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					Advanced Placement United States History
Emmett Walsh-Room 2153

Course Overview/Description
The Advanced Placement program in United States History is designed to provide
students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to think critica lly with
the problems and materials of United States history. The course prepares students for
intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to
those made by full year introductory college survey courses. In this pursuit, the
acquisition of factual knowledge is the beginning point of the process, not the end.
Students will learn to interpret and evaluate the relative significance of primary and
secondary source material, and to present their evidence and conclusions cle arly and
persuasively in an essay format.

Basic and Supplementary Texts
*Basic Text-The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People (6 th Edition), Paul
*Supplemental Text-United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement
Examination, Amsco Publications

*Three Ring Binder
*Loose Leaf Paper
*Blue/Black Ink Pens (For Essay Writing)
*Colored Pens/Pencils

Grades are figured on a cumulative point basis. At the end of the reporting period, the
grade average is determined by dividing the total points possible by points earned. The
following criteria will be used to evaluate students:
*Unit Objective Tests
*Free Response and DBQ Essays
*Take Home Tests
*Daily Reading Checks
*Review Quizzes
*Mini Research Assignments

Tests and Essays
Unit tests consist of a multiple choice section and an essay section of a greater weight.
Each test is likely to cover a significant greater volume of material than many students
have previously experienced. These tests will emphasize factual information, multiple
causation/multiple outcome, and the concept of change over time and will require
students to interpret and evaluate the events of history and support their conclusions with
relevant specific factual information. In addition to test essays, additional in class or out
of class essays will be required. Some mandatory take home tests are required with the
major units of study. Students may use their textbooks on take home tests but are to work
independently with no sharing of information allowed between students

Homework will consist almost exclusively of reading assignments, with an occasional
outside essay. Students are responsible for completing and mastering assignments on

Honor Code
Students will abide by the honor code statement “I have neither given nor received help
on this assignment” for all assignments. Violations of the honor code pledge will result
in a zero for the assignment and potential loss of status in honor societies. Examples of
violations of this policy include, but are not limited to, giving or receiving help on any in
class or take home test, essay, or quiz, plagiarism of material on take home essays, and
the discussion of any quiz, test, reading check, or essay questions with students who have
not yet completed that assignment.

National Advanced Placement Examination
The Advanced Placement Program of the College Board affords students the opportunity
to receive college credit for AP classes by successfully passing a national examination
offered on Friday, May 6 at 8:00 am. The AP United States History Examination
consists of eighty multiple choice questions, one document based essay question, and two
free response essay questions. Time allotted for the AP United States History Exam is
three hours and five minutes (55 minutes for the multiple choice section and 130 minutes
for the essay section, the essay section begins with a mandatory 15 minute reading
period). Students not taking the AP exam will have their final grade lowered by one
letter grade on their report card and final transcript; therefore, it is essential students take
the AP Exam. The cost of an AP exam is $87.00.

Note to Parents
We are pleased to have your son/daughter enrolled in Advanced Placement United States
History. The course attempts to develop higher level critical thinking skills by
emphasizing analysis and evaluation, largely through the writing of formal essays. As a
parent, you need to take into account that this course may differ from traditional honors
and seminar courses. AP US History is designed to be taught at the college level and is
difficult and demanding for many high school students. Please keep this in mind when
you establish expectations for your child’s performance. Our primary objective is the
improvement of student information processing skills, with an emphasis on improving
their ability to analyze and evaluate the relative significance of historical data, and a
corresponding ability to express those ideas through the written word. Please continue to
have high expectations for your child while being supportive and understanding of the
fact they are being asked to perform at a higher level than they’ve been accustomed to in
the past.
Contact Info
Please feel free to contact me any time concerning your child’s progress.
*Career Center-727-8181

AP US History Units of Study
Unit 1: Exploration-French and Indian War (1763) (3 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 1-4; Amsco-Chapters 1-4

Unit 2: Treaty of Paris (1763)-Ratification of Constitution (1789) (3 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer- Chapters 5-6; Amsco-Chapters 5-6

Unit 3: Early National- Era of Good Feelings (1825) (3 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 7-9; Amsco-Chapters 6-9

Unit 4: Age of Jackson-Manifest Destiny (1850) (3.5 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 10-13; Amsco-Chapters 10-12

Unit 5: Causes of Civil War-Reconstruction (1877) (3 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 14-16; Amsco-Chapters 13-15

Unit 6: Gilded Age-Populism (1896) (3.5 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 17-20 Amsco-Chapters 16-19

Unit 7: New Imperialism-World War I (1919) (3.5 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 21-22; Amsco-Chapters 20-22

Unit 8: 1920’s-New Deal (1938) (3 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 23-24; Amsco-Chapters 23-24

Unit 9: World War II-1960 (4 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 25-27; Amsco-Chapters 25-27

Unit 10: 1960-Present (4 Weeks)
Required Readings: Boyer-Chapters 28-32; Amsco-Chapters 28-30

Themes in AP US History
*The themes listed below are designed to encourage students to think conceptually about
the American past and to focus on historical change over time.

*The themes are not presented in any order of importance; rather, they are in alphabetical
order. These ideas may serve as unifying concepts to help students synthesize material
and place the history of the United States into larger analytical contexts.
*Students should feel free to develop their own course themes as they look at the
American past through a variety of lenses and examine US History from multiple

   1. American Diversity-the roles of race, class, ethnicity, and gender in the history of
       the United States
   2. American Identity-recognizing regional differences within the context of what it
       means to be an American
   3. Culture-diverse individual and collective expressions through literature, art,
       philosophy, music, theater, and film throughout US History
   4. Demographic Changes-changes in birth, marriage, and death rates; life
       expectancy and family patterns; population size and density; the economic, social,
       and political effects of immigration, internal migration, and migration networks
   5. Economic Transformations-changes in trade, commerce, and technology across
       time; the effects of capitalist development, labor and unions, and consumerism
   6. Environment-ideas about the consumption and conservation of natural resources;
       the impact of population growth, industrialization, pollution, and urban and
       suburban expansion
   7. Globalization-engagement with the rest of the world from the fifteenth century to
       the present; colonialism, mercantilism, global hegemony, development of markets,
       imperialism, and cultural exchange
   8. Politics and Citizenship-colonial and revolutionary legacies, American political
       traditions, growth of democracy, and the development of the modern state;
       defining citizenship, struggles for civil rights
   9. Reform-diverse movements focusing on a broad range of issues including
       abolition, education, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights,
       war, public health, and government
   10. Religion-the variety of religious beliefs and practices in America from prehistory
       to the twenty-first century; influence of religion on politics, economics, and
   11. Slavery and its Legacies in North America-systems of slave labor and other forms
       of unfree labor; the economics of slavery and its racial dimensions; patterns of
       resistance and the long term economic, political, and social effects of slavery
   12. War and Diplomacy- impact of wars on American foreign policy as well as on
       politics, the economy, and society