Advanced placement european history pendleton county high school

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“I think, therefore I am”

-Rene Descartes


Welcome to a journey through time to discover the history of Europe. This course will begin in the late Middle Ages and will continue through the fall of communism, culminating with the genocide in Rwanda and 20th century environmental concerns.

AP European History is one of the most rigorous courses you will take this year but hopefully it will also be one of the most rewarding. We will discuss the lives of Chaucer, Joan of Arc, Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Elizabeth I, Voltaire, Thomas More, Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Magellan, Columbus, Louis XIV, Newton, Copernicus, Galileo, Napoleon, Locke, Karl Marx, Darwin, Peter the Great, Einstein, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Freud, and Van Gogh just to name a few. By studying these people and others we will survey the intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social and economic history of Europe.
This course will be a lot of work and has a demanding curriculum. I am excited that you have decided to challenge yourself and I look forward to teaching you this year!
Course Description-

This course focuses attention on material that is equivalent to a college-level introductory course. Emphasis will be placed on European history from the 14th century to the present by analyzing and evaluating the political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social and economic history of Europe. Students will be required to complete a large amount of reading on a daily basis in order to gain a better understanding of European history. By registering for this course students are expected to take the AP European History Exam.

Academic Requirement-

This class is designed to provide additional challenge for the student who accepts responsibility for active involvement in their own learning. Students should be willing to demonstrate the necessary task commitment to maintain satisfactory progress (“C” average or better each grading term). Students must maintain satisfactory progress (“C” average or better) for each grading term or will be removed from the course.

The AP European History Exam-

The AP European History Exam is three hours and five minutes in length, consisting of a 55 minute multiple choice section and a 130 minute free response section. The multiple choice section counts for 50% of your total score. The free response section accounts for the other 50% of the exam and consists of one document based question (DBQ) and two free response questions (FRQ).

Section one, the multiple-choice section, consists of 80 questions designed to measure a student’s knowledge of European History from the 14th century to the present. Section two, the free response section, begins with a mandatory 15 minute reading period followed by Part A, in which students are required to answer a document based question (DBQ) in 45 minutes. In Part B, students are asked to answer two thematic questions (FRQ’s) in 70 minutes. Students choose one essay from each of two groups of three essays. Students are advised to spend 5 minutes planning and 30 minutes writing each of their thematic essays.
Preparing and Reviewing for the AP Exam-

To be successful on the AP European History Exam, it’s essential that you prepare and review THROUGHOUT the school year. The exam requires that you have a solid understanding of writing and analysis of content. You must study throughout the school year in order to score high on the exam. We will have after school review session periodically throughout the school year. It is encouraged that you purchase an AP European History REVIEW BOOK online or at a bookstore and use it throughout the school year to prepare for the test.

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY EXAM-Wednesday, MAY 15, 2013 beginning at Noon
Required Text-McKay, A History of Western Society, 8th Edition. Houghton-Mifflin
Required Classroom Materials-

You are required to purchase and bring to class daily:

  • A binder or folder for all class work

  • A notebook for class notes

  • A writing utensil


Discipline will follow school policy as stated in the student handbook

Proper Classroom Behavior-

There is to be NO food or drink, tobacco products, profanity or sleeping during class time. Stay in your seats. There is to be NO talking while someone else has the floor. You’ll have your turn.

Classroom Rules and Responsibilities-

  1. You must be in class and seated by the tardy bell. Tardies will result in:

1-2 tardies=Verbal warning

3 or more= detention

  1. Students will be given 2 hall passes each nine weeks (i.e. to be used for restroom, locker or office passes). For each hall pass NOT used 10 bonus points will be added to the student’s total points for the nine weeks.

  1. Regular class attendance is critical since projects/quizzes/tests will be based on class notes/discussions, not always textbook material.

  1. All assignments are to be turned in on time. NO late work will be accepted. If you have an excused absence, work is due the day you return to class.

  1. An unexcused absence will result in a zero for the missed assignments. Even Unit Tests!

  1. Cheating/plagerism will NOT be tolerated and will result in the enforcement of school policy.


    1. DAILY GRADES (20 Points)




Study Guides


Current Events


Tests will vary. Some will be multiple choice tests while others will be short answer, matching, fill in the blank and open response. Other tests will consist only of FRQ’s.

    1. PROJECTS (100 Points)

During each unit, students will complete one project, which may be individually or group assigned. This may include PowerPoint presentations, book reviews, etc.


