AP United States History

AP United States History

AP United States History Information for Parents and Students Teacher: Jennifer Lounibos Email: [email protected] Website: lounibos.weebly.com Goals of the Course To teach students U.S. history, which is fascinating and explains the world we live in To develop critical thinking skills such as analysis, argumentation, synthesis, and evaluation To prepare students for college level academic rigor while still being here to support and guide them To support student learning while not limiting what they learn

To enable students to pass the APUSH College Board Exam The APUSH Exam Designed and administered by the College Board Costs approximately $91 Usually in early/mid May Four sections: Multiple Choice: 55 Qs in 55 minutes (w/sources) Short Answer: 4 3-part Qs in 50 minutes (w/sources) Document Based Question Essay: 1 Q/55 minutes (w/sources) Long Essay: 1 Q in 35 minutes (no sources) Scores: 1 or 2 = not passing

3 or 4 = passing 5 = highest passing Benefits of Taking APUSH Grade bump possible: A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0 (but it must be earned) Score of 3, 4, or 5 can earn college credit (depends on college) Can save money Possible higher priority in course registration Challenging course work: Learn lots of U.S. history Develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills before college Practice analytical discussions Helps with taking SAT and other timed or essay-writing tests

College-readiness Summer Assignment What? First 6 chapters of the textbook Notes and analysis Very straightforward Required Unit test on second day back from school Why? College Board expects a high level of historical knowledge Conquer colonial history before school starts Helps to pace reading at a manageable level during the school year Provides a baseline for self-improvement all year

Homework and Classwork What? Reading is homework Approximately 1/2 chapter per class (Approximately 10-15 pages) Notes and analysis Terms (evidence) and context Chapter quizzes with notes 10 questions in 10 minutes Why? Learn content (breadth) Prepare for class (depth) Focus on key subjects Analysis

Evaluation Unit Tests What? Tests are made of parts of the APUSH test Multiple Choice with documents Short Answer with documents Document Based Essay Questions with documents Long Essay without documents

Timed per the AP test requirements Why? Demonstrate knowledge and skills Build skills and stamina Prepare for the AP test in May Practice pacing Practice using knowledge and skills Socratic Seminars What? 30 minute group discussions of historical topics and questions Questions are given weeks ahead and prepared Textbook Provided websites

Why? Practice using historical knowledge, analysis, and argumentation Discuss and debate Its interesting Topics: Jacksonian Democracy Path to Civil War Imperialism

Final Review Exam Preparation Everything we do all year: reading, quizzes, classwork, tests, Socratic Seminars A final review Socratic Seminar Two weeks of optional tutorial and lunch guided study sessions APUSH Film Fest Starts after we take the test Permission slip for movies All movies are related to subjects we studied throughout the year Each movie is followed by an analysis of the

following: Argument (thesis) of the movie Historical evidence SOAPSTone Historical accuracy Semester final (project): group or individual

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