This course will be based on the AP College Board topic outline beginning with Pre-Columbian Societies and ending with the United States in the Post-Cold War World. Each unit covers one era of American history using organizing principles and varies in length of study based on the one semester 4 x 4 block schedule. Daily schedule consists of 4 days with 98 minutes of instruction time and 1 day with 77 minutes of instruction time for 36 weeks. Additionally, each unit will focus 12 AP themes, specific to each era. All students are expected to complete the reading assignments within the allotted days, and there will be quizzes to check reading progress. In each unit, students will also interpret several primary documents. Document analysis will include in-class and out-of-class DBQ essays and FRQ responses.