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 Adv. Placement United States History

 Welcome to Advanced Placement United States History!

AP US Syllabus 2012-2013.pdf

Week of 8/27/12:  For Monday, please bring your book to class. For Tuesday, please read "The Strange Death of Silas Deane" For Wednesday, please read Out of Many (OOM) pages 4-19.  This should feel like review from AP World History.  Be prepared to discuss North America prior to European contact.  For Thursday, please read OOM, pages 20-25 and be prepared to discuss. Nothing new for Friday, but please read all of chapter 2 ("When Worlds Collide" pages 32-53) by the time you return on Tuesday.  Some of this should also feel like review from AP World.

Week of 9/4/12:  For Tuesday, please come to class prepared to discuss OOM chapter 2, "When Worlds Collide."  We will also read and discuss Bartolome de Las Casas. For Wednesday, please prepare for a test on OOM chapters 1 and 2.  For Thursday, please read OOM, pages 60-76 and be prepared to discuss the early European colonies in North America.  For Friday, please finish the chapter, pages 76-84. Over the weekend, please read this chapter from After the Fact, "The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem."

Week of 9/10/12:  For Monday, read the article on Salem.  For Tuesday, please read OOM, pages 92-101 on the African slave trade.  For Wednesday, please read OOM, pages 101-112.  For Thursday, please read OOM, pages 113-122.  For Friday, please begin chapter 5 of OOM by reading pages 130-145.  Over the weekend, please finish the chapter by reading pages 145-157.  We will have a test on colonial North America and the development of slavery in North America (chapters 3-5) on Tuesday of next week.

As promised, here is the assignment for the summer reading that wasn't.  You will each read a book and write a book review.  I have expanded the list of books slightly, after removing Prof. Ulrich's book (since we watched the DVD adaptation). Please read the assignment carefully, posted here Book Review Assignment US.docBook Review Assignment US.doc and then ask me any questions you may have!  Book discussions will take place on January 31 and book reviews will be due on February 7.

Week of 9/17/12:  For Monday, please finish chapter 5, "The Cultures of Colonial North America."  For Tuesday, please prepare for a test on colonial North America and the development of slavery (chapters 3-5).  This will be multiple choice and essay.  For Wednesday, please read pages 163-173 on the French and Indian War.  For Thursday, please read 173-186.  For Friday, please finish the chapter by reading pages 186-194.  Over the weekend, please read "Declaring Independence" from After the Fact. 

Week of 9/24/12:  For Monday, please read "Declaring Independence."  For Tuesday, please read pages 202-217.  For Wednesday, please read 217-229.  For Thursday, no new reading, but come to class prepared to take a multiple choice (only) "half-test" on chapters 6 and 7.  For Friday: please read pages 238-246.  Over the weekend, please read 246-262.  By Wednesday of next week you will have to read Linda Kerber's article on Republican Motherhood.  In case you need to plan ahead to complete a longer reading, "Republican Mother" by Linda Kerber, available on JSTOR.

Week of 10/1/12:  For Monday, please read pages 246-262.  For Tuesday, begin reading "The Republican Mother" by Linda Kerber.   For Wednesday, no new reading, but please finish Kerber's article. For Thursday, bring your completed (and hopefully typed!) reading quiz replacement to class.  Yes, I know if was a lot of work.  It's good for you.  We will write a DBQ in class (summative) and discuss the article on Friday.  For Friday, please read pages 277-290 and be prepared to discuss Kerber's article. Please note that we skipped the first few pages of chapte 9, that's alright.  Over the weekend, please finish the chapter by reading pages 290-302. (Finish chapter 9)

 Week of 10/10/12:  For Wednesday, please read pages 290-302.  To be clear, this means you have finished chapter 9. For Thursday, no new reading.  For Friday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 8 and 9.  Also, please note, you must tell me which book you are reading for the book review assignment, by November 1st.  This may require a bit of effort on your part, because you must obtain a copy of one of the books.  I am willing to lend mine out in one week intervals, but I only have a one or two copies of each book. Good luck!  Come talk to me THIS WEEK if you are having trouble finding a copy of one of the books. Over the weekend, please begin the chapter on the South and Slavery by reading pages 310-321.

