AP U.S. Rubrics

Reading Assignments

This being an Advanced Placement social studies course, reading is essential and reading assignments will be given often. Prepare for 30 to 60 minutes of reading per assignment. This is a college level course, therefore the material and expectations are also that of a college level. 


After each assigned reading be prepared for a quiz the following class. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class, either orally or through the use of the Kahoot website. Quizzes will be based on not just the content, but also maps, charts and key terms. 

Current Events

1. While watching the news in class, choose just one event you wish to further research. Write down important information (date, location, important people, etc) so that you will be able to find two other legitimate sources on that very same story. Examples of legitimate sources would be accredited news agencies such as The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press, etc. 

2. Write a brief summary explaining who, what, where, and when of the event after reading each source.

3. In detail, compare and contrast the event and how each may or may not have reported the same information (statistics/facts), same context, same audience, the tone of the articles, and any other similarities or differences that you might have noticed.

4. Finally, create a Venn diagram comparing the current event with one similar that has occurred in United States history. Include time frame, historical figures, social responses, political processes, etc.

5. Attach links of the articles to your current event assignment. Failure to do so will result in one grade lower.

*Even if class is missed and a current even is due, you are still held responsible. below is the link to access CNN student news.