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AP World History

Below are some useful documents for parents and students of
Hale's AP World History course including the Intro/Parent letter
which lists:
  • class rules
  • grading scales
  • required materials
  • how grades are determined
Also, there's a Late work policy sheet which includes class policies
for late work as well as cheating.
Lastly, there's a copy of the Course Technology policy.
You can also find the current course calendar as well as other doc's which may be of interest from time to time.       
Check out the Study Tips for AP World here:  AP World Study Tips
A letter from a former student:

Below is an e-mail from a student who graduated several years ago, who wrote the following and sent it to me without any input or prompting from me:

Mr. Clarke,
I thought of you today as I decided to start reading Guns, Germs and Steel for fun. I'm not sure if this means I've prematurely become a boring adult or if I'm still just a history nerd, but I'm hoping it's the latter.
I hope the AP testing went well this year and that there weren't too many surprises on the test for the students! I stumbled across your website one day, and thought that I'd send you a message as a former student, in case you'd want to put it on the website or just share it with any of the kids later on.
I just finished my third year of college, and the memory of my AP World experience is still very fresh in my mind. Speaking as a current college student at a reputable public university, it was the one class I took at Hale that most closely resembled a college-level class and experience. The workload given to you is approximately the same as in a college course, and what is expected and demanded of you is also very similar to a college course. Honestly, I wish I had AP World later in my high school career so that I could have gone into college fresh off the AP World experience. The mentality and work ethic that Mr. Clarke and the class instill in you sets you up for success in college. You will have to stay up late in college finishing readings and writing papers and doing homework. And most likely, you'll have some nights doing this with AP World. Also - make sure the students know not to panic if they fall asleep while reading and wake up with the book laid over their chest. I remember doing that and having this fear-induced panic set in because I had to go to school without finishing the reading! But really, looking back, it was a rite of passage; it happened to all of us! One of the nicest and more tangible advantages to taking AP World was that I received college credits from passing the test with a great score and was able to register earlier for my college classes each semester than my peers because of my accumulated credits. At a big university, this is a HUGE benefit. It can sometimes be hard to get into the classes you want when you have to register later than your peers. It also helped me test out of classes needed for graduation.
AP World was a difficult class. And clearly, college is difficult too. But I truly believe that by taking AP World, I got a glimpse into what it took to succeed in college, and I gained a lot more confidence from finding out just how far I could push myself and how much I could accomplish. Indeed, it was much more than I ever would have imagined.
I also wanted to say thank you, Mr. Clarke. You really do help students reach great things by teaching them how to grow by pushing themselves. You never went easy on us, and for that I have to thank you.
The transition to college wasn't as fluid for me as I had expected. As a self-described perfectionist who got all A's at Hale, I found myself scared to take classes for fear of getting a (gasp!) B or worse. So my first two years, I took classes that I thought would boost my gpa, but I didn't find a lot of fulfillment in it. Shockingly, I found out that what made me happy and what was fulfilling wasn't getting all A's, it was doing something that pushed me and made me think outside the box and made me grow, even if that meant I got a godforsaken B once in a while.
The summer before my junior year, I decided to change my major to Economics - what I actually wanted to do when I came to college, but was too scared to actually try. It's been one of the best decisions of my college career (and it only added a semester onto my graduation plan, which isn't too shabby!). It meant I had to take calculus and a lot of other math-intensive classes, and yes, it meant that I have gotten 3 whole B's in college, but I finally feel like I'm doing something where I'm pushing myself again. It feels like I'm back in AP World busting my butt for a really fulfilling outcome.
So thank you for teaching your students how to push themselves and for giving them the confidence and courage to take the leap and do it. It may have taken me a while to get there, but I think I've finally figured out what's best for me. Of course, as an overachiever I couldn't just do one major, so I am doing a double major in Economics and Communication (I still love to write!) and minoring in business. I've done two internships already, and I'm starting to feel like a real adult, which is scary but inevitable.
Megan Navarrette, Hale Grad 2008