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I am looking forward to an exciting year of AP U.S. History where we will study the first people of America all the way to present day!! Our goal all year will be improving our critical thinking skills in preparation for the AP Exam in May; therefore, this course is fast-paced and will require time management skills, dedicated reading and will focus on analytical essay writing. While we will have lecture; we will be analyzing primary and secondary source documents, and incorporating many activities. Your preparation this summer will begin your path to success in AP U.S. History! Success in this class is not about being “smart”, it is about perseverance, commitment, time management and work ethic! You must be prepared to work. This is a college course; I expect college responsibility.
Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. AP United States History will:
- Provide you with the thinking skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the main issues and documents of U.S. history.
- Prepare you for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon you equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses.
- Enable you to assess historical sources — their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance — and to weigh the evidence and interpretations of the past presented in historical scholarship.
- Develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format.
- Train you to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events.
- Teach you to take notes from both printed materials and lectures or discussions, to write essay examinations, and to write analytical and research papers.
- Enable you to express yourself with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the phrases and ideas of others.
Whatis the difference between AP and Honors/CP courses?
Academic or Honors Classes
Advanced Placement Classes
Teachers tend to provide more direct instruction.
Students are generally self-motivated.
The teacher’s role is primarily as facilitator of learning.
Homework is assigned regularly and is collected for a grade.
Students complete homework generally in order to earn or maintain a grade in addition to reinforcing information covered in class.
Homework is assigned, but not all may be collected or graded. Students may have fewer grades per quarter.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce classroom activities and to fill gaps in knowledge. Students are expected to complete this individually.
Students may be tested on information not specifically covered during class time, but was discussed in assigned readings.
The course may resemble traditional high school classes.
An AP course may resemble what is seen in university classrooms.
Students are provided a college-level textbook and supplemental readings.