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UNIT I: DISCOVERY, AMERICAN & THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Week 1

American Pageant, Chapter 1, New World Beginnings, 33,000 B.C. – A.D. 1769

Complete notes and take quiz by Friday

NOTE: All chapter quizzes are modeled upon released AP multiple choice exam questions.

Key Topics:

  • Pre-Columbian Societies -- Early inhabitants of the Americas

  • American Indian empires in Mesoamerica, the Southwest, and the Mississippi Valley

  • American Indian cultures of North America at the time of European contact

  • First European contacts with Native Americans

  • Transatlantic Encounters and Colonial Beginnings, 1492-1690 – First European contacts with Native Americans

  • Resistance to colonial authority: the Pueblo Revolt Case Study Theme(s): Environment

Globalization

American Diversity
Week 2

American Pageant, Chapter 2, The Planting of English America, 1500-1733

Complete notes and take quiz Ch 1 / 2 Essay Exercise (How to write a thesis and topic sentence)

Slavery” – Introduce “Video viewing exercise” format/strategy. Adapt video notes to match topic outline headings and practice answering a released AP open-ended exam question

Key Topics:

  • Transatlantic Encounters and Colonial Beginnings, 1492-1690

  • First European contacts with Native Americans

  • Spain’s empire in North America

  • French colonization of Canada

  • English settlement of New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the South

  • From servitude to slavery in the Chesapeake region

  • Religious diversity in the American colonies

  • Resistance to colonial authority:

  • Bacon’s Rebellion, the Glorious Revolution Case Study Theme(s): Economic Transformation

American Identity

Note taking: Introduce 5 W’s note taking methods and declarative statements.
Week 3

American Pageant, Chapter 3, Settling the Northern Colonies, 1619-1700

Chapter 4, American Life in the Seventeenth Century 1607-1692

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Colonial North America, 1690-1754

  • Population growth and immigration

  • Transatlantic trade and the growth of seaports (triangular trade, mercantilism) and political relations (salutary neglect)

  • The eighteenth-century back country

  • Growth of plantation economies and slave societies

  • The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening

  • Colonial governments and imperial policy in British North America Case Study Theme(s):

Slavery

American Identity

Culture

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Salem Witchcraft Trials Simulation

Topics Reader Quiz and “AP-PARTS” document analysis exercise

Salem Witch Trials Role-play Trial Paper

Multiple choice and essay: Compare and contrast the North, Middle and Southern coloniessocial, politically and economically.
UNIT II: COLONIAL SOCIETY

Week 4

American Pageant, Chapter 5, Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution, 1700-1775

Complete notes and take quiz

Chesapeake/New England” released AP DBQ Exercise (Practice use of AP-PARTS analysis technique)

Key Topics:

  • Colonial North America, 1690-1754

  • Population growth and immigration

  • Transatlantic trade and the growth of seaports

  • The eighteenth-century back country

  • Growth of plantation economies and slave societies

  • The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening

  • Colonial governments and imperial policy in British North America Case Study Theme(s):

American Identity

Diversity

Culture

Demography

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Colonial Essay Exercise (Practice writing theses and topic sentences)

5w’s statements transform to Thesis statements
UNIT III: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

Week 5

American Pageant, Chapter 6, The Duel for North America, 1608-1763

Chapter 7, The Road to Revolution 1763-1775

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • French colonization of Canada

  • The American Revolutionary Era, 1754-1789

  • The French and Indian War

  • The Imperial Crisis Case Study Theme(s):

War and Diplomacy

Globalization

Politics and Citizenship

Economic Transformation
Week 6

American Pageant, Chapter 8, America Secedes from the Empire 1775-1783

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • The American Revolutionary Era, 1754-1789

  • (aftermath of) The French and Indian War

  • The Imperial Crisis and resistance to Britain

  • The War for Independence; State constitutions and the Articles of Confederation

  • The federal Constitution Case Study Theme(s):

War and Diplomacy

American Identity

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz on “Crises and Responses” from Enduring Voices (selections / quiz to be determined)

Write DBQ (Follow-up: model rubric use and read sample essays)

Great Revolutionary Role-play” Debate

DBQ Critique (Revisit rubric and sample essays)

Essay: Describe the causes and the results of the French and Indian War. Analyze how it effected the relationship between England and its American colonies.

