Advanced Placement European History is a fact based course in which you will analyze evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The main objective of this course is to teach you as students of history how to analyze primary sources and their relationship to political, cultural, social, economic, diplomatic and intellectual changes in Europe. The course is divided into four quarters that span the Late Middle Ages through the present. Each quarter is divided into units that will conclude with a multiple choice quiz and thematic essay. In addition, you will be completing two research based projects and work with DBQs (Document Based Questions) and FRQs (Free Response Questions) throughout the year.
Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment and Frank M. Turner. The Western Heritage. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 9th edition.
Lualdi, Katharine J. Sources of the Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures.Vol. II. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 3rd edition.
Sherman, Dennis, Western Civilization: Sources, Images, and Interpretations Vol.1 and 2. Boston: McGraw- Hill, 7th edition.
Wiesner, Merry E. Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence Vol. 1 and 2. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 6th edition.
Daily Quizzes and Independent Reading
Your success in this course will be dependent on your ability to manage your time, therefore it is imperative that you keep up with all independent readings and not wait until the last minute to cram all the information. You will be held accountable for all of the independent readings you do with quizzes at the end of each section.
The success of this class also depends on individual participation in class and group discussions. Classroom participation is a factor that will be taken into account when your work is being graded.
You are required to purchase both a 2- subject spiral notebook and a 3- ring binder that will be brought to class EVERYDAY!
Spiral notebook should be divided as follows:
Tab 1: Activator/ Journal
Tab 2: Reading Homework/ Notes
Binder should be divided as follows:
Tab 1: Unit Goals
Tab 2: Worksheets/ Articles/ Primary Sources
Tab 3: Essays
Tab 4: Tests/ Quizzes/ Review Sheets
Tab 5: Maps
This is a college level course and as a result NO extra credit opportunities will be offered.
AP Exam &Study Groups
The AP Exam is a comprehensive test that covers material from the entire school year (detailed information about the exam will be given at a later date). If you are enrolled in the European Studies course you are expected to take the AP European History Exam. Some class time will be allotted for review, however I encourage all of you to form and become part of a study group. Reviewing and NOT COPYING notes as a group can prove to be a helpful way of studying the information. AP Exam Date: May 6, 2011
Mastery: Projects, Unit Tests, Essays, etc.
Mastery Support: Class work, Homework, Quizzes, etc.
Make- Up Work Assignments and Tests
It is your responsibility to collect any and turn in any work you have missed. All assignments MUST be completed on time and turned in on the date listed. If this is a problem, it is your responsibility to speak to me as soon as possible. If you are absent, you must email the paper to me before the end of the school day. As courtesy to those who turn their work in on time, any late work will receive a grade reduction!
Unit 1: From Medieval to Modern Europe (Chapters 9&10)
Introduction to the course
Legacy of the Late Middle Ages
The Renaissance in Italy
The Northern Renaissance
Voyages of Discovery and the New Empire in the West
DBQ Task: What is a DBQ??????
Unit 2: The Reformation/ Counter Reformation/ Religious Wars (Chapters 11&12)
Instructions: The project consists of a 5-7 minute oral presentation accompanied by a visual or oral aid and an annotated bibliography. You are to choose one of the individuals from the list. You are to choose one work by this person to discuss with the class. Bring a copy, excerpt, model, map, and/ or CD of that work to either show or play, and if possible, hand out copies to everyone in the class. Clearly, to succeed you must have some idea of what the spirit of the Renaissance is said to be and you must be able to explain this idea to your classmates.
Important points to remember are that
this is NOT a biographical report, so you should provide only the name, dates, and nationality of your individual;
the focus of your presentation should be on just ONE work and it should address the spirit of that work; and
your selection may NOT be drawn from or duplicate any selections provided in the text or in our sourcebooks, and it also should not be a work that everyone has already studied in English or art.
Brueghel (the Elder)
Holbein (the Younger)
Pico della Mirandolla
Semester 2: Social and Cultural History Paper
Instructions: You will be writing a five page paper in which you analyze and discuss an experience in life of Early Modern Europeans. Choose from among various classes, genders and ages under various conditions in different countries. The idea is to understand the experience from the point of view of those who were living it, and also to put the experience in a broader context- to interpret it as a reflection of the values and limitations of the times, and the trends of change it may represent. Then choose an assertion you know is true and want to prove to your reader, which will become your thesis. You must also include an annotated bibliography with your paper. You may choose any group covered during second semester.
(Source: College Board Advanced Placement European History Teacher’s Guide, and Sample Syllabi)