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Mankato West High School 2013-2014

ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY

Mr. Matt Moore | Room #109 | 507-207-3842 | mmoore1@isd77.org https://sites.google.com/site/mooresclassroom/apush


A.P. United States History 2013-2014

COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES

Advanced  Placement  United  States  History  is  a  rigorous  course  that  is   meant  to  be  the  equivalent  of  a  freshman  level  college  U.S.  History  course.     The  course  is  a  two-­‐semester  survey  of  American  History  from  the  age  of   exploration  to  the  present.    In  order  to  succeed  in  the  course  it  is  necessary   to  have  solid  reading  and  writing  skills,  as  well  as  the  willingness  to  devote   considerable  time  and  energy  on  homework  and  studying.    Outside  of  class   reading  will  be  extensive  and  it  is  imperative  that  you  complete  this  work.     The  course  will  prepare  you  to  take  the  AP  United  States  History  exam  that   will  take  place  on  Wednesday,  May  14,  2014.  Over  the  course  of  the  year,   students  will  learn  and  master  a  large  body  of  historical  knowledge,   interpret  primary  and  secondary  sources,  examine  alternative  views  of  the   past  and  use  historical  evidence  to  support  an  argument.    

David  Kennedy,  American  Pageant  

COURSE ORGANIZATION The  course  has  been  split  into  11  different  units.    The  student  will  be   assessed  twice  each  unit.    There  will  be  a  50  question  multiple-­‐choice  test   and  a  Document  Based  Question  (DBQ)  Essay  or  a  Free  Response  Question   (FRQ)  for  each  unit.    The  essays  will  be  written  in  class  with  time  limits.            

Unit  

Chapters  

1-­‐  Colonial  Beginnings  

1,2,3,4  

2  –  American  Independence  

5,6,7,8  

3  –  Jeffersonian  America  

9,10,11,12  

4  –  Growing  Pains  

13,14,15  

5  –  Road  to  Civil  War  

16,17,18,19  

6  –  Civil  War  &  Reconstruction  

20,21,22  

7  –  The  Gilded  Age  

23,24,25,26  

8  –  Imperialism  &   Progressivism  

27,28,29,30  

9  –  Boom  &  Bust  

31,32,33,34  

10  –  WWII  &  the  Cold  War  

35,36,37  

11  –  We  Didn’t  Start  the  Fire  

38,39,40,41  

AP  Final  Exam  

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

4  Week  Review  

Exam  Dates   September  19  (Essay)   September  20  (MC)   October  8  (Essay)   October  9  (MC)   October  24  (Essay)   October  25  (MC)   November  7  (Essay)   November  11  (MC)   November  22  (Essay)   November  25  (MC)   December  12  (Essay)   December  13  (MC)   January  8  (Essay)   January  9  (MC)   January  29  (Essay)   January  30  (MC)   February  14  (Essay)   February  17  (MC)   March  6  (Essay)   March  7  (MC)   April  8  (Essay)   April  9  (MC)   May  14,  7:45  a.m.  

RECQUIRED MATERIALS -­‐  Pencils   -­‐  Black  and  blue  pens   -­‐  Loose  leaf  paper   -­‐  Multiple  highlighters   -­‐  3  Ring  Heavy  Duty  Binder   -­‐  Binder  dividers   -­‐  MWHS  Planner   -­‐  Cell  phone  or  e-­‐mail  address  

EXTRA CREDIT POLICY Extra  credit  is  offered  to   encourage  students  to  explore   individual  interests  and  reward   extra  time  energy  and  effort.   Extra  credit  can  improve  a  final   quarter  grade  by  a  maximum  of   10%,  but  will  be  forfeited  if  a   student  has  an  unexcused   absence,  missing  assignments,   excessive  tardiness,  excessive   absences;  or  has  engaged  in  acts   of  cheating  or  plagiarism.  All   extra  credit  assignments  must   be  pre-­‐approved  with  the   instructor.  

GRADING SCALE (WEIGHTED GRADE – 5.0 SCALE) 94-­‐100%…..…..A   90-­‐93%…………A-­‐   87-­‐89%…………B+   84-­‐86%…………B  

       

       

         80-­‐83%…………B-­‐            77-­‐79%…………C+            74-­‐76%…………C            73-­‐70%…………C-­‐  

       

       

67-­‐69%…………D+   64-­‐66%…………D   60-­‐63%…………D-­‐   Below  60%….…F    

  Late  assignment  policy:  Homework  must  be  completed  by  the  day  it  is  due.  Late  assignments  will  be  reduced  10%  for  each  day  they  are   late.  If  you  know  you  will  be  absent  for  a  class  in  advance,  you  must  complete  and  submit  all  assignments  before  you  leave.  