DBQ: 2004-In what ways did the French and Indian War (1754-63) alter the political, economic, and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies?

Cause and Effect: French & Indian War leads to abandonment of Salutary Neglect
UNIT IV: THE CONSTITUTION

Week 7

American Pageant, Chapter 9, The Confederation and the Constitution 1776-1790

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • (Start) The Early Republic, 1789-1815

  • Washington, Hamilton, and shaping of the national government

  • Emergence of political parties: Federalists and Republicans

  • Republican Motherhood and education for women; Case Study Theme(s): Politics and Citizenship

American Identity Federalism versus state rights-failure of Articles of Confederation-creation of new Constitution-Hamiltonian versus Jeffersonian Philosophy

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Essay (Articles of Confederation topic)

Essay Self-Critique
UNIT V: THE NEW REPUBLIC

Week 8

American Pageant, Chapter 10, Launching the New Ship of State 1789-1800

Complete notes and take quiz

Reader quiz: Enduring Voices (selections / quiz to be determined)

Key Topics:

  • The Early Republic, 1789-1815

  • Washington, Hamilton, and shaping of the national government

  • Emergence of political parties: Federalists and Republicans Case Study Theme(s):

Economic Transformation

Politics and Citizenship

Federalism versus state rights-failure of Articles of Confederation-creation of new Constitution-Hamiltonian versus Jeffersonian Philosophy
Week 9

American Pageant, Chapter 11, Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800-1812

Chapter 12, The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism 1812-1824

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • The Early Republic, 1789-1815

  • Emergence of political parties: Federalists and Republicans

  • Significance of Jefferson’s presidency

  • Expansion into the trans-Appalachian West

  • American Indian Resistance; Growth of slavery and free Black communities

  • The War of 1812 and its consequences

  • Economic Transformations as result of 1812 Case Study Theme(s): Politics and Citizenship

War and Diplomacy

American Identity

Slavery

Economics

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Hamilton-Jefferson Role-play Mini-Debate and quiz

Practice AP U.S. MC Ch 1-10 (Exercise using released AP U.S. exam items)

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)

1st of 2 AP Essay (Model successful plan of answer strategies and use of topic outline headings)
UNIT VI: THE AGE OF JACKSON

Week 10

American Pageant, Chapter 13, The Rise of a Mass Democracy 1824-1840

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • The Transformation of Politics in Antebellum America

  • Emergence of the second party system

  • Federal authority and its opponents: judicial federalism, the Bank War, tariff controversy, and states’ rights debates

  • Jacksonian democracy and its successes and limitations

  • Forced removal of American Indians to the trans-Mississippi West Case Study Theme(s):

Rise of Mass Democracy

Politics and Citizenship

Economic Transformation

American Diversity

Economic Transformations as result of 1812
Week 11

American Pageant, Chapter 14, Forging the National Economy 1790-1860

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Transformation of the Economy and Society in Antebellum America

  • The transportation revolution and creation of a national market economy

  • Beginnings of industrialization and changes in social and class structures

Case Study Theme(s):

Economic Transformations

Demographic Changes

American Diversity

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)

2nd of 2 DBQ 2002B

2nd of 2 Essay

Self-Critique (Debrief successful essay / DBQ writing styles; practice use of scoring rubrics)

ESSAY: Andrew Jackson is referred to as the president of the “common man”. Assess this statement using examples to support your thesis.
UNIT VII: CREATING AN AMERICAN CULTURE

Week 12

American Pageant, Chapter 15, The Ferment of Reform and Culture 1790-1860

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Beginnings of the Second Great Awakening

  • Religion, Reform, and Renaissance in Antebellum America

  • Evangelical Protestant revivalism

  • Social reforms

  • ideals of domesticity

  • Transcendentalism and utopian communities

  • American Renaissance: literary and artistic expressions Case Study Theme(s):

Reform

Politics and Citizenship

Religion

Culture

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

DBQ Test 1st of 2

Analyze “Cultural nationalism” using artworks, literary excerpts and music of the period; model use of varied primary sources DBQ: (2002) Reform movements in the United States sought to expand democratic Ideals.”

