AP U.S. History is a course that can earn students college credit. It is a three trimester survey of American history. The course is designed to cover from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Emphasis is placed on analysis of documents and primary sources, the use of critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing and mastering a body of factual information. This is a college level class, and will be taught as such. To be successful, students must take this class seriously and be prepared to put in a lot of effort throughout the year.
Class Expectations: School rules will be followed at all times. The following are guidelines that students need to follow in order to be successful.
1. Students must have assignments completed before coming to class. Students will not be allowed to turn in any assignment late. Also, students will not have time to go to the library to print off assignments. They need to do that before class. Unless told otherwise, students can not email assignments to me for me to print out.
2. Students should regularly participate.
3. Students need to be a student of history. I will discuss this further below.
4. Students are expected to spend 30-60 minutes nightly at a minimum studying and completing assignments.
5. Students are expected to maintain an organized binder.
6. Students are expected to respect each other in class.
7. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Old AP tests that I have and take them as practice throughout the semester. We will take at least two tests together. You can also access old AP tests on line at:
Assessments: The length and type of assignments will vary. Please refer to the class calendar for due dates. Most assignments will have a multiplier on the grade program. So, please make sure that check the right column for points when checking the grades. The class assessments will typically be made up of the following types:
History Journal: Reactions to political cartoons, maps, tables, or artwork. Students will be given one of the preceding sources and will write a few sentences in response. This will be a daily bell-ringer activity.
Chapter Interactive Notes: 3 will be collected at random on a test day. Students are expected to do notes for each chapter.
Reading Check Daily Quizzes: Students without an id properly displayed or that are tardy are not allowed to take the quiz and will receive a zero. Students that show up late with a pass, will have to make the quiz up before school. Any missed quiz must be made up during office time.(Fridays 7 AM-7:45)
Chapter Tests-typically a combination of short answer and multiple choice questions
DBQ’s(Taken from old AP Tests)
FRQ’s(Taken from old AP Tests)
Weekly Postings to Class Website(TBD)
Participation in class discussions
Research Papers or Projects(1st Tri., 2nd Tri., and 3rd Tri.)
Group and Individual Projects
End of Trimester Exams
Explanations, expectations, and guidelines will be given out with each assignment and will be posted on the class website, when possible.
Textbooks and Readings The following books are the core part of the class. Other books, articles, or essays will be added throughout the class
John Mack Faragher, Mari Jo Buhle, Daniel Czitrom, Susan H. Armitage. Out of Many: A History of the American People (Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall 2007).
United States History, Volume 1: Taking Sides - Clashing Views in United States History, Volume 1: The Colonial Period to Reconstruction Mc Graw Hill 2008
Larry Madaras, James M SoRelle Taking Sides - Clashing Views in United States History, Volume 2: Reconstruction to the Present: McGraw Hill: 2008
David Emory Shi and George Brown Tindall. America a Narrative History. W.W. Norton Company 2007
David M. Kennedy and Thomas A. Bailey The American Spirit Volume I Eleventh Edition to 1877 Houghton Mifflin 2006
David M. Kennedy and Thomas A. Bailey The American Spirit Volume II Eleventh Edition Since 1865 Houghton Mifflin 2006
Upton Sinclair. The Jungle Parental Contact: As of right now, I have first hour prep for next year. I would prefer that you contact me during 7:45-8:45 AM. My phone number is 219-650-5307 Ext. 7109. I can also be emailed at: email@example.com Please call me if you have any questions about what is going on in the class. If there is a problem, I would like to know about it. Please let me have the opportunity to deal with an issue and hopefully come up with a solution.
Office Time: Monday 3PM
Just as professors have set times for students to come and meet with them to discuss class related issues, so will I. Students are encouraged to come and ask questions, or to get extra help. I will stay after on that day to help students or other times if arranged with me ahead of time.
AP US History Test: Students taking this class are not required to take the corresponding AP test. However, students are encouraged to take it. One of the main purposes of the class is to prepare students for the AP test. Students are encouraged to start early to successfully prepare for the test. I will draw attention to topics, events, or people that could be tested on the AP test. At the end of each chapter, I will highlight key points from each chapter that may be on the AP test. Students can possibly receive college credit depending on how well they score on the test. The test takes place in May, and is administered during the normal school day. Regardless of whether or not the test is taken, or how they perform on the test, it has absolutely no bearing on their grade for the class.
Dual Credit: AP US History is a class that is eligible for dual credit from Purdue University North Central. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get college credit for work that they do while in high school. This credit will transfer to any state school in Indiana as a history credit, and the students will not have to take this class over. If you transfer out of state, or to a private college, the credits might still transfer. You would need to check with that school to make sure. Students will meet with someone from the Guidance Department to discuss this further.
A Student of History: US History is everywhere around you. History can be a bit boring if you only read about it from a book. You need to try and experience it. Since there is a limited amount of time in class and in the school year in which to learn US History, students are encouraged to seek out information about it on their own. I would strongly encourage students to watch the History Channel, PBS(American Experience), or other channels that have history based shows. There is a wealth of information available to people now about US History. What I will teach them will serve as building blocks for future study. Neither I, nor our book can cover everything that a student might need to know to prepare for the AP US History test. So, students need to try and learn about it on their own. We will go on field trips to historical places or museums to help encourage students to seek out information about US History. U.S. History is a great passion of mine and I have studied it for 25 years and I am constantly learning new things. I hope that I can inspire you as a student to learn about history on your own.