150 Points possible each nine weeks


Sections should be divided according to the following titles:



Study Guides

Unit Tests


    1. FRQ’s/DBQ’s (100 Points)

Students will also complete at least one FRQ and DBQ per unit to help prepare for the Exam


Students will take a semester exam in December and a final exam in May. Both will be comprehensive.

Grading Scale-

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 0-59
Required Reading-

  • Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (1st Quarter)

  • Machiavelli, The Prince, (excerpts) (2nd Quarter)

  • Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (3rd Quarter)

  • Wiesenthal, The Sunflower (4th Quarter)

Tentative Schedule of Units/Readings, including Video List-
Unit I: Were the Dark Ages Really Dark? The Late Middle Ages

Day 1:Go over syllabus, note book scoring guide, textbooks and seating chart

Play ABC Game to Brainstorm European History components

Chapter 12, The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages Reading Quiz and DBQ questions Due Today…NO EXCEPTIONS! FAILURE TO TURN IN SUMMER ASSIGMENTS MEANS REMOVAL FROM THE COURSE….
Day 2:

Brainstorm the Middle Ages and categorize terms, view pictures

Define characteristics of a culture

Participate in M&M Activity to simulate Medieval Feudalism

Discuss Canterbury Tales assignment: Due Day 14
Day 3: Bellringer: Candy Review

Complete map of Medieval Europe

Watch 15 minute jousting clip from A Knight’s Tale (PG) and discuss its accuracy and anachronisms

Day 4: Bellringer-Sample AP Multiple Choice Questions/Discussion

Watch 20 minute opening scene of Braveheart ® to understand culture/social class system of Medieval Europe

Outline political/diplomatic, social/economic and intellectual/religious

themes of Chapter 12

Day 5: Bellringer-People of the Medieval Period

Listen to “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys

Reading on The Black Death( “Rats” ), Questions and video clip
Day 6: Notes on Medieval Tournaments, Crime and Punishment

Watch The Europeans: The Middle Ages (20 min. Documentary) and complete a study guide
Day 7: Discuss the Crusades

Watch Islam 101 (Oprah Special) (45 min.) and tie to the Crusades and misconceptions about the Islamic religion
Day 8: Students will go over format of the AP Test

How to write a DBQ

Shoe Activity

Day 9: Receive Documents for DBQ

DBQ Learning Stations

H/W: Study for DBQ next class
Day10: Take in-class DBQ (45 minutes, timed)

Day 11: Begin watching Robin Hood (PG-13) and begin Historical Movie

Day 12: Finish watching Robin Hood (PG-13) and complete Historical

Movie Analysis
Day 13: Review for Unit 1 Common Assessment
Day 14: Unit 1 Common Assessment

Canterbury Tales book review due

H/W: Read Chapter 13, European Society in the Age of the

Renaissance, for reading quiz next class

Unit II: “Re-Birth”: The Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Reformation

Day 1: Reading Quiz over Chapter 13

Listen to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, discuss

lyrics and tie to changes of the Renaissance

Watch The Europeans: Renaissance, Reformation and Beyond (20

min. Documentary) and complete study guide

H/W: Reformation Worksheet
Day 2: Go over homework

Chart political/diplomatic, social/economic, intellectual, religious

aspects of Chapter 13

Complete packet on The Elizabethan Era

H/W: AP Terms
Day 3: Collect Terms

Go to library to begin work on Renaissance Powerpoint Project
Day 4: Go to library to finish Powerpoint Presentations

H/W: Powerpoint Presentations next class
Day 5: Renaissance, Exploration and Reformation Presentations
Day 6: Watch “Renaissance: Scientists” (30 min. documentary) and take

active notes and discuss
Day 7: Bellringer-Sample AP Multiple Choice Questions

Discuss Machiavelli’s The Prince

Watch “Renaissance: Prince” (30 min. documentary) and discuss

H/W: Read excerpts from The Prince and answer questions
Day 8: Go over homework

Take interactive notes over Chapter 14, Reform and Renewal in the

Christian Church

H/W: Reading quiz over Chapter 14 next class
Day 9: Reading quiz over Chapter 14

Go over homework

Begin watching Ever After (PG) and begin critical viewing assignment
Day 10: Finish Ever After and complete critical viewing assignment

Review for Common Assessment over Renaissance, Exploration and


H/W: Study for Assessment
Day 11: Common Assessment over the Renaissance, Exploration and


H/W: Read Chapter 15, The Age of Religious Wars and Overseas

Expansion, for reading quiz next class
Unit III: Absolutism and Enlightenment

Day 1: Go over graded tests

Take reading quiz over Chapter 15

Discuss aspects of Absolutism by looking at pictures and answering higher order thinking questions with each

