World History

Over the course of four days of instruction, participants will become familiar with the AP World History exam, construct a calendar for their course including assessments and assignments, become familiar with the conceptual framework for the course, learn to score student work authentically and efficiently, and assemble the components to compete the course audit. He will also share his curriculum via Google Drive, and review several key pedagogical techniques he uses in his classes.  Marsh aims to give the beginner or relatively new AP World History teacher everything needed to successfully start or hone a course, maximizing student learning while keeping the workload of the teacher to a reasonable limit.

What to Bring? 

Credit Guidelines

Seminar Schedule:

Day 1

  1. Logistics and Introductions
  2. The New Conceptual Framework – Periodization exercise with new & experienced partners
  3. Understanding the Thematic Learning Objectives and Key Concepts.
  4. Historical Thinking Skills and the AP World History Course
  5. Developing Student Understanding

Day 2 –

  1. Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence – Primary Sources
  2. Analyzing Historical Sources and Evidence – Secondary Sources
  3. Chronological Reasoning – Causation, CCOT, and Periodization
  4. Making Historical Connections – Comparison and Contextualization

Day 3 –

  1. Making Historical Connections – Synthesis
  2. Creating and Supporting an Historical Argument
  3. Sequencing the AP World History Course
  4. Selecting Resources to Support Teaching AP World History

Day 4

  1. Strategies for Teaching AP World History
  2. Planning Your Course
  3. Assessing Student Understanding
  4. Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development


Phone: 253-535-8378
Fax: 253-535-7184

Instructor Biography

Aaron Marsh teaches Social Studies at Vashon High School on Vashon Island, WA. He earned his B.A. degree from University of Washington in Anthropology and M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education at Western Washington University. He began teaching AP World History in 2001.
In 2005 his school’s AP World History program was featured in the College Board’s first Report to the Nation for having, along with a Texas school, the highest “pass” rate in the world on the AP World History test in the “schools with over 1000 students” category. In 2006 he was recognized as an exemplary AP teacher at the Western Region College Board conference in Las Vegas, NV. In 2009 he earned his National Board certification.
Marsh and his former colleagues at Newport High School grew their AP World History program from three to nine class sections, with over sixty percent of sophomores registering for AP World History for the 2011-2012 school year. From 2012 to 2015 he facilitated the expansion of AP Social Studies offerings at Vashon High School, including the establishment of AP Human Geography, World History, and United States History courses.

Marsh has been an AP Reader for five years, and has read all three types of AP World History essay. He has been a seminar presenter in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington, conducting one and four day seminars since 2007. In 2015 he authored one of the upcoming pacing guides oriented to the 2016-2017 course change to be published this fall on AP Central.

Aaron Marsh