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AP US History

AP U.S. History Syllabus

 

Welcome back to school! I am very excited to be your teacher this year.  This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the AP Exam on May 7, 2010. An emphasis is placed on interpreting documents, mastering a significant body of factual information, and writing critical essays. The course will emphasize a series of key themes throughout the year.

 

The themes will include:

  • discussions of the development of a unique American identity
  • demographic changes over the course of America’s history
  • economic trends and transformations
  • environmental issues
  • the development of political institutions
  • social reform movements
  • the role of religion in the making of the United States and its impact in a multicultural society
  • the history of slavery and its legacies in this hemisphere
  • war and diplomacy
  • the place of the United States in an increasingly global arena

 

AP U.S. History is a challenging course that requires a great deal of work on both your and my parts. Students will be expected to learn and retain information that is not discussed in class, but is a part of their daily readings.  Please feel free to contact me either through e-mail or by phone with questions or concerns throughout the year.

 


Textbook

Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant. 13th ed. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.

 

You will also receive numerous handouts of primary and secondary sources.  It would behoove you to have a three ring notebook in which to place these resources.

 


Grading

 

Each Quarter grade will be determined as follows:

·         tests and projects 45% 

·         quizzes 25%

·         homework 15%

·         class work /participation—15%.

 

Ø  There will be at least two test grades per quarter

Ø  There will be weekly quizzes on the last week’s reading

Ø  Once a week I will check notes from the previous week’s chapters.  This will largely make up your homework grade

 

Ø  CHEATING AND PLAGERISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC ZERO along with a date with the honor committee.  Resubmitted work will not be able to get a higher grade than a 60%

 

Ø  Document-Based Question essays (DBQs) and Essays must be typed (double-spaced) or written in black or blue ink.

·         Essays will vary in length depending on the topic and are graded on content, use of documentary and outside supporting evidence, grammar, spelling, and evidence of critical thinking.  

·         An Essay or DBQ can be counted as test, quiz or homework grade.

Ø  Work turned in late will be marked down one grade for every day that it is late.

 

(As an aside a grade of “B” in the class is often commensurate with an “A” in a non-AP course.   Last year students who earned a “B” in this course earned a 4 on the AP exam.  This course is graded like a college level course.)

 

THERE ARE NINE UNITS IN THIS COURSE

UNIT 1- BEGINNINGS THROUGH REVOLUTION

Before Columbus, Spanish, French and British Colonization, Push-Pull factors, Colonial Sections, Cultural Differences, Mercantilism, Awakenings, Patterns of Society, Post-1763 British Policy.

                                        UNIT 2-REVOLUTIONARIES TO RULERS

Loosening Ties, The Colonies United, The War for Independence, War and Society, Creation of State Governments, The Articles of Confederation, The Constitution, Federalists and Republicans, Hamilton vs. Jefferson.

UNIT 3-FROM JEFFERSON TO JACKSON

The Revolution of 1800, The War of 1812, The Marshall Court, Cultural Nationalism, Expansion, Era of Good Feelings, Sectionalism, Mass Politics, Indian Removal, The Bank War, Jacksonian Democracy, Manifest Destiny.

UNIT 4-AN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SECTIONALISM

The Politics and Culture of Slavery, The Changing Population, Transportation, Commerce and Industry, Sectional Differences, Remaking Society, Abolition, Temperance, Women’s Rights.

UNIT 5-THE CIVIL WAR

The Crises of the 1850s, the Secession Crisis, Mobilization, Strategy and Diplomacy, Compromises, Dred Scott, Terrorism and Conflict.

UNIT 6-RECONSTRUCTION AND RELOCATION

Types of Reconstruction Plans, Radical Reconstruction, Impeachment, Governmental Corruption, Abandoning Reconstruction, The New South, Societies of the West, Dispersal of the Tribes, Urbanization, Agricultural Revolution, Leisure, The Rise of Unionism, Agrarian Revolt, DuBois vs. Washington, Consolidation.

UNIT 7-IMPERIALISM AND PROGRESSIVISM

Progressivism, Women and Reform, TR and the Modern Presidency, the Big Stick, Muckrakers, Immigration, Imperialism in Cuba and the Pacific, Diplomacy, America and the World.

 

UNIT 8-WORLD WAR I, BOOM AND BUST

The Road to War, War and Society, New World Order, New Cultures and Conflict, Wilsonian Idealism, KKK, Immigration Issues, Anarchists, Jazz Age, Boom Times, Depression. New Deal, Court Reactions, Extremist Alternatives, Society and Hard Times, Decline of the New Deal.

UNIT 9-WORLD WAR II AND POST-WAR

Isolationism and Internationalism, Neutrality, Intervention, War on Two Fronts, Alliances, Origins of the Cold War, Korea, Containment, Science and Technology, Rise of the Civil Rights Movement, Flexible Response, Red Scare.

UNIT 10-MY GENERATION AND YOURS

Expanding the Liberal State, Vietnam, 1968, The Youth Culture, The New Feminism, Mobilization of Minorities, Environmentalism, Turbulent Society, Watergate, the Reagan Revolution, End of the Cold War, Globalization, the New Partisanship, the War on Terror.