Assess this validity of this statement with specific references to Years 1825-1850.
UNIT VIII: SECTIONALISM

Week 13

American Pageant, Chapter 16, The South and the Slavery Controversy 1793-1860

Complete notes and take quiz

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)

Key Topics:

  • Growth of slavery and free Black communities

  • Planters, yeoman farmers, and slaves in the cotton South

  • Social reforms (abolitionism)

  • (introduce) Pro- and antislavery arguments and conflicts Case Study Theme(s):

Slavery and its Legacies

American Diversity
Week 14

American Pageant, Chapter 17, Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 1841-1848 &

Chapter 18, Renewing the Sectional Struggle 1848-1854

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • Territorial Expansions and Manifest Destiny

  • Western migration and cultural interactions

  • Territorial acquisitions

  • Early U.S. imperialism: the Mexican War

  • The Crisis of the Union

  • Pro-and antislavery arguments and conflicts

  • Compromise of 1850 and popular sovereignty

  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the emergence of the Republican Party Case Study Theme(s):

War and Diplomacy

Globalization

American Identity

Politics and Citizenship

Slavery and its Legacies

Link between new territories and inability to compromise over extension of slavery

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Slavery Mini-debate primary sources Quiz

Slavery topic Essay (1st of 2)

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)
UNIT IX: THE NATION BREAKS APART

Week 15

American Pageant, Chapter 19, Drifting Toward Disunion 1854-1861

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • The Crisis of the Union

  • Pro-and antislavery arguments and conflicts

  • The Kansas- Nebraska Act and the emergence of the Republican Party; Abraham Lincoln, the election of 1860, and secession Case Study Theme(s):

Politics and Citizenship

American Identity

Slavery and its Legacies

Polarizing events and their effect
Week 16

American Pageant, Chapter 20, Girding for War: The North and the South 1861-1865

Chapter 21, The Furnace of Civil War 1861-1865

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Civil War

  • Two societies at war: mobilization, resources, and internal dissent

  • Military strategies and foreign diplomacy

  • Emancipation and the role of African Americans in the war

  • Social, political and economic effects of war in the North, South, and West Case Study Theme(s):

War and Diplomacy

Politics and Citizenship

Slavery and its Legacies

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)

2nd of 2 Essay

Practice AP U.S. MC with released exam questions Ch 11-20

Optional: DBQ skill-builder practical exercise

DBQ-Westward expansion

Project: Make a timeline using relevant information showing the involvement of the Federal Government on the issue of slavery.

DBQ: (1987) “By the 1850’s the Constitution, originally framed as an instrument of National unity, has become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately Contributed to the failure of the union it had created. Assess the validity of this statement.
UNIT X: RECONSTRUCTION

Week 17

American Pageant, Chapter 22, The Ordeal of Reconstruction 1865-1877

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Social, political and economic effects of war in the North, South, and West; Reconstruction

  • Presidential and Radical Reconstruction

  • Southern state governments: aspirations, achievements, failures

  • Role of African Americans in politics, education and the economy; Compromise of 1877

  • Impact of Reconstruction; Case Study Theme(s):

American Diversity

Politics and Citizenship

Reform

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Semester Final: Model full-length AP exam as time allows.
UNIT XI: RECOVERY & GROWTH IN AMERICA: 1865-1900

Semester Two

Week 18

American Pageant, Chapter 23, Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age 1869-1896 &

Chapter 24, Industry Comes of Age 1865-1900

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • National politics and influence of corporate power

  • The Origins of the New South

  • (establish post-bellum / Gilded Age context for related topics) Case Study Theme(s):

