The 2nd edition has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the AP World History course
that went into effect last year.
The book has three parts. The first introduces students to the goals, themes and historical thinking skills emphasized in the AP World History
curriculum. It also examines the important concepts of geography and periodization. Additionally, it introduces
students to the structure of the exam, as well as to the rubrics used to score the three types of essays: Document
Based Question (DBQ), Change and Continuity over Time (CCOT) essay, and Comparative essay.
The second part of the book is devoted to narrative-based units, providing content for each of the six
historical eras: Technological and Environmental Transformations to 600 B.C.E., 600 B.C.E.-600 C.E., 600-
1450 C.E., 1450-1750 C.E., 1750-1900 C.E., and 1900 to the Present. Each unit is followed by 25 multiple-choice
questions and one period based essay designed to replicate those that will be found on the newly revised
AP test. This will provide students with the opportunity to review content for each unit, as well as to practice with
150 multiple-choice questions and 6 essays topics (two for each of the three types of essays covered on the
The third part of the book consists of three full-length simulated sample exams that students may take as
they prepare for the exam in May. Each sample exam is modeled after the newly revised AP exam, with 70
multiple-choice questions, one Document Based Question (DBQ), one Change and Continuity over Time
(CCOT) essay, and one Comparative essay.
Each class order is accompanied by a FREE Teacher’s Manual that contains explanations for all multiple-choice
questions and scoring guidelines for all essay prompts in the book. Separate student answer keys for the
multiple-choice section are included with each book.
You no doubt have high standards when it comes to choosing the best AP World History book for your
students. The questions in our book are as difficult and demanding as your students will find the actual
examination. Your students will be thoroughly prepared for the examination. Why not give your students the
The authors of the book are Ethel Wood and Sarah Fisher. Ethel Wood taught AP World History at Princeton
High School in Princeton, NJ, from 2001 until 2007. She has served as a College Board consultant for both AP
U.S. and Comparative Government; and as an AP World History and Comparative Government consultant for
the REACH program in New York City.
Sarah Fisher has taught AP World History at Central Kitsap High School
in Silverdale, WA, since its inception in 2001. She has also been a long time Reader and Table Leader for the
College Board and served on the AP Comparative Government Test Development Committee.
Here is what some of your colleagues had to say about our first edition AP World History book:
“The books are great. They have helped my students tremendously.”
Luann Bloodworth / Lee County HS, Leesburg, GA
“My students found the charts helpful in our reviews. I like the fact that the answers are not in the book.”
Jennifer C. Meade / Fort Walton Beach High School, Fort Walton Beach, FL
"I like the way the book aligns the review text with the six themes of AP World History. The extensive use of review
icharts is particularly helpful."
Gwen Palace / Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa, OK