by Emily Glankler

Now, more than ever, teachers need digital tools to help them educate their students. Check out these great resources for teaching AP® World History: Modern.

Important Pages on the College Board Website

Primary Course Page on AP® Central

This is the main landing page for the course and contains information about the course, the exam, and how it is scored.

Direct Link to the Course and Exam Description

This document houses College Board objectives for the course as well as a suggested pacing guide. It is an incredibly valuable resource.

AP® World History: The Exam

This page explains the different components of the exam.

AP® Score Distributions

This page gives score distribution tables to show the percentages of 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s for each AP® subject.

AP®World History: Modern Past Exam Question

This page houses essay prompts, rubrics, and student samples from previous exams from 1999 to 2019.

Test Prep Resources

Albert.io Score Calculator

Share this widget with students so they can see how they might do on their exams. Could come in handy if you want to scare an unmotivated student into completing her homework!

Anti-Social Studies Exam Review Resources 

Check out a variety of products all created by an experienced AP® World teacher, including unit overviews, maps, era timelines, and unique AP-style writing prompts. 

Freeman-pedia

Mr. Freeman has compiled a one-stop shop for AP® World materials, organized by unit. 

Heimler’s History Ultimate Review Packet 

Every year students swear by this Ultimate Review resource that provides exclusive review videos, fill-in notes with answer keys for each unit and practice multiple-choice questions and AP-style practice exams.

Marco Learning’s Free Study Guide Pack

This is a helpful resource if your students need big picture reviews of each of the units in AP® World History: Modern.

Online Lesson Plans

Anti-Social Studies Teacher Starter Pack

This PDF contains 40+ original lesson plans, 26 AP-style writing prompts, unit overviews, maps, and timelines, all aligned to the College Board’s Course and Exam Description.

Asia for Educators

This searchable database contains amazing primary sources and full lesson plans, curated by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute out of Columbia University. 

The Choices Program

Brown University’s Choice Program offers curriculum materials to help develop the skills and knowledge young people need to be informed about history and decision making on contested contemporary policy issues. For teachers, choices offers introductory professional development workshops around the world to assist educators in implementing Choices materials in their classrooms.

The DBQ Project

This is a great resource to purchase for your school or social studies department and to use in both AP® and on-level courses. You receive 10 unique DBQs with step-by-step lesson plans and handouts designed to introduce your students to document-based questions. (Note: the DBQ prompts are not “AP-style” but the documents and supporting materials are fantastic for practicing DBQs early in the year or building lessons around.)

Facing History

Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.

The Learning Network (New York Times)

The New York Times has a great collection of free lesson plans based on current events, as well as an archive of over 1,000 lesson plans based on past New York Times articles.

Marco Learning’s Free Lesson Plans

Developed for Marco Learning’s AP® Teacher Support, each lesson plan is aligned to the College Board’s official Course and Exam Descriptions and vetted by experienced AP® teachers.

Stanford History Education Group

Register for free and gain access to a completely searchable database of lessons, each organized around a central historical question and a set of primary source documents. 

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, and welcome participants.

World History For Us All (UCLA)

Based out of UCLA’s National Center for History in the Schools, this website is a collection of teaching units and other resources organized by “Big Eras” in world history. (Hint: the AP World curriculum begins in “Big Era 5” on their website.)

Zinn Project

The Zinn Project offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and grade level. These teaching materials emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history.

Facebook and Community Groups

AP® World History Teachers (Facebook Group)

This is a group strictly made for current instructors of Advanced Placement World History so every conversation in here is AP® World ONLY!

Marco Learning’s Online Resources for AP® Teachers

A forum for AP teachers to share advice, experience, and resources for teaching AP® classes online. Created and moderated by the Marco Learning team of teachers.

College Board’s Official AP® Community

This online community is where AP® and Pre-AP® teachers discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with each other.

Podcasts

Note: Some recommendations may contain mature language. Please use your own discretion.

Anti-Social Studies (Season 1)

In 17 episodes, World History teacher Emily Glankler covers the Neolithic Revolution up to the present day, with family-friendly jokes throughout! (Hint: AP World History content begins with Episode 4 “The Medieval Era or, ‘That Time Europe Lost Its Mind’”)

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

These episodes are not for the faint of heart (they often span multiple hours) but they are great for a super deep dive into ancient civilizations and military history.

People’s History Podcasts for Young People

Many podcasts offer accessible and engaging people’s history lessons. This link contains recommendations that may be of interest to high school students. (Some of the podcasts would be appropriate for upper elementary and middle school as well, such as selected Storycorps and Uncivil episodes. Listen first.)

Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell often goes back into history to explore stories or ideas that we’ve misremembered (or forgotten entirely.) 

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Holly and Tracy are expert storytellers who focus on one very specific person or topic from the past that they believe more people should know about. 

You’re Wrong About

Although most episodes are more focused on modern American history, there are incredible episodes dispelling common myths and misunderstandings about world history topics like Marie Antoinette and medieval torture devices. 

YouTube Channels

Anti–Social Studies

With unit introductions, live reviews, and “deep dives” into illustrative examples, Emily Glankler’s channel is a great place for kids to start. 

AP World History: Modern AP Daily Live Review Videos

On this playlist, experienced AP World History teachers lead live review sessions on content and test-taking strategies for the 2022 AP World History exam. 

Crash Course World History

Although the videos are not aligned to the College Board’s AP World History: Modern curriculum, John Green is always a student favorite with entertaining videos covering all of World History. (Hint: AP World History starts at around #14 “The Dark Ages… How Dark Were They, Really?” in the series.)

Freeman-pedia

Mr. Freeman’s channel is perfect for diving deep into specific topics in AP World, including “Illustrative Examples,” key dates, and things to know before taking the exam.

Heimler’s History

This channel is ubiquitous in the AP History community. Steve Heimler has a short, information-packed video for every topic in the Course and Exam Description. These videos are super helpful for students to watch either before they read the textbook or as they’re reviewing content before assessments.

Marco Learning’s AP® World History Playlist

Marco Learning has a whole bunch of YouTube videos that walk students through the key concepts of the AP World course, as well as videos that breakdown the Exam and scoring rubrics.

General Digital Teaching Tools

EdPuzzle

Edit a YouTube video to include questions.

Pear Deck

Creating engaging presentation with this great addition to Google Slides.

Peergrade

Online platform to facilitate peer feedback.

Flipgrid

Students create short videos.

Smallpdf.com

A free solution to all your PDF problems.

Kami

For editing PDFs.

Loom

Make a video for your class.

Screencastify

Make a video for your class.

Padlet

Group Discussion Board

Gimkit

Turn quizzes into a game!

Educaplay

Free Educational Games

EDrenaline Rush

Editable, adaptable templates for distance learning.

Ditch That Textbook

Editable templates for digital learning.

Sutori

Great for group projects, timelines, etc.

Quizlet

Great for vocab!

Jamboard

If you already have or use google classroom.

Google Classroom Introduction for Educators

Other Resources

Online Learning

Free online classes from Harvard, MIT, and more!

Great Courses Plus

Binge-worthy online courses.

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