Parent / Student Course Information SOCIAL STUDIES ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY GRADE 11 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 department. COURSE DESCRIPTION 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. PREREQUISITE World Geography, World History to 1500 A.D., World History since 1500 A.D. or Advanced Placement European History or 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) SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS 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 SKILLS bias - 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 maps - Making and interpreting special purpose maps - Determining distance and direction on maps Problem-Solving/Decision-Making Skills - 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 MISSION STATEMENT The Virginia Beach City Public Schools, in partnership with the entire community, will empower every student to become a life- long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community. DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 2512 George Mason Drive P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0038 The Virginia Beach City Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy and childbirth, or marital status. School Board policies and supporting regulation (Policies 2-33, 4-4, 5-7, and 6-7 and Regulation 5-44.1) provide equal access to courses, programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials, and extracurricular activities. Violations of these policies should be reported to the Director of Student Leadership at (757) 263-2020 or the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at (757) 263-1133. Alternative formats of this publication which may include taped, Braille, or large print materials are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Call or write The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Secondary Instructional Services, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 2512 George Mason Drive, P.O. Box 6038, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0038, Telephone (757) 263-1070 or (757) 263-1429, fax (757) 263-1412.
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