2015 Summer Assignment Dear Student of History:
Welcome to Advanced Placement United States History! By registering for this course, you have decided to undertake a great challenge, and in doing so, will benefit tremendously as a high school and future college student. The AP U.S. History course is very demanding in regards to the amount of reading, writing, and studying you will be engaged in over the next 11 months. All of this, of course, is to prepare you for the successful completion of the AP U.S. History exam on Friday, May 6, 2016. For us to dedicate ourselves to a full survey and analysis of America’s history, it is necessary we begin our study this summer.
This sheet is not the full summer assignment. You will receive a more detailed description of your summer assignment via email and it will be posted on my website sometime before July 1. This will still provide you with plenty of time to complete the necessary work this summer, and I do not recommend you start too soon anyway. This sheet contains all the information you need right now. Read this carefully and immediately. 1) The first – and most important – part of your summer assignment is to establish email contact with me. You must email me at before May 29. It is imperative you email me from your current email address so I may save it in my address book. If you do not have your own email account, you should set one up now. Throughout the summer and the school year I will send you much important information via email, including the summer assignment itself. It is essential I have a working email address for you so you do not miss this important information. Check your email frequently, and notify me immediately if your address should change. I will reply to your email within 24-48 hours to confirm that I have received it. If you do not receive a reply in that time, email again and check the spelling of my name. If you are still having trouble, try , although this should only be used as a back-up. Finally, if you are still having trouble, you can call and leave a message at (330) 896-7575 x616256. (Be sure to leave your name and a call-back number.) Even if I already have an email connection with you, you still must complete this assignment. In this initial email, include your honest responses to the following. Each response should be about a paragraph in length. This assignment is worth 20 points. I will not give credit if I receive your email after midnight on Friday, May 29.
Why are you taking AP United States History? Who or what piqued your interest in this course?
What topics, time periods, or events in American history do you find most interesting? Why?
What questions or concerns do you have about the course?
Tell me about yourself (your interests, hobbies, activities, etc.).
2) Attached to this sheet is a handout entitled “Are you ready for AP U.S. History?” This handout lists many of the important expectations and procedures I have created for this course. You need to read this over carefully, check each box as you read, sign the sheet at the bottom and have a parent sign as well. I must receive this signed sheet back from you before this school year ends on Friday, May 29. This, too, is an assignment and I will not give you credit if I receive it late.
3) Today, you are receiving the course textbook: America, Past and Present, 8th edition,by Robert Divine, et al. Much of the summer assignment is textbook reading. I recommend you begin this reading in late July and not sooner. Around late July-early August, I will offer you a chance to come in for a tutorial on how to effectively read the textbook and take notes. Information about this tutorial “class” will be sent to you via email around mid-July. For now, do not lose the textbook!
4) The last day to request a schedule change is Friday, May 29. Understand that failure to complete this summer assignment is not an acceptable reason to change your schedule this summer or fall. Furthermore, failing to complete the summer reading will be detrimental to your first-quarter grade and will likely have a negative impact on your overall success in the course. If you have second-thoughts about this course, please email or speak with me soon. I only want to help you make the right decision for you.
5) If you are a Twitter user, I recommend you consider “following” me (@MrTomecko). I use Twitter to share relevant historical information with students – not class information. Students who do follow me have found this information helpful for recalling historical content. Whenever I tweet something that I believe would be of particular interest to students in this class, I will use the hashtag: #apushGHS. You can use this hashtag to search for these items. Note well: Out of respect for your privacy, I will not follow you back.
In closing, I wish to say that I look forward to working with you next school year, and I wish you all the best in your completion of the summer assignment. Again, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
I leave you with a quotation from President Theodore Roosevelt:
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”