Day 2: Participate in learning stations on Absolutism

H/W: Read Chapter 16, Absolutism and Constitutionalism in

Western Europe, for reading quiz next class
Day 3: Take reading quiz on Chapter 16

Complete interactive notes on Enlightenment Powerpoint Presentation

Day 4: Watch “Age of Enlightenment” Documentary (50 min.) and discuss
Day 5: Take interactive notes over Chapter 18, Toward a New View
Day 5: Bellringer: Complete sample AP Multiple Choice Questions

Play CPS review game to review for multiple choice and FRQ test over the Enlightenment

H/W: Study for MC/FRQ Absolutism/Enlightenment Test
Day 6: Take Absolutism/Enlightenment Test
Unit IV: Economic and Societal Changes in the 18th Century

Day 1: Lecture/Interactive outline of Chapter 19, The Expansion of Europe

in the 18th Century

H/W: Read Chapter 20, The Changing Life of the People for reading

quiz next class

Day 2: Reading Quiz over Chapter 20

Analyze related pictures/political cartoons for the time period

H/W: Study for MC Test next class
Day 3: Multiple Choice Test
Unit V: The Age of Revolution

Day 1: Bellringer: Listen to the Beatles’ “Revolution” and discuss lyrics and

why people revolt and tie to Age of Revolution

Take interactive notes on the English Civil War and discuss
Day 2: Complete outline of the American Revolution and discuss

H/W: Create a flyer promoting colonists to revolt against the British
Day 3: Bellringer: Complete sample AP MC questions

Share flyers

Look at political cartoons depicting pre-revolution French society and


Discuss the estates in France and look at pictures of the Palace of Versailles

H/W: Read Chapter 21, The Revolution in Politics (1775-1815) for a

reading quiz next class
Day 4: Take reading quiz over Chapter 21

Take interactive notes during a PowerPoint presentation over the French Revolution

Day 5: Watch History Channel Biography on Napoleon (50 min.) and

complete study guide

H/W: Study for DBQ next class
Day 6: Take DBQ and discuss
Day 7: Participate in learning stations over The Industrial Revolution
Day 8: Bellringer: Complete sample AP MC questions

Complete a chart on the Turn of the Century advancements: Chapters 23, Ideologies and Upheavals, and Chapter 24, Life in the Emerging Urban society

Take interactive notes on Chapter 22, The Revolution in Energy and

Day 9: Go to library to complete a Webquest on Inventions/Inventors

H/W: Create an advertisement suitable for one of the inventions presented

in the Webquest. Due next class
Day 10: Present projects

Look at pictures over pre-revolution Russia/czars, etc.

Complete interactive outline on the Russian Revolution
Day 11: Watch UnitedStreaming video clip on Russian Revolution (15 mins)

Review for open response and FRQ next class

Day 12: Take FRQ over revolutions

Discuss forms of governments: pros and cons of each

Take open response for semester exam

H/W: Semester Exam next class and folders due for the nine weeks
Day 13: Semester Exam

Grade Folders

Students will receive All Quiet on the Western Front novels,

Chapters 1-6 will need to be read by Day 9 of Unit V for a reading

comprehension quiz. The second half reading will be due on Day I

of Unit VI.
Unit V: Imperialism and The Great War

Day 1: Students will create their own country, determine a location of it, design a

national flag, discuss reasons for the chosen location, etc.

Discuss what might happen if countries want to control the same areas

Complete word search/terms on imperialism

Complete map on imperialism

H/W: Read Chapter 26, The West and the World, for reading quiz next class
Day 2: Take Reading Quiz over Chapter 26

Complete reading packet on Saddam Hussein and tie to imperialism

H/W: Complete outline on imperialism
Day 3: Bellringer: Mapwork

Go over homework

Participate in Imperialism Powerpoint and take interactive notes

H/W: Bring in political cartoon for next class
Day 4: Complete Spanish-American War reading and questions

Share homework: political cartoons and discuss the aspects/components of a

good political cartoon

H/W: Create an imperialism political cartoon for next class and study for a

Quiz over imperialism next class
Day 5: Share political cartoons

Take quiz over imperialism

Brainstorm World War I, The Great War, and discuss
Day 6: Discuss the causes of World War I

Watch video clip on outbreak of WWI/Q’s

Complete map of WWI alliances/countries

H/W: Read Chapter 27, The Great Break: War and Revolution, for reading

quiz next class.
Day 7: Take reading quiz

Take World War I notes

Legends of the Fall video clip (20 minutes)