 

AMERICAN PAEGANT READING OUTLINE

EVERY MONDAY or TUESDAY THERE WILL BE A QUIZ ON THE PREVIOUS WEEK’S READING

WEEK DATE              READINGS

      1                Aug. 24-28        UNIT 1- BEGINNINGS THROUGH REVOLUTION

Chapter 1

                                                New World Beginnings, 33,000 B.C.-A.D. 1769

 

      2          Aug. 31-Sept. 4       Chapters 2, 3

                                                The Planting of English America, 1500-1733

                                                Settling the Northern Colonies, 1619-1700

 

     3                 Sept. 8-11         Chapter 4

                                                American Life in the Seventeenth Century, 1607-1692

 

     4                 Sept. 14-18       Chapters 5, 6

                                                Colonial Society on the Eve of the Revolution, 1700-1775

                                                The Duel for North America

 

     5                 Sept. 21-25       UNIT 2-REVOLUTIONARIES TO RULERS

Chapter 7

                                                The Road to Revolution, 1763-1775

 

     6                 Sept. 28-Oct.2   Chapters 8, 9

                                                America Secedes from Empire, 1775-1783

                                                The Confederation and the Constitution, 1776-1790

 

     7                 Oct.5-9                         Chapter 10

                                                Launching the New Ship of State, 1789-1800

 

     8                 Oct.12-16          UNIT 3-FROM JEFFERSON TO JACKSON                                                                                             Chapter 11

                                                The Triumph and Travails of Jeffersonian Democracy,

                                                1800-1809

 

     9                 Oct.19-23          Chapter 12

                                                The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of

                                                Nationalism, 1809-1815

 

    10                 Oct.26-29          Chapter 13

                                                The Rise of a Mass Democracy, 1824-1840

 

    11                 Nov. 2-6            Chapter 14

                                                Forging the National Economy, 1790-1860

 

    12                 Nov. 9-13          UNIT 4- AN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SECTIONALISM                                                                       Chapter 15

                                                The Ferment of Culture and Reform, 1790-1860

                                                                                               

    13                 Nov. 16-20        Chapter 16

                                                The South and the Slavery Controversy, 1793-1860

 

    14                 Nov.23-24         Chapter 17

                                                Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy, 1841-1848

            THANKSGIVING BREAK (Nov.25-30)

 

    15                 Dec. 1-4            Chapter 18

                                                Renewing the Sectional Struggle, 1848-1854

 

    16                 Dec. 7-11          UNIT 5-THE CIVIL WAR                                                                                                                        Chapter 19

                                                Drifting Toward Disunion, 1854-1861

 

    17                 Dec.14-16         REVIEW

 

                        Dec. 17-18         EXAMS

    18                 Dec. 21-22        EXAMS

 

    19                 Dec. 23-Jan. 3  CHRISTMAS BREAK

  

    20                 Jan.4-8             Chapters 20, 21

                                                Girding for War: The North and the South, 1861-1865

                                                The Furnace of Civil War, 1861-1865

 

                                               

21                 Jan. 11-15         UNIT 6-RECONSTRUCTION AND RELOCATION                                                                     Chapter 22

                                                The Ordeal of Reconstruction, 1865-1877

 

    22                 Jan. 19-21         Chapter 23

                                                Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age, 1869-1896

 

                                                Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance (Jan. 18)

                                                March For Life (Jan. 22)

 

 

    23                 Jan.25-29          Chapter 24

                                                Industry Comes of Age, 1865-1900

                                               

    24                 Feb. 1-5            Chapters 25, 26

                                                America Moves to the City, 1865-1900

                                                The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution, 1865-1900

 

    25                 Feb. 8-12          UNIT 7-IMPERIALISM AND PROGRESSIVISM                                                                                       Chapters 27, 28

                                                The Path of Empire, 1890-1899

                                                America of the World stage, 1899-1909

 

    26                 Feb. 16-19        Chapter 29

                                                Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt, 1901-1912

 

                                                President’s Day (Feb. 15)

 

    27                 Feb.22-26         Chapter 30

                                                Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad, 1912-1916

                                               

                                               

    28                 Mar. 1-5            UNIT 8-WORLD WAR I, BOOM AND BUST                                                                                             Chapters 31, 32

                                                The War to End War, 1917-1918

                                                American Life in the Roaring Twenties, 1919-1929

 

    29                 Mar. 8-12          Chapter 33

                                                The Politics of Boom and Bust, 1920-1932

 

 

    30                 Mar. 15-19         Chapters 34, 35

                                                The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1933-1939

                                                Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War, 1933-1941

 

    31                 Mar. 22-26         UNIT 9-WORLD WAR II AND POST-WAR                                                                                               Chapter 36

                                                America in World War II, 1941-1945

 

    32                 Mar. 29-30         Chapters 37

                                                The Cold War Begins, 1945-1952

 

Easter Vacation (March 31-April 9)  - Must read Chapter 38 The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1960

 

    33                 Apr. 12-16         UNIT 10-MY GENERATION AND YOURS                                                                                               Chapters 39

                                                The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1960

                                                The Stormy Sixties, 1960-1968

                                   

           

    34                 Apr.19-23          Chapters 40, 41

                                                The Stalemated Seventies, 1968-1970

The Resurgence of Conservatism, 1980-2000

 

                                   

    36                 Apr.26-30          REVIEW

 

    37                 May3-7             REVIEW & EXAM on Friday May 7th

 

 

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