AP U.S. History (2012) Quarter 1 Syllabus: Unit 1
Note: All reading and written assignments are DUE on the date indicated. Any necessary changes will be posted
on the instructor’s website and announced in class.
Mon. Aug. 20 Discussion of Summer Reading: Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World,
Edited by Eric Foner
Tues. Aug. 21 The Atlantic World and Global Interactions
Due Today: Read David E. Stannard, “The American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of
the New World” in Portrait of America, Vol. I. Take notes (thesis/contentions/evidence).
Wed. Aug. 22 English Colonization and Jamestown
Due Today: Read text pp. 42 – 49.
Thurs. Aug. 23 Characteristics of Settlement
Due Today: Read text: pp. 53 – 61.
Fri. Aug. 24 The Influence of Puritanism
Due today: Read text pp. 61 – 74.
Mon. Aug. 27 Attempts at Unity and Colonial Wars
Due Today: Read text pp. 74 – 85.
Tues. Aug. 28 The Development of Democracy in Colonial America
Due Today: Read text: pp. pp. 87 – 95.
Wed. Sept. 1 Characteristics of Colonial Society
Due Today: Read text: pp. 95 – 105.
Thurs. Sept. 2 The Colonies in 1750; Early Colonial Conflict
Due Today: Read text pp. 105 – 117.
Fri. Sept. 3 Discussion of outside readings.
Due Today: Read "From These Beginnings" by Page Smith OR "Black People in a White
People's Country" by Gary B. Nash in Portrait of America
Tues. Sept. 4 UNIT I MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM
Wed. Sept. 5 UNIT 1 FRQ
Please Note: Multiple Choice exams will include information from ALL of the following: text reading,
Portrait articles, class notes, class discussions, and video clips (where applicable). For the
first FRQ, you will be given four possible questions; the “role of the die” will determine
which question each class will answer!