AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

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This course can help prepare students who wish to continue their social studies education after high school, as well as students who wish to perform exceptionally well on the SAT exam. The level of aptitude in this subject will assist students wishing to excel on the SAT and in college courses.

According to the College Board’s website, AP US History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US history. It should prepare students for entry level and intermediate level history courses on the college level. While there is no prerequisite for AP US History, students should make sure that they are prepared for the course load associated with an Advanced Placement History course. Most social studies classes include extensive readings of both textbooks and case studies. Students should be prepared to both read and analyze what they read in order to apply it to the class. 

Students will also learn to use study notes and other study techniques in conjunction with such AP US History textbooks as The American Pageant, United States History, and America: Past and Present. We will be using The American Pageant textbook and all of its resources.

Students taking AP US History or any other Advanced Placement course should keep in mind that taking advanced classes requires a higher level of commitment than other high school classes. Students that commit themselves to their coursework and do well in their classes will see a huge payoff in both their SAT scores as well as their college preparedness level.

Students that wish to get accepted into more prestigious or highly-selective schools should definitely look into taking AP courses. Advanced Placement courses not only set students apart through their transcripts, but they can also give students an extra boost when thinking about what kind of courses they want to take in college. They can also earn college credit while still in high school, saving valuable time, money, and headaches. Most importantly, they can also aid students in developing the study habits they need to succeed over the course of their college career and give students valuable skills that they can use both in and out of the classroom. 

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STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:
BE ADVISED THAT THESE EXPECTATIONS WERE DEVELOPED ON AN AVERAGE OF STUDY TIME FOR A CHAPTER PER WEEK PACE THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. 
RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM

1 - Read 30-60 pages in your textbook per week; NOT INCLUDING ANY SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS

2 - Outline or take notes on each chapter, FROM CLASS DISCUSSION AND ON YOUR OWN

3 - Establish relationships among facts & be able to formulate concepts & generalizations about events, people, & ideas in American History, ALMOST EACH CLASS DAY WILL INCLUDE DISCUSSION TOPIC QUESTIONS AND STUDENT DRIVEN LESSONS; I AM HEAR TO FACILITATE YOUR LEARNING

4 - Understand & analyze primary sources including documents, cartoons, charts, & graphs, A NECESSARY SKILL IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE DBQ AS WELL AS "BE IN THE TIME"

5 - Think historically! That is determine validity, point of view, bias; weigh evidence, evaluate conflicting positions, & make inferences, OFTEN THE MOST DIFFICULT TO DO, BUT WITH PRACTICE CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED

6 - Create a proper thesis statement and write coherent, persuasive, analytic essay answers about historical problems that satisfy the APUSH writing rubrics and address the necessary historical thinking skills required,  A SKILL THAT WILL BE PRACTICED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, BUT WILL REQUIRE SELF ASSESSMENT IN ORDER TO DEVELOP SKILLS TO NECESSARY LEVEL


**There are NO SHORT CUTS IN AP!! Your review of the information should be regular& consistent. 
Keep that in mind.

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES AND YOUTUBE LINKS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH
http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/
http://www.apushreview.com/
https://www.apstudynotes.org/us-history/

MANY OF THESE VIDEOS APPEAR ON THE CHAPTER WEBPAGES
https://www.youtube.com/user/JoczProductions
https://www.youtube.com/user/hughesDV
https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

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