AP US History is a challenging, but exciting, course that is designed to be
the equivalent of a freshman college course in a high school setting. It is a
year-long survey of American history from the age of exploration to the present.
Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote
considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is
placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original
documents and historiography.
Besides lectures or PowerPoint presentations on important themes of U. S.
history, you are expected to participate in class verbally through discussions
of primary documents and events, debates of key issues and possible mock trials/ or classroom simulations.
Furthermore, you are expected to continually develop your writing skills through regular short essays, essay exams and
maintain a notebook of all class materials.
AP United States History is challenging and stimulating and, compared with
other high school courses, takes more time and requires more homework (but you
already know that). Consequently, there will be a focus on strengthening skills
in taking objective exams, in addition to writing clear and compelling essays
and doing research and analysis of historical data. Therefore, regular study,
frequent practice in writing, historical analysis, class
discussions/debates/seminars, and study/review/and test-taking strategies are
major elements of the course.
*Master a broad body of knowledge
*Demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology
*Use historical data to support an argument or position
*Differentiate between different schools of historical thought
*Interpret and apply data from original documents, including cartoons,
graphs, letters, works of art, music lyrics, etc.
*Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare
*Work effectively with others to produce products (such as original DBQs,
PowerPoint presentations, review sheets for the entire class) and solve problems
***Prepare for and successfully pass the Advanced Placement Exam
AP COURSE EXPECTATIONS AND GRADING