Advanced Placement American History by hcj


									                                Advanced Placement American History
                                     History 140 and 141- JCCC

Instructor Information:
Rebecca Anthony
Phone: 913-993-7364
Office: Room 134: Monday-Friday 7:20-7:35 and 2:45-3:20, also by appointment

Course Description and Expectations:
        This course will explore the history of the United States from the age of exploration through the
modern day. Rather than simply ―covering‖ this material, students will uncover the complexities of
American political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual history through a variety of activities,
projects, writing assignments, and reading assignments. This course is not designed for students to
memorize names and dates for a test, but rather to gain a deeper understanding of the relationships
between events and decisions and be able to analyze these historical moments and draw conclusions
about their role in American history. As a class we will seek to learn the process of ―doing‖ history as
well as to become familiar with important themes and ideas in historiography—the study of the
interpretation of history and the work of important American historians. Your success in this class
will depend heavily on your individual effort, preparation, and willingness to work hard in order to
not only further your knowledge of American history, but your reading, writing, and critical thinking

        The content of this course will meet the guidelines for both Advanced Placement and College
Now curriculum, and as such, my expectations for your work are high. It is imperative that students
and parents alike realize that this is a college-level course, not just a high school course that
students can receive college credit in. I will expect all students in an Advanced Placement course to
be prepared to do the work. Students will be expected to utilize higher level thinking skills and we will
be doing college level work through our reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. By the end
of the school year I hope you are better prepared for not only the rest of your high school career, but
for the challenges you will face in college classrooms.

       This course will focus heavily on reading, writing, and discussion as ways to improve your
understanding of American history. Reading the assigned chapters in the textbook is ESSENTIAL
for students to be successful in both this course and on the AP exam. Reading quizzes will be given
over the assigned chapters to encourage students to stay on track. We are going to cover a great deal
of material in this class, and I would encourage all students, especially those planning on taking the
AP exam to take notes and/or outline the chapters as they read them. This will provide invaluable
study material in May! You will need either a spiral notebook or a three-ring binder to keep your
lecture and discussion notes in for this course.

       The primary text is America: Past and Present AP* Edition (New York: Pearson/Longman,
2005) by Divine, Breen, Frederickson, Williams, Gross and Brands. While this textbook is incredibly
heavy, it is readable and will be an invaluable source of information throughout the year. Again, I
cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping up with the assigned reading. There is a vast
amount of information for us to grapple with in a short amount of time, and you will be held
responsible for information that was assigned in the textbook but not covered in class.
The following is a book that I recommend you purchase either over the summer or very early in the
school year-- United States History—Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination,
Second Edition, 2010 Revision by John J. Newman and John M. Schmalbach. It is available
through the publisher ( for $17.35 and on usually for less. The
1998 version will work as well, and will likely be cheaper. I would like for you to purchase this book
for a few reasons:
    1) It is a nice, concise review book for the AP Exam
    2) We will use it in conjunction with your textbook this year and if you have your own copy you
        will be able to annotate and highlight as needed.
    3) There is an enormous amount of information we have to cover in 9 months—with this book, we
        will be able to select some material to move through very quickly which is possible with this
        book simply because of how it is organized and written
    4) At the end of each chapter, there are practice multiple-choice questions, which will help you
        grow accustomed to the AP-style of test questions. I use this style of questions almost
        exclusively on our unit exams, and the more practice you have with them, the better you will do
        on tests!
    5) I do have a limited amount of these books that I can check out to you for the year if you cannot
        purchase your own. However, you will not be able to annotate them and since they are
        paperback, if they are damaged you would be responsible for paying for a new copy.

There will be ten to twelve major units in this course. It will be taught through lectures, class
discussion, primary source analysis, and individual and group projects and research. These methods
will form the basis for essay and multiple-choice evaluations for unit and semester exams. Exams in
this course will be modeled after the AP exam so students become familiar with its style of multiple
choice and essay questions. Students will also complete several Document Based Questions (DBQs)
and Free Response Questions (FRQs) throughout the course in order to prepare for the AP exam.

Course Objectives:
Throughout this course in American history students will:
         Learn, understand, and be able to analyze key people and events in US history
         Be able to analyze and evaluate the complex nature of US history
         Gain a deeper understanding of racial, gender, and cultural issues and the role they play
            in US history
         Develop higher level thinking, reading, writing, and discussion skills
         Learn to ―be‖ a historian and analyze primary source documents and form arguments
            based on the information in them
         Become familiar with historiography and the different arguments made by historians

      Grades are determined by the total amount of points earned. The source of your grades may

      A.        Unit exams—Tests will usually cover three chapters and will be composed of multiple
                choice, short identification, and essay questions.
      B.        Quizzes over the assigned reading material
      C.        Essays—You will write an essay every few weeks, and I will grade them according to
                the AP Exam grading rubric.
      D.        Homework, group work, discussion board postings, and projects
      E.        Contribution to the success of the class grade. This is similar to a
participation grade, but does not rely solely on your ability to speak up in discussions. This grade will
reflect the extent to which you contributed to the learning experiences of your fellow classmates.
Factors in this grade include attendance, participation in class discussions, asking thoughtful
questions, listening to ideas of others with respect, coming to class prepared, appropriate behavior,
and showing respect to your classmates and the teacher.

