  This way you can see how your ability to grade the essays like an AP graderimproves over time! 

Obviously, grading sample exams is a much more difficult proposition when you are looking at examples in an old format (e.g. AP European History or AP World History samples).  The old scores as awarded by the College Board will be helpful in establishing a ballpark—obviously a 9 is still going to be a good essay under the 7-point scale—but there may be some modest differences in grades between the two scales. (Maybe that perfect 9 is now a 6 out of 7 due to rubric changes.)

For practice grading with old samples, you might want to pull out two copies of the new rubric, recruit a trusted study buddy or academic advisor (or even two study buddies!), and each re-grade the samples. 

Then, you can discuss any major differences in the grades you awarded. Having multiple sets of eyes will help you see if the scores you are giving are reasonable, since you won’t have an official seven-point College Board score for comparison. 


How Many Example DBQs Should I Be Using?

The answer to this question depends on your study plans! If it's six months before the exam and you plan on transforming yourself into a hard diamond of DBQ excellence, you might complete some practice grading on a sample set every few weeks to a month to check in on your progress towards thinking like an AP grader. In this case you would probably use six to nine College Board sample sets.

If, on the other hand, the exam is in a month and you are just trying to get in some skill-polishing, you might do a sample set every week to 10 days. It makes sense to check in on your skills more often when you have less time to study, because you want to be extra-sure that you are focusing your time on the skills that need the most work. So for a short time frame, expect to use somewhere in the range of three to four range College Board sample sets. 

Either way, you should be integrating your sample essay grading with skills practice, and doing some practice DBQ writing of your own.

Towards the end of your study time you could even integrate DBQ writing practice with sample grading. Read and complete a timed prompt, then grade the sample set for that prompt, including yours! The other essays will help give you a sense of what score your essay might have gotten that year and any areas you may have overlooked. 

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to using sample sets, but in general they are a useful tool for making sure you have a good idea what the DBQ graders will be looking for when you write your DBQ.


Hey, where can we find a good DBQ around here? 


Closing Thoughts on Example DBQs

Example DBQ essays are a valuable resource in your arsenal of study strategies for the AP History exams. Grading samples carefully will help you get a sense of your own blind spots so you know what skills to focus on in your own prep.

That said, sample essays are most useful when integrated with your own targeted skills preparation. Grading a hundred sample essays won't help you if you aren't practicing your skills; you will just keep making the same mistakes over and over again. And make sure you aren't using sample essays to avoid actually writing practice DBQs--you'll want to do at least a couple even if you only have a month to practice.

There you have it, folks. With this list of DBQ examples and tips on how to use them, you are all prepared to integrate samples into your study strategy!


What's Next?

Still not sure what a DBQ is? Check out my explanation of the DBQ.

Want tips on how to really dig in and study? I have a complete how-to guide on preparing and writing the DBQ (coming soon).

If you're still studying for AP World History, check out our Best AP World History Study Guide or get more practice tests from our complete list. 

Want more material for AP US History? Look into this article on the best notes to use for studying from one of our experts. Also check out her review of the best AP US History textbooks!


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