Parent / Student Course Information
ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY
Counselors are available to assist parents and students with course selections and career
planning. Parents may arrange to meet with the counselor by calling the school’s guidance
Advanced Placement United States History is offered to the serious student who desires the
challenge of a college-level course in high school. The course covers American history
from the colonial period to the present and emphasizes the analysis of events and eras.
Extensive reading and writing is required. Students are expected to take the Advanced
Placement History Examination in May. Students who do not take the Advanced Placement
exam will take the United States History Standards of Learning test. College credit may be
granted, subject to the requirements of the college or university.
World Geography, World History to 1500 A.D., World History since 1500 A.D.
Advanced Placement European History
Advanced Placement Human Geography
OPTIONS FOR NEXT COURSE
Virginia and United States Government
Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics
REQUIRED STUDENT TEXTBOOK
The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, 12th edition (D. C. Heath, 2003)
After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, 5th edition (Glencoe McGraw Hill, 2005)
The teacher may choose to supplement the basal textbook with materials to extend and
enrich the students’ understanding of course topics. These materials may be drawn from
daily newspapers, periodicals, television and other visual media, primary source documents,
simulations, and computer programs.
For more information on this or any other Advanced Placement course, visit College Board
Online at www.collegeboard.org.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Department of Curriculum and Instruction
CIS-0080 – (Revised 6/09)
THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ATTITUDES THAT COMPRISE THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED
STATES HISTORY COURSE ARE SUMMARIZED AS FOLLOWS FROM THE PRESCRIBED CURRICULUM:
TOPICS OF STUDY
APUS.11.1 Identify major time periods in United States
history, and describe their distinctive social, APUS.11.14 Construct charts, maps, time lines, and
economic, political, and cultural or tables to organize or depict data and
intellectual characteristics. information related to historical trends and
APUS.11.2 Trace the development of the social, developments in United States history.
economic, political, and cultural or APUS.11.15 Interpret and draw conclusions from varied
intellectual institutions, beliefs, and primary and secondary sources of
practices that characterize the American information related to events and
people and nation. developments in United States history
APUS.11.3 Recognize the patterns and relationships (documents, historical interpretations,
among the events, developments, and trends maps, charts, graphs, political cartoons,
in historical periods (conflict and consensus, film, art, and literature)
change and continuity, and centrifugal and APUS.11.16 Assess the validity and reliability of
centripetal forces). primary and secondary sources related to
APUS.11.4 Evaluate the impact of United States history United States history.
on other world regions and international APUS.11.17 Use the decision-making or problem-
relations. solving processes to evaluate key decisions
APUS.11.5 Define historical terms, and use them to and turning points in United States history.
describe or explain developments in United APUS.11.18 Create effective thematic essays,
States history. document-based essays, and oral or written
APUS.11.6 Identify the individuals and groups whose reports on historical issues related to
actions, achievements, and ideas influenced United States history.
the development of United States history, APUS.11.19 Express personal convictions and ideas,
and explain the significance of their and respect those of others.
contributions. APUS.11.20 Work cooperatively with classmates to
APUS.11.7 Identify major events and developments in accomplish tasks and solve problems.
United States history, and explain their APUS.11.21 Recognize the power of an individual to
historical significance. make a difference, and use individual
APUS.11.8 Identify major conflicts in United States power to advance justice and equality in
history, determine their causes and effects, daily life.
and evaluate the methods used to resolve APUS.11.22 Manage time and tasks efficiently and
them. productively, and accept responsibility for
APUS.11.9 Identify major periods of artistic, cultural, class work and personal behavior.
and intellectual achievements; characterize APUS.11.23 Keep informed on current issues in school,
their distinguishing features; and evaluate community, national, and international
their contributions and accomplishments. affairs.
APUS.11.10 Examine art, music, and literature as APUS.11.24 Participate in class, school, and community
aesthetic, cultural, and historical events and projects.
expressions, and investigate the relationship
between the arts and society. CITIZENSHIP GOALS
APUS.11.11 Evaluate the role of location and
environment on the historical development Appreciating their place in the continuity of our
of the United States. nation's history
APUS.11.12 Identify the physical features, Respecting the rights, property, beliefs, and opinions
environmental characteristics, and of others
subregions of the United States and locate Appreciating the American cultural heritage and
them on a map. valuing its principles, beliefs, and freedoms
APUS.11.13 Identify historically significant sites and Treating others with courtesy and respect
political divisions in periods of United Accepting responsibility for completing assignments
States history, and locate them on a map of Valuing the worth and dignity of all individuals
the United States or the world. Showing reason and mutual respect in resolving
conflicts through compromise or consensus
Accepting the rights and responsibilities of citizenship Critical Thinking Skills
Keeping informed on current issues and events - Distinguishing between causes and effects
Participating in school and community activities - Distinguishing between fact and opinion,
recognizing propaganda, and detecting author
- Assessing the validity of differing historical
Study Skills interpretations
- Taking organized and useful notes from lectures, - Recognizing patterns in history and using them
discussions, and various printed sources of to predict future developments
information Communication Skills
- Using varied and diverse sources of information - Preparing oral and written reports, projects, and
when researching a topic or issue presentations
- Preparing a bibliography - Contributing ideas and suggestions to class
Chart/Graph Skills discussion
- Drawing inferences from charts, graphs, tables, - Reading for a variety of purposes: critically,
and time lines analytically, to predict outcomes, to answer
- Using charts, graphs, and tables to organize, questions, to form opinions, and to skim for
display, and depict historical data facts
- Making and interpreting cartoons reflecting - Restating major ideas of a complex topic in
varied points of view concise form
Map/Globe Skills - Writing papers analyzing historical issues or
- Locating historic and contemporary sites on topics
- Making and interpreting special purpose maps
- Determining distance and direction on maps
- Applying the problem-solving process to
investigate key decisions and turning points in
United States History
- Evaluating the decision making and problem
solving of key historical leaders
- Identifying alternative courses of action and
predicting likely consequences
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long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community.
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