Your grades will be weighted according to the following scale:
     Exams: 35%
     Homework: 20%
     Quizzes: 15%
     Essays: 20%
     Contribution to the Success of the Class: 10%

Overall grading will follow this scale:   100%-90%= A
                                          79%-70%= C
                                          69%-60%= D
                                          59% -0%=F

***Something to keep in mind about your grade—only A’s and B’s get the grade point bump, C’s and
below will go on your transcript as that and without any extra weight

      Preparation, participation, and homework are essential to being successful in this class. All
assignments are due at the beginning of class unless you are given other directions.

               LATE WORK: If you turn in an assignment late, I will deduct 50% from your grade.
You will have a MAXIMUM of ONE WEEK to turn in a late assignment. Once a week passes, you
will receive a zero. If you were absent from class, I will follow school attendance policies with regard
to late work and absences.

        Make up work is YOUR responsibility. You will have double the amount of time you were
absent if gone for less than a week to make up work from an EXCUSED absence. This class will move
at a fast pace, so if you are absent be sure to talk with me about what you missed as soon as possible.

order to benefit from extra credit opportunities, you MUST have all your work turned

       TEST MAKE UP: If you are absent the day of the test, you will need to make the test up
within one week, otherwise you will receive a zero. All makeup tests will be essay tests, so
please keep this in mind before missing class simply because you do not feel like taking a test. If you
know in advance that you are going to be absent due to school activities, family obligations, etc.,
please let me know and you may take the multiple-choice/short answer test ahead of time.

       Attendance and punctuality are going to be critical to your success in this class. A great deal of
learning takes place in the classroom through discussion and your questions. If you are not here then
you cannot benefit from this. Tardiness is disruptive to the class and will be taken seriously. I will
follow the school’s tardy policy and if it is a continuous problem it will have a negative impact on your
contribution to the success of the class grade.
Student Responsibilities:
   Since this is a class that you have chosen to take at an advanced level I will expect you to be
prepared to do the work, and to do it without objection. I expect you to come to class prepared and
ready to participate. Your preparation will increase the potential the class has to come to greater
understanding of American history. I expect that every student will respect the instructor and all
members of the class. Rudeness and disrespect will absolutely not be tolerated. You also need to be
conscientious of the academic integrity of your work. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind will
not be tolerated or dealt with gently. Claiming credit for work that is not your own is cheating
regardless of whether it is a small homework assignment, a research paper, or an exam. Any student
(s) found cheating will be given a zero on that assignment and be referred for disciplinary action. I
also expect you to extend respect to the classroom and the building. Please pick up your trash and
help maintain the cleanliness of the classroom.

College Credit:
   There are two ways to earn college credit for this course. You may choose to do both methods.
One way is through the College Now program offered through Johnson County Community College.
A student must enroll and pay fees each semester in order to receive three hours of college credit for
that semester. These credits transfer to all Kansas schools and to many others. The second way to
receive college credit is by taking the AP exam in May. The cost is $86 per exam. Students can
register in March if they choose to take the exam. Limited class time will be devoted to review for the
exam, however I will hold review sessions outside of the school day during the fourth quarter. The AP
exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions from the Colonial Era through the present, two
expository essays, and a Document-Based Question. (DBQ) The only way to get the AP designation on
your transcript is to take the AP exam.

Units of Study:
      I.      The Pre- Columbian Period and Colonial Era to 1763
      II.     The Revolutionary Era and the Early Republic, 1763-1800
      III.    Jeffersonian Ascendancy and Jacksonian Democracy 1801 – 1840
      IV.     Manifest Destiny and Rising Sectionalism 1836 – 1860
      V.      Civil War and Reconstruction
      VI.     An Expanding Empire: The West and Imperialism
      VII.    Industrialization, Urbanization and Progressivism
      VIII.   WWI and the Roaring Twenties
      IX.     The Great Depression, The New Deal, and WWII
      X.      The Cold War and the Affluent 1950s
      XI.     The Turbulent 1960s
      XII.    A Crisis in Confidence and the Republican Resurgence

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