Day 8: Go to library to complete World War I Webquest
Day 9: Take comprehension quiz over Chapters 1-6 of All Quiet on the Western


Complete sample AP MC questions

Take/discuss notes on the end of World War I

H/W: Weimar Republic research questions
Day 10: Students will participate in World War I learning stations (Weimar

Republic information will be included in this)

H/W: Study for FRQ’s over imperialism and WWI next class
Day 11: Take FRQ’s
Day 12: Begin watching All Quiet on the Western Front (G) and complete critical

viewing assignment
Day 13: Finish All Quiet on the Western Front and complete critical viewing

Day 14: Unit test over Imperialism and World War I

H/W: Reading quiz over last half of All Quiet on the Western Front
Unit VI: “Over There”: Between the Wars, World War II and the Holocaust

Day 1: Take reading quiz over last half of All Quiet on the Western Front

Complete 1920’s Powerpoint interactive notes/discussion

Watch “Boom and Bust” video/Q’s (20 minutes)

Complete fascism packet

H/W: Complete comparison chart on 20th century dictators
Day 2: Go over homework

Watch “Between the Wars” video/Q’s (20 minutes)

Complete packet on events leading up to World War II

H/W: Read Chapter 28, The Age of Anxiety, for reading quiz next class
Day 3: Reading quiz over Chapter 28

Watch “Hitler’s Germany” video/Q’s (15 minutes)

Notes on outbreak of World War II

Look at WWII political cartoons

H/W: Study for DBQ next class
Day 4: DBQ

H/W: Receive The Sunflower and accompanying project. Due date: To Be Determined

Day 5: “Lessons of the Holocaust” Video/Q’s (15 minutes)

Watch “Return to Auschwitz” Video/Q’s (15 minutes)

Analyze Holocaust pictures
Day 6: “Dr. Mengele, The Angel of Death” Video/Q’s (45 minutes)

Belsen concentration camp liberation
Day 7: Discuss the life of Gerda Weisman Klein

“One Survivor Remembers” Video clips

H/W: Battles and Generals of WWII
Day 8: “Pearl Harbor” Video Clip (45 minutes) and discussion

Go over H/W: Battles and Generals of WWII

H/W: Read Chapter 29, Dictators and the Second World War for reading

quiz next class
Day 9: Reading quiz over Chapter 29

“Minorities and WWII” Video Clip (15 minutes) and discussion

Related WWII pictures/discussion

“Cartoons Go to War” Video Clip (15 minutes) and discuss use of

propaganda during WWII

H/W: Create propaganda poster suitable for WWII: Due Day 11
Day 10: Interactive notes on why the Axis powers lost WWII

“Hiroshima” Video clip (10 minutes) and discuss controversies of dropping

the atomic bomb

Discuss Nuremburg Trials

Packet on development of the Cold War, read and discuss

H/W: Propaganda posters due next class and study for WWII and

Holocaust Unit Test next class
UNIT VII: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”: The Cold War and Environmental Concerns

Day 1: Cold War Outline

CATS review questions
Day 2: Complete sample AP MC Section to prepare for AP exam and discuss

H/W: Study for DBQ next class
Day 3: DBQ
Day 4: CATS Testing
Day 5: Complete sample AP MC Section to prepare for AP exam and discuss

H/W: Read Chapter 30, Cold War Conflicts and Social Transformations

1945-1985) for reading quiz next class
Day 6: Reading quiz over Chapter 30

Go to library for Websearch on Cold War and related European History


H/W: Study for FRQ’s next class
Day 7: FRQ’s

Discuss library Websearch from last class

H/W: Study for DBQ next class
Day 8: DBQ
Day 9: “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel

Research/discuss lyrics
Day 10: Review for AP Exam
Day 11: Review for AP Exam
Day 12: AP Exam (12:00-4:00) Location Falmouth School Center. Private transportation home from school will be needed today.
Day 13: Hotel Rwanda (PG-13)and Critical Viewing Assignment
Day 14: Hotel Rwanda (PG-13) and Critical Viewing Assignment
Day 15: Hotel Rwanda (PG-13) and Critical Viewing Assignment

Discuss creation of Israel and conflicts today

H/W: Read Chapter 31, Revolution, Rebuilding, and New Challenges:

1985-Present) for reading quiz next class
Day 16: Reading Quiz over Chapter 31

Global Warming packet/Q’s/discussion

Start an Inconvenient Truth and Critical Viewing Assignment
Day 17: Finish Inconvenient Truth and Critical Viewing Assignment
Day 18: Final Exam

Have a Great Summer!!!!




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