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Course Description: This course uses diverse historical concepts and events as the context for discussing, and then writing about, important issues in U.S. History. This course also stresses critical thinking, evaluation, and especially writing as the main requirements for passing. The course requires you to take notes on lectures and assigned readings. It also requires you to complete several writing assignments on class work as well as writing a research paper. For optimum success in this class students are required to read this selected textbook.
AP U.S. History: Beginning with the changes to the format of the 2015 exam, students are required to apply historical thinking skills and knowledge of content as they respond, in writing, to new short-answer, document-based, and essay questions. Newly designed multiple-choice questions ask students to use their knowledge of content to analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
Note: There will be TWO (2) Exams associated with this course:
Exam 1: AP U.S. History Exam - Friday, May 8th, 2020 (@ 8:00 a.m.)
Exam 2: N.Y.S. Regents (Core) Exam - Thursday, June 18th, 2020 (@ 8:30 a.m.)
1. Due (9/16/19): Syllabus
2. Due (9/16/19): Register for this class at myap.collegeboard.org
3. Due (9/17/19): Guided Reading Chapters 1-2
4. Due (9/24/19): Guided Reading Ch. 3
9/9/19: US Map + Citizenship Test (Periods 2, 4, 5 & 7)
9/10-12/19: Chapter 1 Notes + Primary Source: Columbus and the Taino Genocide
9/13/19: Columbian Exchange Group Activity
9/16/19: Chapter 2 Notes + Primary Source: The Headright System
9/17/19: Chapter 3 Notes + Primary Source: The Difference Between A Pilgrim and a Puritan
9/18/19: Test Review Chapters 1-3
9/19/19: Chapters 1-3 Test
9/20/19: Video Assessment; On Colonial America
10/9/19: Test Review Chapters 4-6
10/10/19: Chapters 4-6 Test