AP® United States History Syllabus
Cypress Creek High School Allan Ebert, M.Ed.
2327 Allan.Ebert@CFISD.net 281.897.4200
Tindall, George, and David Shi. America: A Narrative History. 5th, 6th , 7th , or 8Th ed. New York: W.W. Norton &
Co., 1999, 2005.
I. Course Objective
This course will aim to heighten students’ ability to see relationships and distinctions in American political, social,
economic, and intellectual history. The study of history goes far beyond the mastery of content. Rather it is about
developing critical skills that will serve students in college and as lifelong learners. Objectively, this course will help
students improve the following skills:
1. time management, organization, and study skills
2. critical reading of primary and secondary sources
3. constructing and evaluating historical
4. essay writing and oral communication
5. cause and effect relationships
6. comparative analysis
7. making historical analogies
8. inductive and deductive reasoning
II. Course Purpose
AP United States History is part of a cooperative endeavor by high schools, colleges, and the College Board to
provide highly motivated students the challenge and opportunity to earn college credit during their high school
years. Performance on the AP US History National Exam determines a student’s eligibility to earn college credit.
Course curriculum, materials, and expectations are designed to prepare students for success with the challenging
three-hour exam. Students may also elect to take the course as Dual Credit through North Harris Montgomery
Community College. The overall purpose of this course, however, extends beyond the possibility of earning college
credit by providing students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will form a foundation for their
continued educational endeavors.
III. Course Description
AP United States History is a college-level survey course which develops an understanding of the main themes in
American history including political and diplomatic, intellectual and cultural, and social and economic history.
Using a college-level textbook, this course begins with the first European explorations of North America and
concludes with the decade of the 1990s. Analyzing historical evidence is integrated into the chronologically ordered
whole picture of United States history. Students will learn to interpret and synthesize a variety of historical resources
and develop the ability to use documentary material, maps, statistical tables, pictorial and graphic evidence of
historical events. Students should be able to express themselves with clarity and precision.
IV. Course Format
This course will be taught in a lecture/discussion format, employing the socratic method with ample
opportunity for discussion. This is a reading-intensive course. Accordingly, sudents are strongly urged to
prepare for class by reading the assigned material before each class meeting and to become actively
involved in the lectures and discussions by providing relevant comments, questions, and answers.
V. Exams and Quizzes
Each six weeks students will take a variety of objective exams covering material from the textbook,
supplemental readings, discussions, documentaries, and lectures. Exams measure not only how well a
student can answer basic factual information but also one’s ability to understand concepts and retain
information over time. The design of each exam will be multiple-choice and/or essay prompts. Usually a
test review sheet and essay questions will be released prior to the exam. With essays, students will typically
have a choice of two topics and will write on one. Several short open note quizzes are also given to
measure each student’s understanding of the assigned reading.
VI. “Extra Credit”
There will be a variety of extra credit opportunities throughout the school year, please refer to the class
webpage for more information.
VII. Semester Exams and Class Participation
Students taking the course for Dual Credit must take the semester exams. The instructor also reserves the
right to require all AP students sit for the semester exams.
Make up exams will be given for those students who miss the scheduled exam on a specific date after
school. Students must have had an excused absence to be eligible to take the make up exam. Those
students who wish may take the make up exam to raise their grade on that exam for a maximum grade of an
Participation points can be earned during each grading period. A student may earn cumulative points during
each class meeting by taking an active leadership role in explaining a concept or problem and/or engaging
in a dialogue of historical significance. Overall, the participation grade will be based on attentiveness, note
taking, quality and quantity of discussion, and attendance.
Students should visit the teacher website every few days for important updates and notices of the
appropriate list and outline to print. Among other items, the website contains the syllabus, semester course
calendar, all the chapter lists, lecture outlines, test reviews, film and book review requirements, as well as
Grades are based on a total 100-point system per six-week grading period.
Category Percentage District Grade Scale
Major 70 A = 90-100
Minor 30 B = 80-89
C = 75-79
D = 70-74
F = less than 70