AP United States History 2020-21 Syllabus
Textbook Brinkley, Alan (2015). American history: Connecting with the past: New York, New York: McGraw Hill.
Semester 1 Q1
8/31-10/30 (Q1P1 grading period 10/2)
Period 1 8:50 – 10:04
Period 2 10:13 – 11:27
Period 3 11:36- 12:50
Flex Time 1:38 – 3:29
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Zoom Meeting Requirements Class periods will be Synchronous and in real time. Students are expected to be on time, dressed and ready for class as you would be if you were at school. Be prepared with your notebook and textbook. Please mute yourself upon entry into the classroom and only unmute when you have a question or comment. Students are expected to participate in classroom zoom discussions. If you would like to use a virtual background you may as long as it is appropriate. There will be a component of asynchronous learning incorporated into each lesson. Opportunities to get started on homework, answer SAQ's and Stimuli-based multiple choice questions through AP Classroom. Any inappropriate behavior will lead to a student being dropped from the classroom that day.
Course Content The course is designed to encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence in 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 APUSH 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 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.
Homework APUSH requires a significant amount of reading and lots of writing. Assignments will include evening reading assignments from your textbook, note taking, supplementary readings, stimuli based multiple choice questions, SAQ's, Long Essays and DBQ's. Students will also be required to view lectures and videos online during the year. Long Essays and DBQ's assignments will be evaluated based on the college board APUSH rubric. SAQ's will be evaluated based on clarity, strength of analysis, historical contextualization, presentation of argument, outside evidence and validity. All homework is posted on this website and pushed out through Google classroom. The APUSH schedule is updated every afternoon. It is the student's responsibility to know what is expected 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. Assignments will be submitted through google classroom or turnitin.com. AP American History is a demanding course, with homework every day M-F. Weekends are often required for review and getting caught up. Extra Credit assignments are not offered.
Quarter 3 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 four weighted categories; Assessments 35% (stimuli based multiple choice questions), Historical Essays 25% (LEQs and DBQs) , Homework 30% (Essential Questions and SAQs), Participation 10% (see participation requirements below). 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.
Class Participation Requirement Student participation is required. Each student is required to ask a question, comment and share insight, or respond to a question either from myself or another student once a week. This can be accomplished either in a zoom class meeting or during flex time office hours. There will be no make up if you chose not to engage during the week. 1 point will be earned each week over a 9 week course which will represent 10% of your quarter grade. Students are required to raise their hand in zoom to comment. Consistent attendance is essential. Student study groups crated outside of class during the year are for your benefit and are highly recommended. In these groups you should analyze and discuss the course content and not simply summarize the readings and information. You should also go through essential questions and key terms as well as review your notes from lecture and the textbook.
Student Materials Students are to be prepared daily for class with a notebook, study guides, and or outlines we will be working through during the week. Students are expected to maintain and effectively organize a resource book incorporating class and textbook notes, study guides, key terms 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. A spiral plastic covered multi sectioned notebook is required for class, lectures, outlines, textbook reading and note taking assignments.
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 will be submitted to Turnitin.com for reference.
Fall and Spring Term All of the readings should be completed by the end of each week during which they will be discussed. Each unit also utilizes essential questions 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. Assessments are to be taken when scheduled. Being absent on the day before an assessment does not excuse you from taking the test when scheduled.
Flex Time Office Hours Office hours by appointment only M-F. Independent consultation, small group discussions, guidance and directions on assignments I am available. Students are required to email me by 6pm the evening before to schedule a time the following day. There may be days when I have staff or department meetings and am unavailable.
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 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!