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Bingham gazes upon the fallen bodies of students who failed to make enough effort!
WHAP or not to WHAP?
That IS the question. This is a decision for you, not your parents. There are no half-hearted WHAP students, they either engage fully, or they drop. Read the former student's advise below, and then make up your mind. This isn't about how smart you are, it's about how hard you will work.
Here is analysis of student performance (in aggregate) from last May's exam. Note that some students took the regular exam, while some took an alternate. They are scored and normed in the same way. In summary, 31 of 50 student earned a top score of 5, while 100% of HSPVA students passed the exam.
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Robert Strayer's excellent and very readable survey will be your best friend all year. You need the combined volume with out sources or both volume one and two. Please purchase this book before the end of the summer, you are responsible for reading Chapter THREE. There is a test over that chapter on the second week of school Really!
Summer Reading Help
One of your classmates wrote me asking about the tests at the beginning of the year. What follows is part of my reply.
So on the regions the test will look just like the sheet you have except the name of the civilization will be blank. The regions and the dates will be there. With the spice themes, you will get the broad theme such as “social” and you will have a blank line for each of the sub-themes under “social, and so on. With the vocabulary you will get four ten question quizzes. The test will simply be a word, and you need to write out a definition. You’ll have to keep taking those (vocabulary) tests until you get all of them right.
The chapter three test will be open ended, and either a margin question, or a “big picture” question. There will be five questions, each with multiple answers; just like the second half of the test you saw for chapter 2 last year.
After that, you’ll get a multiple choice test at the beginning of the week, and an open ended one in the middle of the week (check the class calendar, they are all there now.)
Read the "letter to future WHAP students " PDF on the WHAP main page for some insights.
My experience has taught me that new WHAP students need more than an overview of world history during the summer, or perhaps less! What they need to learn to prepare for this challenging class is the jargon used in history, the regions studied, themes, and units of analysis used in the course; the significant societies to be studied. So for that reason, you will learn this small body of information this summer (in addition to chapter 3 of Strayer's 2nd edition) at a 100% level of comprehension. This will pay off for you in many ways. It will make the reading easier, it will put the topics in context, it will give you a framework to understand the big picture ideas of the course, and it will help you start our journey together to earning a 5 on the AP exam May 17th, 2018.
You will be assessed on these topics (found in the files above;
1) SPICE themes/units of analysis,
2) "Must Know" regions and chronology, and
3) history jargon.
You will be assessed on these topics beginning the second day of school until you can demonstrate 100% mastery, they're that important! Memorize them!
Remember, you can link to WHAP time period pages on the General Info Page