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AP European History

On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year

Teacher: Meredith Noah



2020 - 2021 AP European History

now accepting applications! 



Welcome to my AP European History page! I am thrilled to offer this course again, and to continue working with such an amazing and impressive group of young scholars.



This AP course is an in-depth look at "modern" European History starting with a brief look at the end of the Middle Ages and ending with the current time period with a discussion on contemporary issues impacting the continent.  Please look here to see the full course description as outlined by the College Board. My goal is to use interactive tools as well as lessons to help students to not only master the material, but to enjoy it - and to make interdisciplinary connections that will help them in the future. 

In addition to assigned readings (from the textbook as well as primary and secondary sources), students will also be trained in the written elements of the AP exam, including the DBQ, the LEQ and the SAQ.  Students will be expected to participate in some collaborative online discussions as well as projects. Additionally, students will have the option to participate in live online reviews with brick & mortar students. 

START DATE: Monday August 31, 2020 (there will be a brief summer assignment posted the week of August 10, 2020)

END DATE: Monday May 10, 2021 (The test is on Friday May 7th, Monday is just a quick follow-up online discussion)


NOTE: This course is taught asynchronously, with MOST work due on Fridays each week at 11:59pm EST (unless otherwise arranged with Ms. Noah). There will be some collaborative benchmark assignments due on other days, but that is not the norm, and will be announced in advance.

Course format: A detailed syllabus will be posted at the start of each unit with all assignments. Most units will last from 2-3 weeks.  Each syllabus includes essential questions and hyperlinked vocabulary lists for each unit as well as links to review test questions. All units include some combination of: primary source work, threaded discussion, Do-Nows, collaborative activities, AP Skills work as well as online lectures and of course, an assessment. Ms. Noah will also be offering occasional optional online review sessions, which will be archived for those who cannot attend live. 

Each unit of study will start with a brief slidecast that is intended to be an anticipatory device for the topic. Ms. Noah previews important elements that students should focus upon, and connects the topic to other units of the course. Click here for an example of this type of 'Intro' slidecast.

I also include slidecast lectures for many specific lessons in the course. These are intended to supplement reading assignments for better comprehension as well as to encourage critical thinking. An example of this type of slidecast can be found here. I am currently in the process of creating more online lectures for the 2020-2021 school year and looking into different online methods for new content, such as Nearpod, EdPuzzle and PearDeck.

As mentioned, I focus a great deal on the skills needed for success on the AP Exam. I use a variety of techniques to do this including some collaborative work with different elements of the AP exam as well as specific skills on the writing rubrics. I also distribute a very specific breakdown on how to approach the components of exam, provide video lessons on these components, give comprehensive feedback on all writing by using Google Drive (please email me for a sample of this) and I also have archived roundtable discussion with other AP Readers, so students can hear first hand on how they will be evaluated. As mentioned in my bio, I have scored the DBQ, LEQ and SAQ. I will be scoring the SAQ online in June 2020.

Aside from primary source work, online lectures, AP skills work and Readings, AP European History will also have some really fun projects. Depending on the size of the class, these activities may include:

Reminder: This course is taught asynchronously, so the above assignments will be completed depending on their availability/schedule.

One last note about AP Reviews: I've offered AP Review Google Hangouts for the past two years, and while I intend to offer them again in 2020-2021, I have archived these past reviews so that students will have also have access and be able to watch as needed. These reviews are divided up by time period as well as thematically. For example, I have a video review of 'art & literary movements' and another on 'wars, conferences & treaties'. It has also been my practice to create an AP Review plan/schedule for students, tweaking it for each individual student - customized to emphasize any areas that are in need of additional focus/improvement.

Resources: High-speed internet and a reliable computer with an internet browser. No specific software is required, although instructor-student cooperation regarding technical difficulties is expected. The course will be run through the Schoology website, which is free for students. I strongly recommend that students familiarize themselves with the website at the start of the course.

Required Text:

Western Civilization (Since 1300) by Jackson Spielvogel

9th Edition (Updated AP Edition)

ISBN: 978-1-305-27229-3

Recommended Supplementary Texts:

Ms. Noah would be happy to recommend additional review materials if you are interested.

TUITION: $675 as of July 1, 2020. The 'Early Bird' cost for those who register before July 1st is $650. You can also audit the course for a $250 fee.

CLASS SIZE: AP European History will be limited to 30 students, however I do have audit spots available as well for students who are self-directed. This option gives all of the course material to those who audit, but they do not participate in activities, discussions etc nor do they receive grades or feedback on written work. Please indicate your preference on the application form

The 2020-2021 Course APPLICATION is posted below


Meredith Noah, a New Jersey native, has been teaching AP European History since 1999. She received her B.A. in History at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she also became an accredited Social Studies teacher for grades 6-12. Ms. Noah earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in European History from Rutgers University and has 30 additional graduate credits in Educational Technology from Colorado State University. 

Ms. Noah is a very involved participant in the AP community. She has been an AP Reader since 2010, scoring thousands of DBQ essays, Long Essay Questions (LEQs) and Short Answer Questions (SAQs). She will once again be an AP Reader in June 2020, this time scoring SAQs online. With the experience of being trained by the College Board, Ms. Noah has been able to teach the specific skills needed to write well for the exam, which has resulted in consistently strong scores well above the national average, and as recently as 2019, 100% of her students successfully passed the AP exam, with 80% earning 4s and 5s.   Additionally, Ms. Noah is the founder and administrator for the largest secure collaborative community for AP European History teachers online, with over 2,000 active teacher members. She also has led online AP review consortium with other AP Readers for students through Google Hangouts as well as Zoom.

In addition to AP European History, Ms. Noah has taught World Civilizations and American History in the same brick & mortar public school district since the 1998-1999 school year. 

Outside of work, Ms. Noah enjoys traveling {favorite international destinations include Florence, St. Malo (France), Innsbruck (Austria), Copenhagen and Paris}. Looking ahead, she is planning an upcoming school trip to Croatia, Slovenia and northern Italy for the summer of 2021. So far, she has been to the following European countries: Italy, France, the United Kingdom (including England, Wales, Scotland), Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. While Ms. Noah is a great lover of history and European studies, she also loves pop culture, reading, writing, swimming and knitting. Ms. Noah is also a very proud new 'pawrent' to Emmy, a Havanese pup born on 3/16/20.



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