   


UNIT ORGANIZATION A  typical  unit  in  APUSH  will  take  approximately  two  weeks  and  cover  four   chapters.    During  that  time,  you  can  expect  to  experience  the  following:              

Activity  

Point  Total  

Visual  

Chapter  Reading  Notes   Students  will  receive  a  guided  notepacket   for  each  unit.  These  notes  will  be  checked   and  graded  as  students  take  the  chapter   quiz.  These  notes  can  be  used  on  exams.  

Crash  Course     (  ISBN:  9780840029041)  

5  points  

 

  Chapter  Quizzes  

Pageant  Guidebook   (ISBN:  9780840029041  )

 

REQUIRED GRADUATION STANDARD ASSIGNMENTS Students  must  complete  and   receive  a  passing  grade  on  the   following  assignments  in  order   to  receive  credit  for  the  course.  If   a  student  fails  any  required   assignment  on  their  first   attempt,  they  must  retake  it   until  they  pass.  The  grade   earned  on  the  first  attempt  will   be  the  grade  entered  into  the   gradebook.  If  a  student  fails  to   complete  or  pass  any  of  the   following  assignments,  they  will   receive  an  “F”  for  the  course.     ALL  UNIT  EXAMS  (11)        

ALL  UNIT  ESSAYS  (11)        

ALL  QUARTER  TESTS  (3)         ALL  FINAL  REVIEW  TESTS  (4)        

1ST  SEMESTER  RESEARCH   PROJECT        

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2  SEMESTER  FINAL   PROJECT  

Chapter  quizzes  will  correlate  directly  to   chapter  readings  and  contain  multiple   choice,  identification  and  chronology   questions.  Quizzes  are  note  open  note   and  will  be  timed.  Students  will  be  limited   to  40  seconds/question.  

10-­‐20  points  

  Chapter  Reviews   After  students  complete  a  chapter  quiz,   we  review  the  chapter  together  as  a  class   to  ensure  understanding  of  key  content.   Notes  can  be  used  on  exams.    

Not  graded    

Unit  Essay   Essays  will  take  the  form  of  FRQs  or   DBQs.  Students  will  receive  the  question   in  advance  and  can  write  a  draft  in   advance.    Essays  will  be  timed  and   limited  to  45  minutes.  

50  points  

 

Unit  Multiple  Choice  Exam   The  multiple  choice  exams  will  take  place   the  day  after  the  essay  exams.  Students   can  use  notes  on  the  exams.  Chapter   reviews  and  unit  reviews  are  located  on   the  course  website  to  help  students   prepare  for  these  exams.  Multiple  choice   exams  will  be  timed.  Students  will  be   limited  to  40  seconds/question.  

50  points  

 

PREPARING FOR THE COLLEGE BOARD EXAM

Students  will  take  comprehensive  practice  exams  at  the  end  of  each  quarter.  Prior   to  the  May  14th  exam,  we  will  spend  4  weeks  reviewing;  spending  two  weeks  on  a   key  content  review  game  and  two  weeks  reviewing  a  series  of  four  AP  practice   exams.  All  practice  exam  questions  have  been  taken  from  previous  exams.  

A.P. United States History 2013-2014

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A.P. United States History 2013-2014

TIPS & TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCEEDING IN APUSH  

 

