This site has been created by the RRHS AP World History (WHAP) team to assist their students. If you have any suggestions please feel free to share your thoughts.
If you’ve misplaced your 1st Day handout with the WHAP course information you can view/download a copy here.
JOANNE TRCKA (Room 312) Phone (512) 464-6246 Joanne_Trcka@Roundrockisd.org
ROBERT CONRAD (Room 316) Phone (512) 464-6250 Robert_Conrad@Roundrockisd.org
JESSICA FREEMAN (Room 318) Phone (512) 464-6000 Jessica_Freeman@Roundrockisd.org
TEXTBOOK Website: We have a brand new textbook this year. You will be setting up student accounts in class.
the 2014/2015 school year brings a new textbook to the AP World History Curriculum…stay tuned for more information.
We are very happy you decided to challenge yourself with an AP course and we hope to make your time in class an enjoyable experience. In order to accomplish this objective, we all have responsibilities. If there is anything we can do to help you in class, or at Round Rock High School in general, don’t hesitate to talk with any of us.
The Course - AP World History is designed to prepare the ambitious student for success on the College Board World History Exam, and to provide the student with a thorough, objective education in global history. This is an academically rigorous study of mankind’s existence on this planet for the past ~10,000 years. Although World History is a “core” course, AP World History is a College Board approved, college-level class taught with a college-level text and ancillaries with college-level expectations. This is the equivalent of a two-semester, three-hour college history course. In other words, this is a challenging course for a high school sophomore. Near the end of the school year ALL AP students are expected to take the AP World History Examination which, with an acceptable score, could provide them with college credit. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are met and greatly exceeded throughout this course.
Costs: There is a fee that the College Board charges for administering this test. There are systems in place to help those who may require financial assistance. Round Rock High School wants to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to participate in the AP Exam.
Grading Policy: ALL QUIZZES, EXAMS, & ESSAYS ARE TIMED. Six weeks grades are calculated according to the following:
50% Summative Grades: These can include, but are not limited to, exams & essays, which are based on readings, lecture, and class activities.
50% Formative Grades: These may include daily reading quizzes, homework, in-class work and other work as assigned.
Students will have 8 minutes to complete a quiz; that time will diminish by 15 seconds each marking period. Expect a quiz every day.
Students will have the opportunity to improve their grade on a quiz within one week of taking the quiz and only if/when the corresponding Key Points have been completed and submitted within the allotted time.
- READING and lots of it. Expect an average of 25-30 pages of reading per homework assignment.
- Guided Reading Assignments (“Key Points”) are also assigned to each chapter and must be completed on time.
o These Key Points will not mathematically factor in to the student’s grade. However, completed Key Points may be used during a quiz and are required for quiz corrections only if the Key Points have been completed and submitted to the teacher within one (1) week of taking the quiz.
- Attending class alone cannot possibly prepare the student for success on the AP exam or in the course.
- You will encounter vocabulary that you may never have encountered before. If you do not know a word, look it up!
Midterm: All AP World History students will take the Midterm Semester Exam in December.
Absences: IF you miss class on a test day, expect to take it the next day you come to class. If it is discovered that you have skipped on a test day- you get a ZERO on the test. We randomly check on absences – so don’t skip. You must always check our website for homework assignments and anything else you might need to know.
Tutorials & Communication: Mr. Conrad, Mrs. Trcka, and Mrs. Freeman are available to assist you at various times. There is a schedule posted outside each of our classrooms for your reference. Each of us can also be reached via e-mail – often this can be the most efficient form of communication. Students need not work exclusively in their own teacher’s room. If their teacher is not available they may work in another WHAP teachers’ room. The majority of our time is spent with students in the room and often our conference periods are used for meetings, etc.
Students with Educational Accommodations: Regarding the AP Exam in the spring, the College Board has a lengthy accommodations process. Please contact your counselor and/or principal and begin the application process ASAP.