Lesson Plans

World Civilizations: The Global Experience

by Stearns, Adas, Schwartz, and Gilbert ©2001 by Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers

The purpose of the following Focus Lessons for World Civilizations is to assist you in planning your daily lessons by highlighting important ideas and concepts in each chapter, as well as the relevant sections in the program's ancillaries. The Focus Lessons, written by an experienced AP* teacher, suggest strategies for assessing how well your students understand the important points in each chapter, and also provide test-taking tips that will help your students prepare for and take the AP* World History test successfully.

Chapter Focus Lessons
by Margaret Martin
Arlington Independent School District
Arlington, Texas

AP* Test-Taking Techniques

Focus Lesson 1: Chapter 1: "The Neolithic Revolution and the Birth of Civilization"
Chapter 2: "The Rise of Civilizations in the Middle East and Asia"
Chapter 3: "Asia's First Civilizations: India and China"
Chapter 4: "Nomadic Challenges and Sedentary Responses"
Chapter 5: "Unification and the Consolidation of Civilization in China"
Chapter 8: "Religious Rivalries and India's Golden Age"
Focus Lesson 2: Chapter 6: "Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World"
Chapter 7: "Rome and Its Empire"
Focus Lesson 3: Chapter 10: "The Spread of People and Civilizations"
Chapter 11: "The End of the Classical Era: World History in Transition: 200–700 C.E."
Focus Lesson 4: Chapter 12: "The First Global Civilizations: The Rise and Spread of Islam"
Chapter 13: "Abbasid Decline and the Spread of Islamic Civilization to South and Southeast Asia"
Chapter 14: "African Civilization and the Spread of Islam"
Focus Lesson 5: Chapter 15: "Civilizations in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe"
Focus Lesson 6: Chapter 16: "A New Civilization Emerges in Western Europe"
Focus Lesson 7: Chapter 9: "The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas"
Chapter 17: "The Americas on the Eve of Invasion"
Focus Lesson 8: Chapter 18: "Reunification and Renaissance in Chinese Civilization: The Era of the Tang and Song Dynasties"
Chapter 19: "The Spread of Chinese Civilization: Japan, Korea, and Vietnam"
Focus Lesson 9: Chapter 20: "The Last Great Nomadic Challenges: From Chinggis Khan to Timur"
Focus Lesson 10: Chapter 21: "The West and the Changing World Balance"
Chapter 22: "The Transformation of the West: 1450–1750"
Chapter 23: "The West and the World"
Focus Lesson 11: Chapter 24: "The Rise of Russia"
Focus Lesson 12: Chapter 25: "Early Latin America"
Focus Lesson 13: Chapter 26: "The Muslim Empires"
Focus Lesson 14: Chapter 27: "Africa and the Africans in the Age of Atlantic Slave Trade"
Focus Lesson 15: Chapter 28: "Asian Transitions in an Age of Global Change"
Focus Lesson 16: Chapter 29: "The Industrialization of the West: 1760–1914"
Chapter 30: "Industrialization and Imperialism: The Making of the European Global Order"
Focus Lesson 17: Chapter 31: "The Consolidation of Latin America: 1830–1920"
Focus Lesson 18: Chapter 32: "Civilizations in Crisis: The Ottoman Empire, the Islamic Heartlands, and Qing China"
Focus Lesson 19: Chapter 33: "Russia and Japan: Industrialization Outside the War"
Focus Lesson 20: Chapter 34: "International Contacts and Conflicts: 1914–1999"
Chapter 35: "The West in the 20th Century"
Focus Lesson 21: Chapter 36: "Russian and Eastern Europe"
Focus Lesson 22: Chapter 37: "Japan and the Pacific Rim"
Focus Lesson 23: Chapter 38: "Latin America: Revolution and Reaction in the 20th Century"
Focus Lesson 24: Chapter 39: "Decolonization and the Decline of the European World Order"
Chapter 40: "Africa and Asia in the Era of Independence"
Focus Lesson 25: Chapter 41: "War and Revolution in China and Vietnam"