AP US History
We will covering 528 years of American history. This class is not designed for your student to memorize dates, names, and the particulars of any given day in history. It is for your student to think critically about the themes throughout history and how many ideas seem to repeat themselves. Students will be taking an AP Exam at the end of the school year for a chance at college credit. There will be a lot of reading in this course, primary and secondary sources, and students will be writing in class at least once a week. This reading is expected to be done at home. We will be reading the entire textbook.
Students will learn 4 history reasoning skills - contextualization, comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. These are skills they have been introduced to over their educational history but we will be diving into them deeper in this college level course.
The textbook we have chosen is The American Pageant, 13th Edition, by David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey.
There are key concepts in AP US History. Think of them as main ideas for each period of time. AP US History, nicknamed APUSH, is split into 9 periods of time, and with each period, there are key concepts. More information on the periods, as well as the exam, can be found here. There is a practice exam in that book as well. I encourage your student to not attempt this exam until March or April.
The purpose of this website is for you and your student to stay updated on what we are working on, as well as upcoming due dates. You can also see what we're doing daily on our Echo website, provided by the school. I will also be utilizing Google Classroom so students may access the powerpoints and have those to study at home. Lastly, we will be using Remind, an app you can download on your phone, so that you and your student can be updated when due dates are coming up.
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I spoke with many of you regarding a new discussion method we have been doing in the class. If you would like to know more, here is a great youtube about the Harkness method.
A great supplemental (and free) text for students, provided by Stanford University Press, is The American Yawp. This will help any student who is looking for some additional help with certain concepts.
Period 1A - Best Rules/Procedures Pamphlet
Yanett, Abram, Jose S.
Period 2B - Best Rules/Procedures Pamphlet Front & Inside
R'mani & Christina
Period 3B - Best Rules/Procedures Pamphlet
Andrew & Emily
Students were working on Period 2 colonies, and how they were separated by many differences. After they learned the concepts, they had to create posters, explaining them to a 5th grader. Here is some of their work.
First picture: Yanett, Macy, Jose, Abram, Jose, Markendria
Second picture: Vanessa, Ronny, Lindsey
Third picture: Austin, Ben, Desirea, Summer, Kwame, Brianna
Fourth picture: R'mani, Christina
Fifth picture: Nealie, Jordan, Alex