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AP World History Timelines
Bill Strickland
East Grand Rapids High School
Setting the Stage
I assigned these timelines this year for the first time, and I have yet to see how effective they are in
helping my students organize APWH content. (Note: I use Bentley & Zeigler’s Traditions & Encounters,
2nd Ed. so the chapters numbers are all keyed to that textbook.)
I use this timeline together with the “Must-Know Dates.” Basically I require students to place the
selected information on the timeline. Students tell me it helps them visualize where and when each event
is located in the “tapestry” of world history. Students will often ask, “Where [in what geographic region]
does NATO belong? Americas or Europe?” I usually reflect the question right back to them and ask
them to interpret the evidence for themselves. This is an important step in them discovering their own
interpretive “voice” re: history.
Ideally, if students complete the timelines for all five eras (Foundations, 600-1450, etc.) t