Week of 10/15/12:  For Monday, please read pages 310-321.  For Tuesday, please read pages 321-328.  For Wednesday, please read pages 328-340.  For Thursday, please read George Fitzhugh's defense of slavery. For Friday, please prepare to write an in-class essay on the South and Slavery.  Over the weekend, please read 348-357.

Week of 10/22/12:  For Monday, please read 348-357.  For Tuesday, please read 357-369.  For Wednesday, please read 369-375.  For Thursday, no new reading, but you may want to begin the reading for Friday.  For Friday,  please read "Jackson's Frontier--and Turner's" from After the Fact. If you miss class Friday, please write a brief summary/analysis of the reading. Over the weekend, please read 382-390. 

Week of 10/29/12:  For Monday, please read pages 382-390.  For Tuesday, please read pages 390-399. For Wednesday, please read pages 399-411.  For Thursday, please be sure you are ready to tell me what book you are reading for your book review assignment due in 2013!  (See assignment posted above.) For Friday, please prepare for a test on chapters 11 and 12.  Over the weekend, please read 418-431.

Week of 11/5/12:  For Monday, please read pages 418-431.  For Tuesday, please read pages 431-442.  For Wednesday, please read pages 442-448.  For Thursday, please read the opening vignette to chapter 14 (pages 456-457) and then look at the maps on pages 460-461 in order to review early westward expansion and Indian removal.  Continue your reading with "The Politics of Expansion" found on pages 462-472.  For Friday, please read pages 472-476 (so short!). Also, please read the brief source on Manifest Destiny. Over the weekend, please finish the chapter by reading pages 477-484.

Week of 11/13/12:  For Tuesday, please read 477-484.  For Wednesday, please prepare for a test on chapters 13 and 14.  For Thursday, please read pages 492-496 (short again!).  For Friday, please read pages 496-504.  Over the weekend, please read "The Madness of John Brown" from After the Fact.

(Short) Week of 11/19/12:  For Tuesday, please read pages 505-515. As usual, I have assigned no specific work over break. But you may want to take this opportunity to read that "summer" reading book if you haven't already done so. Revisit the assignment posted above if you have any questions. Enjoy your few days away from school! 

Week of 11/26/12: For Monday, welcome back! For Tuesday, please read pages 515-522. For Wednesday, please read pages 530-541. For Thursday, please read pages 541-549. For Friday, please read 549-555. Over the weekend, please read 555-561. There will be a test on chapters 15 and 16 next week.

Week of 12/3/12: For Monday, please read pages 555-561. For Tuesday, please prepare for a test on chapters 15 and 16. This will be m/c and essay. For Wednesday, please read pages 568-579. For Thursday, please read pages 579-592. For Friday, please read pages 592-598. Over the weekend, no new reading.

Week of 12/10/12: For Monday, no new reading. We will be working in the library on a writing assignment. You will receive a handout in class. Please email me if you have any questions.  For Tuesday, please read pages 606-613. For Wednesday, please read pages 613-622. For Thursday, please read 622-630. For Friday, please read pages 630-639. Over the weekend, please finish your document analysis and historiographical essay that we worked on all week in class. Remember to use "Chicago Manual of Style" footnotes and bibliography. Citation guides are available online if you search for them. Again, email me if you have questions.

Week of 12/17/12: For Monday, please have your document analysis and historiographical essay printed out and ready to hand in to me in hard copy. For Tuesday, please prepare for a test (m/c and short answer) on chapters 17 and 18. For Wednesday, no new reading. For Thursday, be prepared to write a dbq in class. This essay will ask for discussion on a single topic over a broad chronological reach. For Friday, no new reading. Enjoy your break! If you haven't read your book yet, here's your chance!


