AP United States History 2022-23 Syllabus
Brinkley, Alan (2015). American history: Connecting with the past: New York, New York: McGraw Hill.
Period 1 8:45-9:42 USH
Period 2 9:48-10:45 APUSH
Period 3 10:51-11:51 APUSH
Lunch 11:57-12:27 Office Hours
Period 4 12:33-1:30 Prep
Period 5 1:36-2:33 USH
Period 6 2:39-3:36 USH
Sem1 Q1 10/7
Sem1 Q2 11/18
Sem1 Finals 1/18-20
Sem2 Q1 3/3
Sem2 Q2 4/21
Sem2 Finals 6/11-6/14
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Enrollment Key Class ID
American History Online Textbook Code SWY4-CB9M-A0R2-7OZT-EU97
AP Review Manuals Strongly Recommended
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 Students learn to assess historical documents, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.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. 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 week and is your responsibility to know what is expected and what has been covered during the week. Assignments will be submitted through google classroom or turnitin.com. AP American History is a demanding course with work M-Th. Weekends are often required for getting caught up. Extra Credit assignments are not offered.
Late Work, Revision, and Reassessment Policy
Homework 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. Assignments due in a grading period that has ended will not be accepted in the current grading period. Each student is allowed and opportunity for reassessments on unit exams and must be retaken with a week of the assessment graded and returned and can improve a grade to a 80%. ll homework assignments for the unit must be completed in order to be able to retake an assessment. The semester final exam will not be available for retake. It is up to the student to contact the teacher requesting the retake. All LEQ and DBQ revisions will be allowed within one week of scored and returned essays and can improve a grade to a 80%.
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 55% (stimuli based multiple choice questions), Historical Essays 20% (LEQs and DBQs), Homework 15% (Essential Questions and SAQs), and Projects (10%). Of the total weighted averages, 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. 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.
Students are expected to maintain a physical or digital resource notebook/journal by incorporating in-class lectures/powerpoint and textbook/AP review manual, and key terms covered in this course for midterm and AP review. This will be extremely important to your AP exam preparation in the Spring. A spiral plastic covered multi sectioned notebook is recommended for class lectures.
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. 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.
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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