Ap u. S. History Syllabus 2015-2016

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AP U.S. History Syllabus 2015-2016

Advanced Placement United States History is a college level, chronological and thematic survey course in United States History covering the time period from Colonial America (1491) to the present. The Advanced Placement program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skill and factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems and issues in United States History. The course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands equivalent to those made by full year introductory college courses. Students will learn to asses historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Throughout the course students will be provided with the opportunity for instruction in the learning objectives in each of the seven themes as described in the AP U.S. History curriculum framework.

Course Objectives:

-Student will acquire fundamental and advanced knowledge of United States political, social, economic, constitutional, cultural, diplomatic, environmental, and intellectual history.

-Students will develop mastery of the four historical thinking skills: Chronological Reasoning, Comparison and Contextualization, Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence, and Historical Interpretation and Synthesis.
-Students will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the content, concepts and themes unique to United States History.
-Students will develop the ability to think and reason analytically as demonstrated through argumentative and persuasive essay and expository writing of document based and free response essay questions, short answer responses as well as article reviews, and book reviews.
-Students will demonstrate mastery of the content and their ability to synthesize historical material through stimulus based multiple choice questions.
Required Texts:
Gonick, Larry. The Cartoon History of the United States. Harper Collins, New York, 2005.
Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant: A History of the Republic. 14th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010.
Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present. HarperCollins. New York, 2003.

Course Requirements:

-Students will create and maintain and AP U.S. History notebook. The notebook will be of a spiral 5-subject type and contain the following sections: class notes, historical period reading journal, class activities, document analysis, test preparation and review.
-Students will maintain a reading journal of their assignments. This journal will contain the homework assignments which are to be turned in on the dates indicated on the student syllabus. The reading journal will include process skill assignments including, but not limited to: outlines, levels of questions, using subheadings, review questions from the student workbook, historical heads, and other interactive reading strategies as assigned. After review by the instructor or his designate, these assignments will be returned to the students and placed in the AP notebook in the section, reading journal. The reading journal will count up to 30% of the final grade.
-There will be a minimum of four examinations each quarter-three midterm and one final exam. Expect weekly quizzes on the required textbook reading. The examination format will include stimulus based multiple choice questions, free response and document based essay questions as well as short answer responses. The final examination each quarter will be comprehensive. Examinations will count up to 40% of the final grade.
-Students will submit written responses and evaluations of primary and secondary sources, (usually referred to as “article reviews”). These analytic writing assignments are based on the historical texts and history articles and will comprise up to 30% of the final grade. Specific due dates will be announced in the student syllabus available at the beginning of each quarter.
-Late assignments will receive a lowered grade. All assignments will be graciously accepted until 4:00 p.m. on the due date designated in the student syllabus. Assignments may be electronically transmitted – some assignments will require students to use Turn-it-in.com.
-All students enrolled in AP U.S. History are encouraged but not required to take the Advanced Placement United States History Examination. The AP test will be administered during the first part of May each year. Scheduled Date 5/6/2016
- Changes to the Syllabus/Required readings may change at instructor’s discretion

Grading policies:

- Grading will follow ECHS standard grading policy.
-Grades will be calculated on a 4.0 scale, using the requirements outlined above. Grades for objective work will be determined using standard deviation. Written work will be evaluated on the clarity and strength of the thesis, quality of the supporting details, and strength of the analytic and evaluative arguments presented. All written work will be evaluated using an appropriate score based rubric.
Course Outline/Units of Study
First Quarter 10 Weeks-August 25-October 30

Unit I Period I: 1491-1607

Central Focus:

On a North American Continent controlled by American Indians, contact among the peoples of Europe, the Americas, and West Africa created a new world.

Essential Questions:

1:1 Before the arrival of Europeans, native populations in North America developed a wide variety of social, political, and economic structures based in part on interactions with the environment and each other.

