AP United States History 2019-20 Syllabus
Welcome to AP United States History. I am pleased that you have chosen to accept the challenges of this course. One of its greatest demands will be on your time. Success depends largely on self-discipline and commitment. Expect 4 -6 hours per week outside of class studying and preparing for APUSH, please carefully consider your schedule and priorities this year. The 2020 AP United States History Exam is scheduled the morning of May 8th.
Course Content The course is designed to encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence in the service of creating deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in U.S. history. AP United States History surveys the history of the United States beginning with the colonial period, and ending with the international affairs and domestic changes in the post-1945 period to the present. Topics will be designed thematically around the following periods; pre-Columbian societies, discovery and settlement, colonial America and revolutionary ideology, constitutional theory and development, Jeffersonian through Jacksonian democracy, nineteenth-century reform movements, and Manifest Destiny and the American West. Other areas of focus will include the Civil War and Reconstruction, late 19th century immigration and industrialism, Populism and Progressivism, World War I and the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, 20th century diplomacy, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era through the late 20th century. Themes will include discussions of American diversity, the development of a unique American identity, the evolution of American culture, demographic changes over the course of America?s history, economic trends and transformations, environmental issues, the development of political institutions and the components of citizenship, social reform movements, the role of religion in the making of the United States and its impact in a multicultural society, the history of slavery and its legacies in this hemisphere, and war and diplomacy in the 20th century.
One of my major goals is to guide students through rich, balanced and thought provoking exploration of America's past. Students learn to assess historical documents, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The Advanced Placement course develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The goal of the course is to prepare students to take the AP College Board Exam, which if passed, could earn a year's college credit in United States History. Preparation for this exam will necessitate striking a balance between factual knowledge and critical analysis. Writing skills are extremely important.
Homework Significant amount of reading and lots of writing. Assignments will include supplementary readings, research projects, presentations, oral reports, group discussions, weekly quizzes, objective and essay tests. Students will also be required to view lectures and videos online during the year. Assignments will be evaluated on its clarity, strength of analysis, historical content, presentation of argument, historical method and historiography, validity, and mechanics of English usage. Major assignments will be given in advance, with specific due date's known far enough ahead of due dates to allow students to organize their time schedules and workload. All homework is posted on this website and it is the student's responsibility to know what is expected nightly and what has been covered everyday. If an absence occurs on a day when a class assignment is to be completed during the period, a different assignment may be given to students with an excused absence. Late assignments, though accepted, are penalized.
Late Work Assignments turned in after the due date will be deducted 50% each day late. Homework, if do the day a student is absent, is expected the day the student returns to class. Poor study habits can result in undue stress, emotional duress, poor grades and high level of frustration. AP American History is a demanding course, with homework every night M-Th and quite often weekends are for review and getting caught up.
Grades Work in AP United States History is graded on a point basis. Points are totaled to determine the grade earned for each grading period There are fur weighted categories; (assessments) midterms, historical essays, projects (60%), Quizzes (15%) homework (15%), analytical journal/notebook (10%). Of the total weighted averages, 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. Parents and students may access grades online through PowerSchool. All assignments and other associated AP materials are to be filed in the student's journal or note book. The key to success in this class is your ability to be strategic learners, take good notes from lectures and reading assignments, and do your best to stay engaged. Don't throw anything away. Students wanting to take Political Science their senior year should maintain an average of 90% for each semester.
Citizenship Each student is credited with satisfactory citizenship when he/she enters the class. The grade will be improved or lowered depending on participation, attitude, attendance, and the requirements set forth by UCHS. Please be advised of UCHS's new cell phone policy.
Class Participation Student participation is required. Class criteria will focus on note taking during the lectures, in-class group assignments, and classroom discussions. Consistent attendance is essential. Spring review sessions and study groups crated outside of class during the year are for your benefit and are highly recommended. Times and dates will be announced in advance for the spring AP review sessions. Failure to bring working materials such as assignments, notes and textbook to class; disruptive behavior; working on other subjects during my class will have a negative impact on your grade. Make-up tests are to be taken the week you return and are your responsibility to arrange with me. Being absent on the day before the test does not excuse you from taking the test when scheduled. Extra Credit assignments are not offered.
Student Materials Students are to bring notebook, study guides, outlines, and articles we are working from during the week, on a daily basis. Outside course work in class is unacceptable. Failure adhere to these policies will lower the citizenship grade. Homework, essays, tests are to be either typed or written in ink. Students are required to maintain and effectively organize a resource book of all AP assignments, study guides, notes and review material covered in this course for end of the year review. This will be extremely important to your AP Exam preparation in the Spring.
*2 spiral plastic covered multi sectioned notebooks (one for each semester) are required for class lectures, outlines, and textbook reading assignments.
*Study/Review Groups You are highly encouraged to make small review groups. In these groups, you should analyze the course content and not simply summarize the readings and information. You should also go through discussion questions as well as review your notes in these study groups.
Academic Honesty There is an academic honesty policy at UCHS. Cheating and plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment with no opportunity to make it up; an automatic lowering of the citizenship grade to a "U" for the grading period, a referral to your counselor and a call home. Papers may be submitted to Turnitin.com for reference.
Fall and Spring Term All of the following readings should be completed by the end of the week during which they will be discussed. Each unit also utilizes discussions of and writing about related historiography: how interpretations of events have changed over time, how the issues of one time period have had an impact on the experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how such revelations of the past and continue to shape the way historians see the world today. These discussions are woven throughout the course, but several are explicitly presented below.
Examinations 1st semester 3 unit exams (midterms) prior to the end of each grading period and a comprehensive final at the end of the semester. 2 unit exams (midterms) 2nd semester prior to the end of each grading period and a comprehensive final (semester 1&2 AP format) at the end of the semester and before the AP exam in May.
Once again, let me welcome you to AP United States History. If you have any questions or want to discuss your participation in the course please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available after school by appointment. I am looking forward to a great year and am proud you have taken on this challenge. Character counts. The few, the proud,-APUSH- Uhh... Remember John Brown..John Brown!