AP United States History 2021-22 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. The APUSH curriculum is broken down into 9 periods. Semester 1 we will cover periods 1-6 (1491-1890), Semester 2 we will cover periods 7-9 (1890 - to the present).  Online review modules have been created on my website to help you review throughout the year. Success depends largely on maturity, self-discipline and commitment. Currently the 2022 AP United States History Exam is scheduled the morning of May 6th. 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 talk to 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!        


Brinkley, Alan (2015). American history: Connecting with the past: New York, New York: McGraw Hill.

Bell Schedule

Period 1 8:45-9:42       AP

Period 2 9:48-10:45     PREP

Period 3 10:51-11:48   HR

Period 4 11:54-12:54   HR

Lunch    1:00-1:30       OFFICE HOURS

Period 5 1:36-2:33       AP

Period 6 2:39-3:36       AP

Late Start Wednesday Schedule

Period 1 9:54-10:40     AP

Period 2 10:46-11:32   PREP

Period 3 11:38-12:24   HR

Period 4 12:30-1:16     HR

Lunch    1:22-1:52       OFFICE HOURS

Period 5 1:58-2:44       AP

Period 6 2:50-3:36       AP

Grading Periods

Sem1 Q1        10/8

Sem1 Q2        11/19

Sem1 Finals   1/19-21

Sem2 Q1         3/4

Sem2 Q2         4/22

Sem2 Finals    6/10-6/14

Google Classroom Codes

Period 1 APUSH     

Period 5 APUSH     

Period 6 APUSH     

MyAP Classroom Codes




Remind App Access Code


Enrollment Key      Class ID

APUSH1                  31277915

APUSH5                  31277985

APUSH6                  31278007

American History Online Textbook Codes

American History period 1

American History period 5
American History period 6

AP Review Manuals 

Princeton Review

Kaplan Review


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. 


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.

Late Work, Revision, and Reassessment Policy

Home work assignments are due Sunday evening. There is a 5 day grace period for assignments, however the expectation is that this policy is not to be abused and only needed in extenuating circumstances. The drop dead date for assignments is the following Friday and any assignments turned in after this will be penalized 50%. All assignments need to be submitted the week prior to the end of each grading period to receive partial credit. LEQ and DBQ revisions will be allowed within one week of a scored and returned essay and can only improve a grade to an 75%. Reassessments on midterm exams will be allowed within one week of a returned exam and can only improve a grade to a 75%.


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 50% (stimuli based multiple choice questions), Historical Essays 20% (LEQs and DBQs), Homework 20% (Essential Questions and SAQs), and Projects (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. 

Class Participation Requirement 

Student participation is strongly encouraged. Each student is expected to ask questions, comment and share insights, or respond to a question either from myself or another student. 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 and 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.

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment M-F. Independent consultation, small group discussions, guidance and directions on assignments, I am available during my prep period and at lunch. 

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