1:2 European overseas expansion resulted in the Columbian Exchange, a series of interactions and adaptations among societies across the Atlantic.
1.3 Contacts among American Indians, Africans, and Europeans challenged the worldviews of each group.
Content of the Unit

Native American cultures before European contact

European Colonization of North American: France, Great Britain, Spain

Merging of Cultures: Native Americans, Africans, Europeans

Thematic Learning Objectives











Reading Assignments:

American Pageant : Chapter 1: New World Beginnings 33,000 BCE – 1769 CE

Chapter 2: The Planting of English America 1500 - 1733

Chapter 3: Settling the Northern Colonies 1619 - 1700

Gonick: Prologue: Who Found it?
Zinn: Chapter 1: Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress
Schweikart: Prologue: Interview with Larry Schweikart, March 2005
Essential Documents:

Bartolome de Las Casas. “The Destruction of the Indies: A brief account”

Auchincloss, Kenneth. “When Worlds Collide”

Haines, Michael R., etal. “Twentieth Century estimates of the Aboriginal population of North American Indians.” (chart)

Columbus, Christopher. “From a letter to the King and Queen of Spain”

Indian and Non-Indian Populations (chart)

Chumash Indian Literature


Ask students to bring to class images of American Indians from movie clips, news articles or advertisements. Ask students to determine what images of American Indians present. Further the discussion by asking student to categorize the images from earliest to most recent. Continue the conversation by asking student to agree or disagree that 1491 rather than 1492 is the best possible date to start the AP U.S. history course. Have students suggest other possible starting points and labels might be. Discuss the implications of starting points in studying U.S. history, and demonstrate why the world was fundamentally different after 1492. (CR 10)

Ask students to make a list of the different ways that native people interacted with their environments, and then discuss how theses interactions shaped American Indian institutions and values. (ENV-2) (CR 4)
Students will write a 50 word response to the article “When Worlds Collide” focusing on how the arrival of the Europeans created a new world order. (CR-12)
After reading chapter one in Zinn and chapter one in Schweikart students will compare the authors points of view on U.S. history in a class discussion. (CR-6)
Students will write an in class essay on the impact of European immigration on the lives of Native Americans in the 16th Century. (CR-12)
Media Resources:

Africans in America Part I. The Terrible Transformation. PBS, 1988.

We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes. PBS 2009

Methods of Assessment:

Article Review: (refer to Appendix). After reading “Columbus in History (xroads.virginia.edu/~cap/Columbus/col3.html) students will complete a review of this article. (CR 13a) (CR-6), (CR-8)

Essay: In what ways and to what extent was long distance trade in exotic goods an important phenomenon in North America, Europe and Africa?

Unit II Period 2: 1607-1754
Central Focus:

Europeans and American Indians maneuvered and fought for dominance, control and security in North America, and distinctive colonial and native societies emerged.

Essential Questions:
2.1 Differences in imperial goals, cultures, and the North American environments that different empires confronted led Europeans to develop diverse patterns of colonization.
2.2 European colonization efforts in North America stimulated intercultural contact and intensified conflict between various groups of colonizers and native peoples.
2.3 The increasing political, economic and cultural exchanges within the “Atlantic World” had a profound impact on the development of colonial societies in North America.
Content of the Unit:

Colonial North America

Population growth and immigration

Transatlantic trade and mercantilism

Growth of plantation economies

Slavery in Colonial America

Mercantilism/Economic theory

Society and Culture in Colonial America

Southern, Middle, and Northern Colonies

The impact of religion in North American Colonies

Thematic Learning Objectives: (CR-3), (CR-8)






Reading Assignments

American Pageant: Chapter 4: American Life in the 17th Century 1607 - 1692

Chapter 5: Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700 - 1775

Chapter 6: The Duel for North America 1608 - 1763

Gonick: Chapter 1: In which England plants this and that

Chapter 2: New colonies and baby chickens

Zinn: Chapter 2-Drawing the Color line

Chapter 3-Persons of Mean and vile condition

Schweikart: Chapter 2: Colonial Adolescence
American Record: Merrell, James H. “The Indians New World”

Morgan, Edmund S. “The Labor Problem at Jamestown”

Randall, Willard, Nahra. “Anne Marbury Hutchinson: This Great and Sore Affliction.”
Essential Documents:

Frethorne, Richard. “Letter to his father and mother.”

