World History

Course Description:

Learning Outcomes and Course Objectives
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Align your instruction with the goals of the AP course.
• Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.
• Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.
• Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

Updates 2019-2020
The AP World History course was updated for the 2019-2020 school year. The new AP World History: Modern test will address content from 1200 CE to the present. This workshop will address all of these changes. The workshop will also take advantage of the samples from the 2020 AP reading to explain how the changes to the course were reflected in the AP test.

Suggested Materials
There are no required course materials beyond the material provided by the College Board. The activities and resources that I will provide will be available online. Participants should bring a laptop to the workshop if possible. The recommended supplemental textbook is:

Marks, Robert B. The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4422-1240-4

The book is available directly from the publisher at
It is also available on Amazon.


Workshop Agenda

Note: The goal of the workshop is for every teacher to feel prepared to teach AP World.  To help meet that goal I will tailor the agenda to meet the needs of the participants in the workshop.  I will send out a survey about a week before the workshop to collect information, and then use that information to shape the workshop agenda.  I will also get feedback from participants during the week and amend the agenda as needed.



Understanding the course

  • Equity and Access
  • The AP mindset
  • Using the unit guides, themes and historical reasoning skills


Historical Argumentation

Unit planning for 1200-1450 CE



Test Strategies: Multiple Choice (MCQs)

Using student notetaking to improve test performance


Test Strategies: Short Answer Questions (SAQs)

Unit planning for 1450-1750 CE



Primary Source Analysis

Test strategies: How to teach the DBQ


Scoring the DBQ

Unit planning for 1750-1900 CE



Test strategies: How to teach the LEQ

Scoring the LEQ


College Board online resources

  • Personal Progress Checks
  • Test Bank

Syllabus creation and AP Audit process

Unit planning for 1900-present



Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

Instructor Biography

Sean Harris-Campf teaches AP World History and on-level US History at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, WA, where he has taught for the past 15 years. He started the AP World History program at HNA in 2012 and has expanded student access by working with the school to minimize barriers to entry. Sean is a College Board consultant in World History and an AP Reader. He is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with teachers to improve their
ability to teach AP World History. He lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and two daughters.

Sean Harris-Campf