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Mrs. Kaminskis
AP European History

The West Before 1300



Five Reasons to Study History:

1) To help us develop judgment in worldly affairs by understanding the past behavior of people
of societies.
2) To help us continue to understand change and how the community, nation and world we live in
came to be.
3) To help us develop essential skills for good citizenship.
4) To inspire us.
5) To help us develop essential thinking skills.
Goal: Our goal this week is to review some very important historical topics before we start the
first unit on the Middle Ages. Topics include early civilizations, the Greeks, and the Romans.
The week will conclude with a test on the summer reading assignment.
To Do List: Introduce unit and reading guides, calendars, and homework expectations.
I. Reading Guide
1. How did life in the Neolithic Age differ from the Paleolithic Age? (2)
2. Homo sapiens (2)
3. Culture (2)
4. Bronze Age (3)
5. What were characteristics of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt? (3)
6. What was the significance of Hebrew monotheism for the future of Western civilizations? (6)
7. What was the polis and how did it affect Greek society and government? (6)
8. Polis (8)
9. Why did Sparta develop its unique form of government? (9)
8. The Peloponnesian War (10)
9. Socrates (11)
10. Plato (11)
11. Aristotle (11)
12. Alexander the Great (12)
13. How did the expansion of Rome change the Republic? What events led to the fall of the Republic? To what
extent was the republic destroyed by ambitious generals who loved power more than Rome itself? (14)
14. What solutions did Augustus provide for the problems that had plagued the Roman Empire? How was the Roman
Empire organized, and why did it function smoothly? (16)
15. Jesus/Christianity (20)
16. Catholic (20)
17. Coloni (21)
18. How did the Byzantine Empire continue the legacy of Rome? How did the developing Christian church influence
Western society during the early Middle Ages? (22)
19. Muhammad/Islam (23)
20. What distinctive features characterized the early Church? What role did the Church play in the world after
the fall of the Western Roman Empire? (24)

21. Charlemagne (25)

22. Feudal society (26)
23. What were some of the conditions that gave rise to feudal society? What are the essential characteristics of
feudal society? (26)
21. Fief (26)
22. What major development in Western and Eastern Europe encouraged the emergence of the Crusades? (27)
23. How did England and France develop strong monarchies? How did the experience of those two countries differ
from that of the Holy Roman Empire in the same period? (27)
24. The Crusades (29)
25. Universities (31)

First Semester, Introduction: The West Before 1300

Reading: Text, pp. 1-34

Aug. 3

Topic of the Day

PPT Mrs. K Intro
Collect Summer Assignments
Start Student Presentations

TH & F

Aug. 4, 5

Aug. 8


Aug. 9, 10

Finish Student Presentations

Check out textbooks
Class Syllabus
Unit Guide for Introduction
TA Reading Notes
Code of Hammurabi Lesson
PPT Greeks & Romans
SHEG Was Athens truly a democracy?

TH & F

Aug. 11, 12

TA Reading Notes
Sophies World Discussion
Test on Summer Assignment
PPT Time
Middle Ages Unit Guide

Purchase 3 ring binder,
dividers, notecards,
Map of Europe
Syllabus signed
Read pp. 1-10 (#1-8)
Read pp. 11-21 (#9-17)
SHEG Packet
Read 22-31 (#18-25)
Study for Test on
Sophies World
Middle Ages Unit Guide
Read pp. 35-41 (#1-3)