United States History
AP Exam: Friday May 11, 2012
Advanced Placement United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and
factual information necessary to deal critically with the problems and issues of the history of the United
States. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands
upon them equivalent to those made by full- year introductory college courses. Students will learn to assess
historical material--its relevance to a given interpretive problem, and its reliability and importance. The
student will also learn to evaluate evidence as it is presented in various, and sometimes conflicting, historical
scholarship. An AP United States History course prepares the student to make informed judgments and to
present evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
Goals of the Course
The goals of the course are to develop the skills and the knowledge required for in-depth historical inquiry.
1. Students will acquire knowledge of U.S. history, including specific names, terms, and concepts.
2. Students will connect U.S. events and trends to global contexts.
3. Students will develop a broad understanding of historical dynamics through critical analysis.
4. Students will construct and evaluate evidence-based arguments.
5. Students will assess the diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, point of view,
and frame of reference, in primary and secondary sources.
6. Students will develop an awareness of human commonalities and differences while assessing
claims of universal standards, including diverse ideas and values, in historical context.
Boyer, Paul S., et al., The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, 5th Ed. (Boston & New York, 2004).
Throughout the year students must demonstrate thorough reading of all materials, a strong thematic
understanding of course content, and the ability to write clearly and analytically – evidenced by the student’s
ability to write clear, well-argued analytical essays, plus a Document-Based Question essay.
Students will be assessed in the following ways:
Quizzes: Aimed primarily at testing factual knowledge (i.e. people, places, term identification).
o Directly related to preparatory reading.
Homework: An integral part of the learning process will consist of reading assignments that will
prepare them for class.
Projects: Concepts learned in class will be reinforced through two long-term projects.
Tests: One per unit. Tests are designed to test both factual and conceptual information. They will
follow the format of the AP exam.
Essays: The AP exam contains three timed essays. Over the course we will learn how to write these
Exams: Students will take a mid-term exam and a final exam as prescribed by the Social Studies
curriculum of LCPS, as well as the Virginia SOL.
Grading Philosophy – Grades in this class will reflect a student’s proficiency in relation to course objectives
and will accurately show the level of a student’s knowledge of each unit of study. Students will be able to
make corrections on quizzes and tests throughout the year in order to improve their proficiency. Please see
the corrections sections of the syllabus for more details.
This class will use a point system. For each quarter you will receive a grade based on the percentage of
points you earned versus the total points that could have been earned. The point distribution for
assignments is listed below.
Assignment Points Assignment Points
Tests (Quiz) Up to 100 (10) Group Work/Presentation 10-50
Essays/Papers 20-100 Projects 50-100
Instructional strategies include (although will not be limited to), discussions, Cooperative learning, Inquiry-
based learning, Socratic seminars, debates, document workshops, writing workshops, peer editing, and
Themes of AP US History
American diversity, American identity, culture, demographic changes, economic transformation, the
environment, globalization, politics and citizenship, reform, religion, slavery and its legacies in North
America, war and diplomacy.
AP United States History Exam - Friday May 11, 2012
The AP exam is a highly rigorous three hour and five minute test. It covers the time period from 1492
through the 1900’s. The exam will check for understanding of political, social, cultural, economic, and
geographical facts and interpretations.
Part one of the exam is made up of 80 multiple-choice questions. You will have 55 minutes for this part of
the exam. Part two is the essay section. It consists of a document-based essay question (DBQ) and four
other response essay questions of which the student will choose two. All students must do the DBQ.
The DBQ and free response question may come from any time period and cover virtually any subject. You
will have 130 minutes to write 3 essay responses. Throughout the year I will highlight essay topics that are
possible for the May test and we will practice writing strategies.
The topics of study listed below will cover both domestic and foreign policy to varying degrees. The
approach will be both chronological and thematic. I will stress the flow of ideas, concepts and developments
taking into consideration the big picture of American history. However, it will be necessary for the student
to know dates and other factual material in order to build a good foundation for the broader concepts we will
(First Grading Period)
Unit 1a: 1492 to 1776 Chapter 2-5
Topics of Study: Discovery/ Settlement to 1650
Colonial Society to mid-18th century
Road to Revolution 1754-1776
American Revolution 1776-1783
Unit 1b; 1776 to 1840 Chapter 6-10
Topics of Study: Constitution & Republic 1776-1800
Age of Jefferson 1800-1816
Nationalism & Economic Expansion
Age of Jackson 1828-1845
(Second Grading Period)
Unit 2a: 1828 to 1861 Chapter 11-14
Topics of Study: Creating American Culture
Expansion & Sectional Crisis
1850s Decade of Crisis
Unit 2b: 1861to 1900
Topics of Study: Civil War Chapter 15 - 18
New South & Last West
National Politics 1877-1896 Gilded Age
(Third Grading Period)
Unit 3a: 1900 to 1920 Chapter 19-22
Topics of Study: Urban Society
Intellect & Cultural Movements
Foreign Policy 1865-1914
Unit 3b: 1920 to 1945 Chapter 23 -25
Topics of Study: New Era 1920s
(Fourth Grading Period)
Unit 4a: 1945 to 1974 Chapter 26-29
Topics of Study: Truman & Cold War
Eisenhower & Moderate Republicans
JFK "Frontier Society”
Civil Rights Era
Unit 4b: 1974 to today Chapter 30 to 32
Topics of Study: US Since 1974
The Conservative turn
Discipline Policy: Please refer to the Loudoun County Public Schools: Students Rights and Responsibilities, and
your Freedom High School Agenda, for all school-wide and county-wide policies regarding appropriate
Grading: Each assignment (homework, projects, tests, quizzes, etc.) is assigned a point value. Grades are based on the
Loudoun County Public Schools’ grading scale.
Homework: Homework will consist of reading assignments that will prepare them for the quizzes that will be
given for each chapter. Students will also work on projects at home and have preparatory assignments for class
Make-Up Work: Students with an excused absence will be given the same number of days they were absent to make
up missing assignments. Work will not be accepted in the event of an unexcused absence. It is the
responsibility of the student to check for make-up work in the event of an excused absence.
Materials: Students must bring a 3-ring binder to every class. It is expected that pens, pencils, and other
materials will be brought to every class. Please bring your textbook to every class.
Classroom: No electronic devices (CD players, iPods, etc.) are allowed in class. Cell phones must be turned
off during school hours. Any electronic device accessed during class will be confiscated until the end of the
school day. For further information consult the FHS Agenda.
Late assignment, test, quiz and project policies:
Quizzes not taken on their scheduled date must be made up within two class days. Quizzes may be
made up either before or after school; make up quizzes will not be given in Eagles Connect.
Unit tests not taken on their scheduled date must be made up within two class days. Because of the
length of the unit test, make ups will take two days and must be completed after school. Unit test
make ups will not be given in Eagles Connect.
Projects and assignments not turned in on time will only be accepted by the next class period with a
30% penalty. This penalty is deducted from the grade earned on the project.
Graded assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of the class period on which they are due.
Assignments turned in after collection are considered late.
Quiz Corrections: Quizzes may be corrected for full credit in accordance with the Quiz Correction Policy.
This policy must be signed by you and your parents and returned to Mr. Lewandowski in order to be allowed
Please sign and hand back to Mr. Lewandowski by September 2nd, and 5th. Please place the
syllabus at the front of your binder for future reference.
I, ____________________________________________________(student) have read, understand, and accept the
requirements and classroom policies of Mr. Lewandowski’s AP US History class.
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