Interactive Notes: Students are required to take their notes using the Cornell Method. An example will be provided. There is no substitute for taking good notes, this is the basis for any humanities class. Students are encouraged to read each section first without writing notes, then go back and write down the main ideas. For each section, students are to write down the key points in incomplete sentences. It is easier to remember the material if it is in chunks of information, rather than in complete sentences. Students are then supposed to write a question off to the side that will help them later to quiz themselves over the material. At the bottom of the page, students are to write a summary over the section. The summary should be a brief recap of the section in a couple of sentences(1-3 maximum). For students to receive full credit for the notes, they will have to have questions, summaries, and notes for each section of the chapter.
Class Overview This is a tentative class schedule that will be adjusted as needed. Assignments that are listed might be modified. There will be additional assignments that might replace or augment the current ones. Some of the chapters overlap the different themes and will be addressed at various times throughout the course. For exact days and specifics about the assignments or projects, check the class webpage. Readings that are listed are to be done outside of class for homework. Extra reading resources will be given during class and used for discussion or projects. The Course is divided into periods of time with a focus on the following themes: American Identity
Views of the American national character and ideas about American exceptionalism. Recognizing regional
differences within the context of what it means to be an American.
Diverse individual and collective expressions through literature, art, philosophy, music, theater, and film
throughout U.S. history. Popular culture and the dimensions of cultural conflict within American society.
Changes in birth, marriage, and death rates; life expectancy and family patterns; population size and
density. The economic, social, and political effects of immigration, internal migration, and migration
Changes in trade, commerce, and technology across time. The effects of capitalist development, labor and
unions, and consumerism.
Ideas about the consumption and conservation of natural resources. The impact of population growth,
industrialization, pollution, and urban and suburban expansion.
Engagement with the rest of the world from the fifteenth century to the present: colonialism, mercantilism,
global hegemony, development of markets, imperialism, and cultural exchange.
Politics and Citizenship
Chapter 12: The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism-1812-1824-American Spirit
Issue #11: Did Slavery Destroy the Black Family-Taking Sides Vol. I
Chapter 10 Notes
Chapter 10 Study Guide
Chapter 10 Quiz
Chapter 12 Notes
Chapter 12 Study Guide
Chapter 13 Notes
Chapter 12/13 Test DBQ: Jacksonian Democrats(1990)
Antebellum Reformer Roundtable Assignment-Students will discuss problems of the era and how their reformer would have felt about this topic and what they would have proposed to fix the problem.
Antebellum Reformer 2 Page Paper: Students write a two page paper about their reformer.
The Transformation of Politics in Antebellum America: (Combined with Previous Theme) Themes Addressed: Politics and Citizenship
Economic Transformation Chapter Focus Questions:
What was the role of Andrew Jackson’s presidency in affirming and solidifying the new democratic politics?
What part did the transportation revolution play in unifying the nation?
How was the basic two-party pattern of American political democracy established?
How did writers and artists and their audiences create a distinctive American cultural identity?
Readings: Out of Many: Chapter 11
Chapter 11 Notes
Chapter 11 Study Guide
Chapter 11 Test
Territorial Expansion and Manifest Destiny: 1 Week Demographic Change
War and Diplomacy
Globalization Chapter Focus Questions:
How did the political effects of expansion heighten sectional tensions?
How did the concept of manifest destiny affect continental expansion?
How was the frontier development in Oregon, Texas, and California similar and different?
Reading: Out of Many: Chapter 14
Primary Source Document:
Document 14-2: A Newspaper Man Declares the “Manifest Destiny” of the United States in 1845: Questions to accompany the document.
Chapter 14 Notes
Chapter 14 Take Home Quiz Packet
Donner Party Video: Reaction Paper
The Crisis of the Union Themes Addressed: Politics and Citizenship
Slavery and Its Legacy in North America Chapter Focus Questions:
Why did the Whigs and Democrats fail to find a lasting political compromise on the issue of slavery?
What caused the end of the Second American Party System and the rise of the Republican Party?
Why did the secession of the southern states follow the Republican Party victory in the election of 1860?
Readings: Out of Many: Chapter 15
Chapter 15 Notes
Chapter 15 Study Guide
Chapter 15 Quiz
1st Trimester Final Review Paper:
How had America developed from a series of struggling colonies into a power that rivaled France and Great Britain? In doing the paper, you need to discuss the social, political, and economic changes that took place during the 18th and 19th Century. 3-5 Pages Long Due Nov. 19th
Final Exam: 100 Questions Multiple Choice.
This is a tentative schedule that will/can be adjusted if needed. Please consult the website for any changes to this. Assignments that are listed may be changed, or alternate assignments may be added.
1st Day of Class
-Pass out Textbooks
-Rules and Expectations
Chapter 1 Notes
Chapter 1 Notes
Chapter 1 Quiz
Chapter 2 Notes
Chapter 2 Notes
Chapter 3 Notes
Chapter 3 Notes
Chapter 3 Quiz
Chapter 4 Notes
Chapter 4 Notes
Chapter 4 Quiz
Chapter 5 Notes
Chapter 5 Notes
Chapter 5 Quiz
-Chapter 1-5 Test
-Chapter 1-5 Study Guide Questions Due(Summer Assignment)