AP Insight: World History

A Road Map to AP Success

AP educators leveraged years of teaching experience, data, and student work to identify key challenge areas – the concepts and skills most foundational to success in college and AP World History. Teachers use AP Insight to create a road map in their own syllabus, target challenge areas, and help students connect building blocks to master the course. 

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Strategically Focus Instruction

AP World History Overview of Challenge Areas


Challenge Areas

Flexible Building Blocks by Period

Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
Causation: The Environment and Humans
  1. 1 Early Migrations
  2. 3 Migration and Settlements
  1. 4 Columbian Exchange Settlements
  2. 5 Industrialization and Imperialism
Contextualization: Environment and Demography
  1. 2 Development of Empires
  2. 3 Disease and Demography
  1. 4 Latin American Development
Development and Interaction of Cultures
Contextualization: Interaction of Religions and Societies
  1. 2 Buddhism and Christianity Develop
  2. 3 Islam Develops
  1. 3 Belief Systems Expand and Adapt
  2. 4 Expansion and Cultural Change
Causation: Spread of Knowledge Across Cultures
  1. 2 Diffusion of Knowledge
  2. 3 Spread of Knowledge in Eurasia
  1. 4 Diffusion of Religious Belief
  2. 6 Spread of Technology and Ideas
State Building, Expansion, and Conflict
Causation: Linking State Building and Urban Growth
  1. 2 Cities and the Rise and Fall of States
  2. 3 Cities and Cross-Cultural Exchanges
  1. 3 Nomadic-Sedentary Interactions
Periodization: State Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  1. 1 Transition from Paleolithic to Neolithic
  2. 2 Expansion and Dissolution of States
  1. 5 Industrialism, Imperialism, and Nationalism
  2. 6 20th- and 21st-Century Political Conflict
Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
Comparative Economic Tools of States and Empires
  1. 4 Coercive Labor Systems
  2. 4 Private Institutions as Tools of Trade
  1. 5 19th-Century Economic Reform Policies
  2. 6 Global Economic Involvement in Africa
Contextualization and Networks of Exchange
  1. 3 Post-Classical Trade
  2. 4 Long-Distance Trade Networks
  1. 5 Trade in the Imperial Age
Development and Transformation of Social Structures
Comparison: Influence of Belief on Social Structure
  1. 2 Influence of Early Religions
  2. 4 Influence of State Building
  1. 5 Influence of 19th-Century Ideologies
  2. 6 Influence of 20th-Century Concepts
CCOT: Developing Perceptions of Race and Ethnicity
  1. 4 Cross-Cultural Treatment of Ethnic Groups
  2. 5 Ideas About Race and Racial Hierarchy
  1. 5 Shared Ethnicity and New National Identities
  2. 6 Ethnic/Racial Identities in Decolonization


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