Politics and Citizenship

Economic Transformations

American Diversity
Week 19

American Pageant, Chapter 25, America Moves to the City 1865-1900

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • National politics

  • Urban society in the Late Nineteenth Century

  • Urbanization and the lure of the city

  • City problems and machine politics

  • Intellectual and cultural movements and popular entertainment

  • Origins of Progressive reform: municipal, state, and national Case Study Theme(s):

Culture

Environment

American Diversity Primary source: Thomas Nast’s Political Cartoons Analysis and evaluation

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)

President’s Commission on the Problems of the Gilded Age Role-play Preparation Paper
UNIT XII: THE AMERICAN WEST

Week 20

American Pageant, Chapter 26 The Great west and the Agricultural Revolution 1865-1896

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Development of the West in the Late Nineteenth Century

  • Expansion and development of western railroads

  • Competitors for the West: miners, ranchers, homesteaders, and American Indians

  • Government policy toward American Indians

  • Gender, race, and ethnicity in the far West

  • Environment impacts of western settlement

  • Populism

  • Agrarian discontent and political issues of the late nineteenth century

Case Study Theme(s):

Environment

Demographic Changes

Reform
UNIT XIII: AMERICAN IMPERIALISM

Week 21

American Pageant, Chapter 27 The Path of Empire 1890-1899 &

Chapter 28 America on the World Stage 1899-1909

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • National politics

  • The Emergence of America as a World Power

  • American imperialism: political and economic expansion

  • Case Study Theme(s):

Globalization

War and Diplomacy Essay-Free Response: Compare & Contrast Manifest Destiny and Imperialism

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

2nd of 2 “The West” DBQ

Reader quiz: The American Spirit (selections / quiz to be determined)

2nd of 2 Essay

ESSAY: Select one of the following: Railroads, laissez faire, “Gilded Age”, Social Darwinism, and populism.
UNIT XIV: PROGRESSIVISM

Week 22

American Pageant, Chapter 29 Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt 1901-1912

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Progressivism

  • Origins of Progressive reform: municipal, state, and national

  • Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson as Progressive presidents

  • Women’s roles: family, workplace, education, politics and reform

  • Black America: urban migration and civil rights initiatives Case Study Theme(s):

Reform

Politics and Citizenship

Environment
UNIT XV: WORLD WAR I AT HOME & ABROAD

Week 23

American Pageant, Chapter 30 Wilsonian progressivism at Home and Abroad 1912-1916 &

Chpater 31 the War to End War 1917-1918

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • Progressivism

  • Wilson as Progressive president

  • Women’s roles: family, workplace, education, politics and reform

  • Black America: urban migration and civil rights initiatives

  • War in Europe and American neutrality

  • The First World War at home and abroad

  • Treaty of Versailles Case Study Theme(s):

Reform

Globalization

War and Diplomacy

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. DuBois Mini-Debate Quiz

Practice AP U.S. MC Ch 21-30

Essay: How was the Treaty of Versailles defeated and why?

Essay: Identify Americas role in WWI and either a political, economic or social affect on the US.

DBQ: (1994) To what extend was late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century

United States expansionism and a continuation of past US expansionism and to what extend was it a departure. Or compare and contrast the expansion of the 1840’s to the expansion of the after the Spanish American War.
UNIT XVI: THE JAZZ AGE

Week 24

American Pageant, Chapter 32 American Life in the roaring twenties 1919-1929 &

Chapter 33 The Politics of Boom and Bust 1920-1932

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • The New Era: 1920’s

  • The business of America and the consumer economy

  • Republican politics: Harding, Coolidge, Hoover

  • The culture of Modernism: science, the arts and entertainment

  • Responses to Modernism: religious fundamentalism, nativism, and Prohibition

  • The ongoing struggle for equality: African Americans and women Case Study Theme(s):

American Diversity

Culture

Religion

Economic Transformations

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Essay: What were the main points of conflict in the “Culture Wars’ of the 1920s? What were the issues? Why was compromise difficult to achieve?
UNIT XVII: DEPRESSION AND THE NEW DEAL