 WELCOME BACK!!

Week of 1/7/13: I have handed out a reading w/questions and a paper copy of the book review assignment. See me if you did not receive one of these. For Thursday, you must have your annotated copy of the Fields reading, ready to hand in. You may write out your responses to the questions for a reading quiz replacement grade and hand these in before class, if you wish. For Friday and over the weekend, please review for final exams.

Week of 1/14/13: Final exams! Also, please read pages 648-659 over the weekend.

Week of 1/21/13: For Tuesday, please read pages 648-659. For Wednesday, please read pages 659-667. For Thursday, please read pages 667-677. For Friday, no reading from the text. By Monday you should have read all the way through page 700. You will have some time in class to read on Friday. 

 Also, I have finally announced book review due dates. Here they are: Book review due dates: Book discussions will take place on January 31 and book reviews will be due on February 7.

Week of 1/28/13: For Monday, please read through page 700 in your text. For Tuesday, please prepare to write the essay portion of your chapter 19-20 test. The essay will only cover the material through page 700. For Wednesday, please read pages 700-708. For Thursday and Friday, please read pages 708-715.  Also, please prepare 10 thoughtful discussion questions on your book for the book review discussions, which will take place Thursday and Friday. Your questions should be analytical in nature and deal with the argument more than the action of the book. These should be typed and ready to hand in on Thursday. On Friday there will be a short multiple choice half-test on chapters 19 and 20. Over the weekend, write your book review, if you haven't already done so! It is due on Thursday, February 7th.

 By the way, here is the rubric for the book review:

A
B
C
D
Clearly identifies the author’s purpose and overall argument
Identifies the author’s purpose and overall argument
Discusses the author’s purpose and overall argument only generally
Does not identify the author’s purpose and overall argument
Demonstrates sophisticated analysis of the author’s main points
Demonstrates satisfactory analysis of the author’s main points
Primarily summarizes the action of the book with limited analysis of the author's main points
Merely summarizes the action of the book
Smoothly integrates an evaluation of the author's use of evidence into the analysis of the author's main ideas
Evaluates the author’s use of evidence, but does so awkwardly or only briefly
Does not evaluate the author’s use of evidence in a meaningful way
Does not consider use of evidence
Considers how this work fits into the larger field of history
Considers how this work fits into the larger field of history only briefly
Does not consider how this work fits into the larger field of history
Does not consider how this work fits into the larger field of history
Well organized and well written
Clearly organized and written, but not exceptional
Weak organization and writing or improper length
Disorganized and poorly written
Properly formatted paper and footnotes
Some formatting errors
Many formatting errors
Excessive formatting errors or missing footnotes

 

Week of 2/4/13: For Monday, no new reading. Hopefully you have started (or finished!) your book review. Please let me know if you have any questions. For Tuesday, please read pages 722-732. As you read about the Progressive Era in US history, consider whether this was a fundamentally liberal or conservative movement. For Wednesday, please read pages 733-744. For Thursday, please read pages 744-754. Also, your book review is due at the beginning of class. I realize you have both the book review and a reading assignment, but please remember you received the book review assignment in way back in September (!) and I did not give you any reading this past weekend. Also, please remember that if your paper is not in my hand by 2:00pm, it will suffer from a 30% reduction in the grade. I will accept no papers after 2pm on Friday. For Friday and over the weekend, you will read chapter 10 from After the Fact, "USDA Government Inspected." If you are unable to finish during class, you may check out a book over the weekend but beware, we only have thirty copies! Also over the weekend, please read pages 762-769.

Week of 2/11/13: For Monday, have your responses to "USDA Government Inspected" ready to hand in. Also, you should have read pages 762-769 on "progressive diplomacy." For Tuesday, please read pages 769-778. For Wednesday, please read pages 778-789. For Thursday, please read pages 789-793. For Friday, please prepare for a test on chapters 21 and 22 on the Progressive Era and World War I. Over the weekend, please read pages 801-811.

