World History-New

Eric Hahn

Eric Hahn, from St. Louis, Missouri, has been teaching since 1986, and he has been in the Advanced Placement program since 1996.  He has taught both Advanced Placement United States History and Advanced Placement World History and has been an essay reader and/or table leader for the College Board program for the past twenty-one years.  Undergraduate work took place at Antioch College, and he earned his PhD from St. Louis University in Curriculum and Instruction in 1999. Eric has been a consultant for the College Board since 1997.  Eric Hahn served as both department chair and k-12 curriculum coordinator for his school district while teaching AP courses.  During this time, with two colleagues, he helped begin a program designed to boost enrollment and success for African American and Hispanic students. He received recognition as a Peabody Leaders in Education Award, World Affairs Council Teacher of the Year, the Benjamin Hooks Excellence in Education Award, and Outstanding Educator from the University of Chicago. Eric likes to travel, enjoys bicycling, reading and is involved in the crazy hobby of beekeeping.

Course Description

Within this four-day institute, participants will preview and review the World History College Board Course and Exam Description. Participants will have all the necessary information to successfully begin an Advanced Placement World History course.  In addition to course coverage, ideas and tips for beginning and planning a new course will be shared by the instructor.

This course will allow participants to:

  • Fully participate in discussions regarding pedagogy and content, including evaluation of assessments and sample student essays. Participants should share questions, ideas and experiences with the group
  • Complete a course calendar for the upcoming school year.
  • Complete and share an AP World History style lesson for a chronological period prior to Period 5 (1750-1900). Details for this activity will be given during the workshop, but must include such information as Thematic Objectives, and History Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Skills.

Participants should bring a copy of their school’s textbook, if available and a school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.


Day 1

  • Introductions, Needs of the Group
  • AP Philosophy
  • Recruiting
  • Equity and Access
  • AP Skills developed throughout the course
  • New Curriculum Framework
  • Course Description
  • Use of Class Time- AP World History Style
  • Period 1 (As Per College Board, 2019)
  • Create Sample Lessons (How-To)
  • Find Sources  (Websites, Primary and Secondary Sources)

Day 2

  • Finish Period 1
  • Period 2
  • Create Sample Lessons
  • Find Sources  (Websites, Primary and Secondary Sources)
  • Pacing; Share Class Calendars
  • Introduction of Essays
  • Document Based Question
  • Detailed Coverage in Preparing Students
  • Point Assessment Review
  • Practice Reading Sample Essays
  • Resources (Books, Videos)

Days 3 & 4

  • Multiple Choice
  • Examples (stimulus-based)
  • Theory and Practice
  • Developing the Multiple Choice Question
  • Period 3
  • Sample Lessons
  • Create New Sample Lessons
  • Find Sources  (Websites, Primary and Secondary Sources)
  • Introduction to the New Guidelines for Long Essay
  • How to Assess
  • Analysis
  • Periods 4 and 5
  • Sample Lessons
  • Introduction to the Short Answer Essay
    • Create
    • Assess
  • Post Exam or Summer Assignments
  • Best Practices From Participants

As time allows, exploration of the following topics:

  • Starting an AP program
  • Vertical Teaming and the Curriculum
  • More About Writing in the AP program
  • Reading in the AP program
  • Adapting Past Essay Questions
  • Review for Students