Week 25

American Pageant, Chapter 34 The Great Depression and the New Deal 1933-1939

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • The Great Depression and the New Deal

  • Causes of the Great Depression

  • The Hoover administration’s response

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal

  • Labor and union recognition

  • The New Deal coalition and its critics from the Right and the Left

  • Surviving hard times: American society during the Great Depression Case Study Theme(s):

Economic Transformations

Politics and Citizenship

Demographic Changes

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Hoover/FDR” DBQ Skill-builder Quiz

DBQ (1984) President Franklin D. Roosevelt is commonly thought of as a liberal and President Herbert C. Hoover as a conservative. Assess the validity of this statement. Compare and contrast Herbert Hoover and FDR’s plan for economic recovery During the Great Depression.
UNIT XVIII: THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Week 26

American Pageant, Chapter 35 Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War 1933-1941 &

Chapter 36 America in World War II 1941-1945

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • The Second World War

  • the rise and fascism and militarism in Japan, Italy, and Germany

  • Prelude to war: policy of neutrality

  • The attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States declaration of war

  • Fighting a multifront war

  • Diplomacy, war aims, and wartime conferences

  • The United States as a global power in the Atomic Age

  • The Home Front During the War

  • Wartime mobilization of the economy

  • Urban migration and demographic changes

  • Women, work, and family during the war

  • Civil liberties and civil rights during wartime

  • War and regional development

  • Expansion of government power Case Study Theme(s):

War and Diplomacy

Globalization

Economic Transformations

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz: Various selected articles about Roosevelt and the start of WWII
UNIT XIX: THE COLD WAR

Week 27

American Pageant, Chapter 37 The Cold War Begins 1945-1952

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • The United States and the Early Cold War; Origins of the Cold War

  • Truman and containment

  • The Cold War in Asia: China, Korea, Japan

  • Diplomatic strategies

  • (Origins of) The Red Scare and McCarthyism

  • Impact of the Cold War on American Society Case Study Theme(s):

War and Diplomacy

Economic Transformations

Demographic Changes

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz: Various Selected articles of the Cold War (selections / quiz to be determined)

Essay: Yalta-describe its main tenants-did the Russians get the better of us?
UNIT XX: EISENHOWER & THE 1950’S

Week 28

American Pageant, Chapter 38 The Eisenhower Era 1952-1960

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Eisenhower administration

  • The Red Scare and McCarthyism

  • The 1950s

  • Emergence of the modern civil rights movement

  • The affluent society and “the other America”

  • Consensus and conformity: suburbia and middle- class America

  • Social critics, nonconformists, and cultural rebels, Impact of changes in science, technology, and medicine Ike’s Foreign Policy—Massive relation, military/Industrial complex warnings Case Study Theme(s);

Reform

War and Diplomacy

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Civil Rights Trial Simulation

Civil Rights Role-play Trial Paper

DBQ (2001) What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War? How successfully did the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower address these fears: Use the documents and your knowledge of the years 1948-1961 to construct your response.

UNIT XXI: KENNEDY AND THE NEW FRONTIER
Week 29

American Pageant, Chapter 39 The Stormy Sixties 1960-1968

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Kennedy administration

  • Vietnam

  • The Turbulent 1960s

  • From the New Frontiers to the Great Society

  • Expanding movements for civil rights

  • Cold War confrontations: Asia, Latin America, and Europe

  • Beginning of Détente

  • The antiwar movement and the counterculture Case Study Theme(s): Reform

American Diversity

Politics and Citizenship

Culture

Civil Rights

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Reader quiz: Various Selected articles of the 1960's movement (selections / quiz to be determined)

DBQ (1995) Analyze the changes that occurred during the 1960’s in the goals, strategies and

support of the movement for African American rights. Use the documents and your knowledge

of the history of the 1960’s to construct your response.
UNIT XXII: THE 1970’S

Week 30

American Pageant, Chapter 40 The Stalemated Seventies 1968-1980

Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics:

  • Politics and Economics at the End of the Twentieth Century;