Carver, John, etal. “The Mayflower Compact”

Winthrop, John. “A Model of Christian Charity.”

Rawson, Edward, etal. “The First Thanksgiving Proclamation”

Ships List of Immigrants

Two views of the Middle Passage Henretta, P. 94


Students will create a graphic organizer comparing the three colonial geographic regions Geography, Economy, Religious, Political Social and Cultural Aspects (refer to Appendix) (CR 11)

Students will complete an outline map of the 13 British colonies in North America (refer to Appendix (CR1)
Using APPARTS analyze the documents listed above, to be followed by a class discussion of the similarities and differences in development in colonial society


Media Resources:

In Search of History: The Salem Witch Trials. The History Channel, 1996.

We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes. PBS 2009

The Patriot. Columbia Tristar. 2000

The Last of the Mohicans. Twentieth Century Fox, 1992.

Reel Injun; On the trail of the Hollywood Indian. Lorber Films 2009

Methods of Assessment:

Document Based Essay Question, “Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had evolved into two distinct societies. Why did this difference in development occur?” (AP U.S. History examination, 1993. (CR5)

Unit III Period 3: 1754-1800
Central Focus:

British imperial attempts to reassert control over its colonies and the colonial reaction to these attempts produced a new American republic, along with struggles over the new nation’s social, political and economic identity.

Essential Questions:
3.1 Britain’s victory over France in the imperial struggle for North America led to new conflicts among the British government, the North American colonists, and American Indians, culminating in the creation of a new nation, the United States
3.2 In the late 18th century, new experiments with democratic ideas and republican forms of government, as well as other new religious, economic, and cultural ideas challenged traditional imperial systems across the Atlantic world.
3.3 Migration within North America, cooperative interaction and competition for resources raised questions about boundaries and policies, intensified conflicts among peoples and nations, and led to contests over the creation of a multiethnic, multiracial national identity.
Content of the Unit

Population growth and immigration

Transatlantic trade and mercantilism

Growth of plantation economies

The Enlightenment in North America

The French and Indian War

The imperial crises and resistance to Britain

The War for Independence

Realizing an American identity

Creating a new nation-Confederation

The Constitution of 1787

Crafting Republican government

The new nation
Thematic Learning Objectives (CR-3), (CR-8)








Reading Assignments:

American Pageant: Chapter 7: The Road to Revolution 1763-1775

Chapter 8: America Secedes from the Empire 1775-1783

Chapter 9: The Confederation and the Constitution 1776-1790

Chapter 10: Launching the New Ship of State 1789-1800

Gonick: Chapter 4: Mighty Beefs from Little Beavers Grow

Chapter 5: In Which Happiness is Pursued, Gun in Hand

Chapter 6: Shoes, Myths, The Constitution, Etc.

Schweikart: Chapter 3: Colonies No More

Chapter 4: A Nation of Law 1776-1789

Zinn: Chapter 4: Tyranny is Tyranny

Chapter 5: A Kind of Revolution

Essential Documents:

Navigation Acts, September 13, 1660

The Stamp Act of 1765

“Join or Die” 1754

“Common Sense” Thomas Paine 1776

“ Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania-John Dickinson

“America as a land of Opportunity” Benjamin Franklin, 1751

Pordence Punderson 1758-1784. “The first, second and last stages of mortality. Henretta, p. 116.

Hamilton and Jefferson “Views on the creation of the National Bank.”


Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s A Midwife’s Tale provides an illuminating portrait of one woman’s experience in the late eighteenth century. Students will examine excerpts from Martha Ballard’s diary at dohistory.org to get a sense of life in New England. Since Ballard’s entries are taken from the period after the Revolution, students will compare the entries with the textbook’s account of women’s lives in chapter four. What has changed for women by the late eighteenth century? What has remained the same?. (CR 9) (CR-8)

Using APPARTS Students will examine 11 primary and secondary source documents on the Battle of Lexington and Concord. After completing their analysis, they will complete a document key which helps them to answer the question, “Who fired the first shot at the battle of Lexington and Concord?” (CR 7) (CR-5)

Students will research the events leading to the American Revolution and complete the chart The Path to Revolution (The Center for Learning Lesson 7, Handout 7) (CR 9)
Students will read Hector St. John Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer and answer the question: If Crevecoeur describes what an American is, then what is a European?

(ID 1) (CR-6)

Students will compare the views of Hamilton and Jefferson on the Creation of the National Bank (CR-6)
Media Resources:

Liberty! The American Revolution Part I: The Reluctant Revolutionaries PBS, 1997.

Methods of Assessment:


Analyze the extent to which the American Revolution represented a radical alteration in American political ideas and institutions between 1750-1781. (ID-1),

(POL-1), (CUL-2) (CR-8)

Document Based Essay:

To what extent had the colonists developed a sense of their identify and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution? (1999 DBQ) (WXT-1), (WOR-1), (CUL-4)

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

(CR- 7), ( CR- 8), (WXT-1)
“From 1781-1789 the Articles of Confederation provided the United States with an effective government.” Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, evaluate this statement.( 1985 DBQ) (CR 7) (WXT-6), (POL-5), (WOR-5)

Appendix I

The Process Skills

Critical Reading Skills

Levels of Questions

SOAPS (Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Speaker)

APPARTS (Author, Place and Time, Purpose, Audience, Reasons, The Main Idea, Significance)

Harvard Online

Using Subheadings

“One Pager”

Thematic Learning Objectives

Analytical Writing Skills

Persuasive Analytical Essay

Argumentative Essay

Article Review

Book Review

Document Based Question

Thinking Skills

Recognize the temporal structure of events

Compare and contrast the differing ideas, values, behaviors, and institutions

Detecting bias in historical writing

Differentiate between historical facts and historical interpretations

Consider multiple perspectives

Analyze cause and effect relationships

Utilize visual data in charts, graphs, maps, and graphic organizers

Recognize the significance of change over time

Read and critically evaluate historical narratives

Recognize connections between the past and the present

Defend an interpretation

Access and assess historical data electronically

Utilize visual, literary and musical sources

Appendix II

Teaching Methods and Learning Activities

Teacher Led Inquiry

Student Led Inquiry


Power-Point Presentations by Students and Teacher

VHS and DVD Presentations and Analysis

Writing Essays, Article Reviews, & Book Reviews

Writing historical narratives

Conducting historical research

Study group Assignments

Student Presentations


Simulation Activities

Philosophical Chairs

Environmental Charter High School AP U.S. History

First Quarter Syllabus American Pageant 14th Edition

APUSH Reading Journal – Chapter Notes/Outlines and Review

Chapter Title Date Due
1 New World Beginnings September 8-9, 2014
2 The Planting of English America September 14, 2014
3 Settling the Northern Colonies September 21, 2014
4 American Life in the Seventeenth Century September 28, 2014
5 Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution October 5, 2014
6 The Duel for North America October 12, 2014
7 The Road to Revolution October 12, 2014
8 America Secedes from the Empire October 19, 2014
9 The Confederation and the Constitution October 19, 2014
10 Launching the New Ship of State October 26, 2014

Test Chapters Date
Midterm I 1, 2, 3 September 14, 2014
Midterm II 4, 5, 6 October 12, 2014
Midterm III 7, 8, 9, 10 October 29-30, 2014

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