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The following is list of weekly topics to be covered throughout the year along with the reading assignments due for those topics. Also listed are the dates for scheduled tests. Students can expect to write In and out of class essays, should prepare for possible pop quizzes, and periodic homework assignments. Students would be well advised to keep up with your reading assignments. Waiting until the last minute may lead to being overwhelmed by the volume of information.

It is expected that each of you will complete your own work. Any violation of this honor policy will result in the grade of a zero for ALL students involved. (i.e. no copying from your peers or stealing of others work from the Internet, etc.) I cannot help you unless I can determine your strengths and weaknesses as individual students.

1st Semester

General Themes


Key topics to be covered throughout those themes

Text Reading Requirements

You should have the chapter read by the beginning of each week.

Assignments & Assessments with Due Dates
Graphic organizers for in class discussion

Week 1


Introduction to class, APUSH essay writing, introduction to APUSH graphic organizers, Pre- Colonial Societies
Early inhabitants of Americas & the American Indians

Cary Vol I: Article 1

Native Americans & the Environment

pp. 5-19

August 23 Summer Homework Due

August 27 Native Americans & the Environment

August 27 Class syllabus, Reading syllabus, APUSH Tips for Success, Health Card,

Internet Access Paper, other first day paper work

Week 2
Aug. 30 –

Sept. 3

Pre-Colonial Societies ( 1460 – 1625)

  • 16th Century Europe


  • Spanish, English, French Exploration

  • English colonization: Jamestown & Plymouth

  • Origins of Slavery

  • Columbian Exchange

Boyer: Chapter 2

  1. 23 – 51

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class by 8/30:

  • Protestant Reformation & Counter Reformation

  • Exploration graphic organizer: comparing the accomplishments, economic, and societal impacts of French, English, Spanish, Portuguese exploration.

  • Old v/s New Slavery: comparison of purpose, structure, and extent of slavery development

  • Impacts of the Columbian Exchange

  • Early Settlements: comparing Roanoke, Jamestown, & Plymouth

Week 3

6 - 10
No school Sept. 6

Labor Day

Colonial America (1625-1700)

  • Comparison of settlement (NE, MD, STHN), Chesapeake & Restoration Colonies

  • Domination of Native Americans

  • Long term effects of Spanish & French settlement

  • Puritanism & Pluralism

  • Bacon’s Rebellion

Boyer: Chapter 3

pp. 53 - 85

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class by 9/7:

    • American Colonies graphic organizer: comparing ethnic, religious, economic make up, and relations with Native Americans

    • Bacon’s Rebellion: How it happened

    • Expansion and Native Americans: Multiple causation and effects of European colonization on native inhabitants.

September 10 Quiz: Chapter 2 & 3 class material & readings

Week 4


Mid-18th Century Colonial Society
( 1660 – 1750)

  • Attempts @ unity & Colonial Wars

  • Glorious Revolution

  • Economics: mercantilism, trade, growth of slavery

  • Government: colonial and imperial policies

  • Social structure: family, farm & town life

  • Culture: The Enlightenment, Great Awakening, immigration

Boyer: Chapter 4

pp. 87 - 119

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class by 9/13:

  • Mercantilism graphic organizer: economic drawbacks & benefits, reasons for colonial resistance.

  • The First Great Awakening

  • From authority to individualism graphic organizer: comparing the philosophies of Puritanism, Great Awakening, & Enlightenment thinkers.

September 14 Room 254 8:30 am Teacher Guided Test Review (use back
door of classroom to enter)

September 17 Test: Colonial North America - Chapters 2 – 4

Week 5


Road to Revolution (1750 – 1776)

  • Seven Year’s War & French and Indian War

  • The Colonies in 1763 (turning point)

  • Imperial reorganization: End of salutary neglect

  • Philosophy of the American Revolution

  • Declaration of Independence

Boyer: Chapter 5

  1. 121-155

Declaration of Independence

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class by 9/20:

    • Causes and Effects of the French & Indian War

    • A Turning Point in History: 1763

    • Path to revolution graphic organizer: identifying the British and Colonial rational for actions and reactions leading to the start of war.

    • Declaration of Independence: analyzing the purpose, intended audience, roots, and structure and content of the document. (Do not print you have from summer H.W.)

    • Principle or Self Interest: identifying evidence that supports the economic, social, political causes of the Revolution.

Week 6
Sept. 27 –

Oct. 1

The American Revolution & Defining Nationhood (1776 – 1788)

  • Continental Congress

  • War society: Loyalists

  • War Economy

  • Strengths and weaknesses

  • Political Organization: state governments & Articles of Confederation

  • Social Reform: women and slavery

  • Treaty of Paris 1783

  • Shay’s Rebellion

  • Constitutional Convention: drafting the Constitution

  • Ratification fight

Boyer: Chapter 6

  1. 157-189

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class by 9/27:

  • American Revolution: Challenges of the War

  • Who were the Loyalists

  • Why the Colonists Won

  • Treaty of Paris 1783

  • American Revolution & Social Change

  • Articles of Confederation graphic organizer: analyzing the accomplishments, diplomatic & domestic conundrums, and the issues that made creating solutions difficult.

  • Articles of Confederation : Recalling the Facts

  • The Constitution: Understanding the fears faced by the Founding Fathers and the compromises made while developing the Constitution

  • Governments of a Changing Nation

October 1 Quiz: Chapters 5 & 6: Class material & readings

Week 7

4 - 8

Launching the New Republic (1788 – 1800)

  • Bill of Rights

  • Federalists v/s Anti-Federalists

  • Washington as President: political difficulties & financial policies

  • Jefferson v/s Hamilton

  • John Adams Presidency: Alien & Sedition Acts, XYZ Affair, Election of 1800

  • Republican Motherhood

Boyer: Chapter 7

  1. 191 – 219

US Constitution

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class 10/4:

    • Jefferson v. Hamilton

    • The Evolution of Democracy

October 5 Room 254 8:30 am Teacher Guided Test Review

October 11 Test: The Revolutionary Era -- Chapters 5 – 7

In class: Multiple Choice


8 & 9

11 - 22
End of 1st 9 weeks

October 25 no school: Teacher plan day

Jeffersonianism and the Era of Good Feelings (1801 – 1824)

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Burr Conspiracy

  • Marshall Court

  • International policy: Impressment, Embargo Act, neutrality rights

  • Madison’s Presidency

  • War of 1812: Causes, Hartford Convention, Conduct of War, Treaty of Ghent, New Orleans

  • Missouri Compromise

  • President Monroe

  • Era of Good Feelings

  • Foreign affairs: Canada, Florida, Monroe Doctrine

Boyer: Chapter 8

  1. 221 -247

Print the following from my APUSH website for use in class 10/11:

  • Republican Values of the Jeffersonian Era

  • President Jefferson’s Philosophies and Actions

  • Analyzing Jefferson’s Actions as President

  • The Marshall Court: 4 land mark Supreme Court cases

  • John Quincy Adams: Accomplishments as Secretary of State

  • The Era of Good Feelings: President Monroe

October 18 Quiz: Chapter 8 on class material and readings

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