  • The election of 1968 and the “Silent Majority”

  • Nixon’s challenges: Vietnam, China, Watergate

  • Changes in the American economy: energy crisis, deindustrialization, the service economy Case Study Theme(s):

Politics and Citizenship

Culture

War and Diplomacy

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Vietnam Era Documents Quiz
UNIT XXIII: THE REAGAN REVOLUTION

Week 31

American Pageant, Chapter 41 The Resurgence of Conservatism 1980-2000 &

Chapter 42 The American People Face a New Century

Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics:

  • The New Right and the Reagan revolution

  • End of the Cold War

  • Society and Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century

  • Demographic changes: immigration surge after 1965, sunbelt migration, “graying” of America, Revolutions in biotechnology, mass communication, and computers, Politics in a multicultural society

  • The United States in the Post-Cold War World;

  • Globalization and the American economy

  • Unilateralism vs. multilateralism in foreign policy

  • Domestic and foreign terrorism, Environmental issues in a global context Case Study Theme(s):

Globalization

Environment

American Identity

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT

Essay: Trace the development of the Woman’s movement from the 1870’s to the 1970’s.

Essay: Compare and contrast the economic policies of RR and GW Bush with those of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge
UNIT XXIV: AP REVIEW AND SELECTED TOPICS

Final dates to be determined

In-class exercise: AP released exam multiple choice with immediate discussion and feedback regarding “why this answer?” This will establish a diagnostic baseline for ongoing AP exam review.

DBQ

80 Question released M/C

Free Response essay

Selected Topics: 1492 - Present
TEACHING STRATEGIES

This is a large lecture course and, as such, the teaching strategies used focus on giving students opportunities to analyze and respond in class, to write mini-essays of 50 words or so reacting to provocative statements, and to do short role-play simulations. Students must complete a summer reading assignment on before the course begins. They also receive maps to familiarize themselves with United States geography, history and expansion. Instructions are given throughout the course on the following:

Essay organization diagram for free-response questions

Essay tasks for AP Exam free-response questions

List of directive terms used in free-response questions

Reminders for answering timed essay questions

Essay frame

Generic free-response scoring guidelines

Generic core-structure scoring guidelines

Guidelines for responding to a DBQ

Test packet for a DBQ (excerpted from an AP Released Exam)

Generic DBQ core-scoring guidelines
STUDENT EVALUATION

  • Quizzes are given on the reading assignments.

  • Occasional outside-of-class assignments may also count as daily grades.

  • Test formats are

objective (multiple choice) = most objective tests consist of 25 - 35 multiple-choice questions and a 25-minute essay question, and are timed to give the students a feeling of the approximate the time allowed on the AP Exam.

free-response questions (called essay tests in the Course Syllabus), and DBQs = DBQ part of each test is composed of a 10-minute planning period and a 40-minute writing period. During the planning period students must

(1) responds to all of the tasks specified by the essay prompt,

(2) include at least three to four groupings of documents, and

(3) identify the point of view for most of the documents.

This process helps students focus on “answering the question rather than writing what they know.

  • Homework is accepted before students begin to take the unit exam. The homework consists of unit terms and/or outlines; questions about readings, notations, and/or assigned primary and secondary sources; charts that pertain to the unit (e.g., characteristics, similarities, and differences between presidential administrations, foreign and domestic policies, etc.) and applicable historical maps.

  • Well-completed terms and course themes demonstrate a student’s effort and most students find this to be indispensable in maintaining a high grade point average.

  • The semester exam is a requirement of the AP United States History course. It is comprehensive for all material covered during the first semester.

  • The final exam is a performance-based evaluation that helps students synthesize their learning from the entire year. It consists of a variety of written exercises and cooperative group activities that also help students prepare for the AP United States History Exam.

  • The AP United States History Exam is comprehensive, covering material from the entire school year. Students who are enrolled in the AP United States History course are expected to take the AP United States History Exam. Class time and after school reviews are held prior to the AP Exam. In addition, many students participate in informal study group review sessions.


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