Self Guided Tour:  Strayer, Ways of the World, 4e

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BFW Self-Guided Course Tours are designed with your schedule in mind - they're on-demand, self-paced, and provide you with everything you need to know to get started using BFW materials successfully in your classroom.

Each course contains short videos that review the AP Exam (where applicable), the student edition, and teacher resources. The videos are brief, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program.

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The ideal textbook for the AP World History classroom, Ways of the World focuses on significant historical trends, themes, and developments in world history while building AP skills. Authors Robert Strayer and Eric Nelson provide a thoughtful and insightful commentary that helps students see the big picture while modeling historical thinking. This edition is even more focused on the needs of AP students, with AP Skills Workshops, a DBQ-aligned Working with Evidence feature, and more opportunities to hone AP skills and practice for the exam.



  • Thematic, comparative, and truly global. Brief by design, Ways of the World avoids the overwhelming details and instead emphasizes major developments, modeling the kind of historical thinking that is at the core of the AP course. Broad themes include global commerce, the emergence of major religious traditions, industrialization, the rise and fall of totalitarian systems, technological innovations, and human impact on the environment. Part-opening essays set the stage for the chapters that follow and encourage students to make connections among the world's cultures.
  • NEW! AP Skills Workshops. From sourcing a primary document to developing a continuity and change argument, these fifteen AP Skills Workshops introduce and develop essential AP skills in-context. Each workshop includes a practical explanation, models from real historians, insider info on how the skill will be tested on the exam, and scaffolded practice exercises to build the skill. Workshops include:
  • Claims
  • Evidence
  • Comparison
  • Contextualization
  • Causation
  • Continuity and Change
  • Short-Answer Questions
  • Primary Sources – Sourcing
  • Primary Sources – Content
  • Secondary Sources
  • Writing a Historical Argument
  • Writing a Comparative Argument
  • Writing a Continuity and Change Argument
  • Writing a Causation Argument
  • Quantitative Data


  • UPDATED! Integrated AP Skills Questions. For steady practice of AP skills throughout the course and in context, this edition has a wealth of marginal AP skills questions in every chapter, including questions on causation, comparison, continuity and change, contextualization, analyzing evidence, and argument development. In addition, in order to support the analysis of visual evidence such as art, maps, and displays of data, every image in the book is accompanied by an analytical AP skills-based question.
  • EXPANDED! More AP Exam Practice. For this edition of Ways of the World, we have included AP exam practice after every chapter and part, including multiple-choice and short-answer questions following every chapter, and long-essay and document-based questions after every part.
  • NEW! DBQ-Aligned Working with Evidence Feature. For this edition, we worked with an expert in the AP course to align the Working with Evidence feature closely to the skills needed on the DBQ. Textual and visual sources are now blended in each section, to more closely resemble the types of evidence provided on the DBQ. To aid young readers, longer text sources have been broken into shorter sections, and are followed by questions to build understanding. In addition, AP Analyzing Historical Evidence questions follow each source, giving students practice in the type of analysis found on the DBQ. Finally, every section ends with an AP Using Sources to Develop an Argument prompt that simulates the task on the DBQ.
  • NEW! Practice in Analyzing Secondary Sources. The Historians' Voices feature in every chapter gives students consistent practice working with analyzing secondary sources. This feature includes two paired voices, usually with different viewpoints on an issue, along with questions to help guide student analysis.
  • Improved Chapter Review.  The Chapter Review at the end of each chapter’s narrative has been revised with the AP course and student in mind. The Key Terms list helps students review, while the Big Picture questions encourage understanding and exploration of the chapter material. A NEW! Making Connections question this edition asks students to apply historical thinking skills across chapters.
  • NEW! Digging Deeper boxes help bring the book into even closer alignment with the AP course by adding brief discussions of course concepts related to the book’s narrative. 
  • Snapshot boxes offer visual displays of information on a theme, region, or time period. These features often include quantitative data for practice analyzing that challenging form of evidence.
  • Modeling Real Historical Arguments. Two features in this edition aim to give students a glimpse behind the curtain and into the conversations on-going in the field of history. At the end of each chapter, a short Reflections section raises provocative, thought-provoking questions about the role of the historian in shaping the human story. NEW!Controversies essays highlight debates about key historical issues: the beginnings of history, the origins of major religious traditions, the nature of empires, the idea of the Atlantic World, the Industrial Revolution, and the concept of globalization. Through these features, students experience first-hand the process of reading historical evidence and making historical arguments.
  • "Zooming In" features link specific people, places, and events to big themes in world history. One "Zooming In" feature in every chapter calls attention to particular people, places, and events, situating them in a larger global context. Topics include Göbekli Tepe and monumental construction before agriculture, Trung Trac and resistance to the Chinese Empire, gunpowder, the end of the Byzantine Empire, feminism and nationalism in Java, the Cuban Revolution, and many more.