READ  THE  TEXTBOOK   The  reading  guides,  chapter  quizzes  and  unit  exams  are  all  designed  to  directly   reflect  the  content  from  the  American  Pageant  textbook.  If  you  can  commit  to  five   or  six  hours  of  reading  and  studying  a  week,  you  will  better  prepare  yourself  for  a  4   or  a  5  on  the  APUSH  exam.       PROPER  PREPARATION  PREVENTS  POOR  PERFORMANCE   Each  student  at  Mankato  West  will  receive  a  daily  planner  to  keep  track  of   homework  assignments.  Be  sure  to  “backwards  map”  your  school  year  by  filling  up   the  planner  with  important  test  dates  and  deadlines  for  homework  assignments.  If   you  are  involved  in  extra-­‐curricular  activities,  include  those  schedules  as  well.       ORGANIZE  YOUR  BINDER   Every  document  you  receive  in  APUSH  will  be  3-­‐hole  punched.    Keep  your   assignments  and  notes  in  chronological  order  and  divide  your  units  with  binder   dividers.  Invest  in  a  good  binder  that  can  hold  a  lot  of  material.     USE  THE  CLASS  WEBSITE   Each  year,  more  resources  are  added  to  the  class  website  to  help  students  succeed   in  APUSH.  You  can  use  the  learning  calendar  to  find  assignment  due  dates,  watch   chapter  reviews  on  each  chapter,  take  practice  quizzes  on  each  chapter  and  print  off   copies  of  assignments  for  a  class  you  may  have  missed.     REPETITION,  REPETITION,  REPETITION   In  order  to  be  successful  in  APUSH,  there  are  certain  dates,  names  and  facts  that   you  will  have  to  commit  to  memory.  If  you  are  having  problems  committing  things   to  memory,  you  should  use  the  Cornell  method  and  re-­‐read  your  notes  twice  a  week   and  develop  flash  cards  for  key  terms,  events  and  historical  figures.  Find  a  study   buddy  that  is  willing  to  quiz  you  on  course  materials       PURCHASE  A  REVIEW  BOOK   There  are  several  great  review  books  that  can  help  you  supplement  the  textbook   and  better  prepare  for  the  AP  exam.  The  American  Pageant  Student  Guidebook  will   help  you  better  prepare  for  quizzes  and  tests,  and  AP  U.S.  History  Crash  Course     provides  great  outlines  of  the  key  content  that  will  be  on  the  APUSH  exam.     POWER-­‐DOWN  DEVICES  WHILE  COMPLETING  HOMEWORK   It  can  be  difficult  to  concentrate  on  homework  and  reading  assignments  if  you  are   easily  distracted  by  cell  phones,  computers,  video  games,  televisions,  etc.  Find  a   quiet,  peaceful  place  to  study  and  commit  to  one-­‐hour  chunks  of  homework  before   you  check  your  texts,  tweets,  instagrams,  e-­‐mails,  Friendster  requests  etc.     TAKE  PART  IN  EXTRA  CREDIT   If  you  would  like  to  raise  your  grade,  complete  an  extra  credit  assignment.  You  can   write  reviews  about  historical  movies  related  to  class  and  historical  books  that  you   may  have  read.  The  biggest  extra  credit  assignment  that  any  student  can  complete   is  a  History  Day  project.  More  info  can  be  found  on  the  class  website.     ASK  QUESTIONS   I  am  less  impressed  by  students  who  answer  questions  than  I  am  with  students  who   ask  questions.  If  you  are  curious  about  something,  ask.  If  you  are  confused  by   something,  ask.  I  am  almost  always  in  my  room  before  and  after  school  and  also   answer  questions  over  e-­‐mail  outside  of  school  hours.    

SEMESTER PROJECTS At  the  conclusion  of  each   semester,  APUSH  students  will   be  required  to  complete  a   semester  project.  Each  project   will  be  worth  100  points  and   entered  into  the  gradebook  as   the  “Semester  Exam”  grade   (therefore,  each  project  is  worth   20%  of  the  semester  grade).            

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1  SEMESTER    PROJECT   Students  can  work  individually   or  in  groups  to  complete  a   historical  research  project  that   fits  a  theme.    This  year’s  theme   is  “Rights  &  Responsibilities  in   History.”    Each  individual  and   group  is  allowed  to  select  their   own  topic  for  this  project.     Students  who  wish  to  revise   and  improve  their  projects  at   the  conclusion  of  the  first   semester  can  exhibit  their   projects  at  the  regional  History   Day  competition  and  receive  50   points  of  extra  credit.    

2nd  SEMESTER  PROJECT   After  the  AP  exam  on  May  14th,   students  will  investigate   historical  issues  facing  modern   America  and  create  a  DBQ  that   focuses  on  the  issues  they  feel   are  most  important    

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR Mr.  Moore  grew  up  in  Redfield,  SD,   received  his  undergraduate  degree   at  North  Dakota  State  University   and  master’s  degree  from  the   University  of  Minnesota.  This  past   summer,  he  graded  over  1,000   APUSH  essays  at  the  national   reading  in  Louisville,  KY.  When   he’s  not  busy  at  school,  you  may   find  him  remodeling  his  house  with   his  wife  (Jen),  hunting  pheasants,   reading  history  books,  walking  his   dog  (Walter),  eating  copious   amounts  of  Frosted  Mini-­‐Wheats   or  watching  the  latest  episode  of   the  Daily  Show.      


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