Week of 2/19/13: For Tuesday, please read pages 801-811. For Wednesday, please read pages 811-823. For Thursday, please read pages 824-837. For Friday, please prepare for an in class FRQ on the 1920s. Over the weekend, please read pages 848-853.

Week of 2/25/13: For Monday, please read pages 848-853 (1st hour write FRQ). Also, if you wish to complete a reading quiz replacement, read either chapter 11 or 12 of After the Fact and answer questions (ask me for them). For Tuesday, please read pages 854-862. For Wednesday, please read pages 862-870. For Thursday, please read pages 870-881. For Friday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 23 and 24 (1920s and 1930s). Over the weekend, please read pages 888-898.

Week of 3/5/13: Now adjusted for the snow day....For Wednesday, please read pages 888-898. Also, this is the last day to hand in the reading quiz replacement. Please return the books. We need them for Friday!   For Thursday, please read pages 898-909. For Friday, please read pages 910-922. Over the weekend, please read "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" from After the Fact.

Week of 3/11/13: For Monday, please read the chapter from After the Fact, "The Decision to Drop the Bomb." For Tuesday, please read pages 930-939. For Wednesday, please read pages 939-948. For Thursday, please read pages 948-954. For Friday, please read pages 954-961. Over the weekend, please prepare for a test on chapters 25 and 26.

Week of 3/18/13: REMINDER--AP TEST REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DUE MONDAY 3/18 in the counseling office. For Monday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on WWII and the Cold War (material found in chapters 25 and 26). For Tuesday, please prepare for an essay on that same material. For Wednesday, please read pages 970-979. For Thursday, please read pages 980-987. For Friday, please read pages 987-994. Over the weekend, please read pages 994-1001.

Week of 3/25/13: For Monday, please read pages 994-1001. For Tuesday, please read pages 1008-1024. For Wednesday, please read pages 1024-1035. For Thursday, please read pages 1035-1042. Over the weekend, please prepare for a multiple choice test on chapters 27 and 28.

Week of 4/2/13: For Tuesday, please prepare for a m/c test on chapters 27 and 28. For Wednesday, please read pages 1050-1060. For Thursday, please read pages 1060-1069 AND skim pages 1070-1078. In order to make sure you skimmed properly, be sure you can write out a thoughtful response to the margin question on page 1070. For Friday, please read pages 1078-1087. By the way, this quarter's reading quiz replacement option is to read and answer questions on the chapter, "Breaking into Watergate" from After the Fact. Check out a book and ask me for the questions. It is due on or before April 22. Over the weekend, please read pages 1094-1112. (And yes, we will finish the book next week!)

In case you are interested, you will take your first full College Board m/c when you return from break on Monday, April 22.

Week of 4/8/13: For Monday, please read pages 1094-1112. For Tuesday, please read pages 1112-1128. For Wednesday, please read pages 1136-1146. For Thursday, please read pages 1146-1158. For Friday, please prepare for a multiple choice test on the material in chapters 29, 30, and 31 (up to page 1158). I will give you a packet that represents the final text book reading of the course for your enjoyment over break. The day you return, please be ready to take an entire AP US multiple choice exam.

Important dates for the rest of the year:

April 22-first full m/c (if you score below 70% without the curve, you will need to complete key terms)

April 26-first set of 30 key terms due...you should complete 30 terms each night

April 30-topic for food history project due

May 1, 2, & 3-you will write an essay each day (DBQ, early US, later US--but in no particular order)

May 7-presidents quiz

May 9-second full m/c (this will be part of your final exam grade) ALSO all key terms due by this date

May 15 in the morning- AP US EXAM

May 23-food history bibliography due

May 23 until the end of the year-presentations and papers due, individual dates TBD


 

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