General Course Information: AP U.S. History is a college level introductory course on United States History, designed for 11th grade students. This course will focus on the colonial America, revolutionary ideology, constitutional development, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, nineteenth-century reform movements, and Manifest Destiny. Other topics include the Civil War and the Reconstruction, immigration, industrialism, Populism, Progressivism, World War I, the Great Depression, and New Deal, World War II, the cold War, the post-Cold War era, and the United States at the beginning of the twentieth-first century. This course will fulfill the United States history requirements. Course material will be taught through a variety of means including: lecture and note taking, class discussion, intensive reading, group and individual projects, and current events.
Themes emphasize throughout the year have been determined by the College Board as a comprehensive study of United States history. Themes listed will include a variety of class discussions on American Diversity, American Identity, Culture, Demographic Changes, Economic Transformations, Environment, Globalization, Politics and Citizenship, Reform, Religion, Slavery and Its Legacies in North America, War and Diplomacy. The course is designed to trace these themes throughout the year in order to make connections in how they help improve changes in our society. Students will be able to understand the importance of participation in their community as they interconnect the ways history shape our nation.
Course Outcome: These are the general goals:
1. Prepare students for the responsibilities of social contract including voting and positive participation in the local community
2. Prepare students for the AP U.S. History exam
3. Analyze the history and interpretations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
4. Examine the roles, powers, and relationships between formal and informal institutions in the United States
5. Recognize typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences
6. Know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. history.
Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant. 14th ed. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Miffin Co., 2010
Thomas A. Bailey, David M. Kennedy. The American Spirit 9th ed. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Miffin Co., 1998
Grading: Tests 30%, historical essays/power point presentations 25%, Final 20%, class projects 10%, homework 10%, and class binder 5%. Essays must be type, double spaced or written in ink. Essay grading will depend on the length and topic, use supporting resources, grammar, spelling, and critical thinking.
Grading: Grades are determined by the percentage of total course points earned by the student.
Below 60% F
Calendar by weekly
Makers of America:
The Spanish Conquistadores
Unit One: Founding the New Nation33,000 B.C.-A.D. 1783 Chapter 1: New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E. – 1769 C.E.
The geology of the New World
Native Americans before Columbus
Europeans and Africans
Columbus and the early explores
The ecological consequences of Columbus’s discovery
The conquest of Mexico
Spain builds a New World empire
Chapter 1 Test: 30 multiple Choice Questions and answer two out of three free response questions.
Key Term and People to Know
Bernal Diaz del Castillo; The Conquest of New Spain(Penguin Classics)1963
Makers of America:
Chapter 2: The Planting of English America 150 0 -1733