AP United States History
Grant Vatter and adjusted by Marion Truslow
AP United States History is a one year survey course designed for eleventh grade students. The ultimate goal of the course is to make a “5” on the AP test at the end of the year. The course examines social, political, economic and cultural developments in United States History from the arrival of the indigenous peoples of North America through the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Students will learn to think critically about problems associated with this time period and work with materials (documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, pictorial evidence) in United States history. In addition to reading from the text, course requirements include a variety of topical and focused readings, unit tests, reading quizzes, several short papers, analysis of primary and secondary sources, oral presentations, group projects and class discussions and debate. Students will also be required to write critical book reviews and several short research papers and biographical essays. Moreover, throughout the course students will practice taking various parts of the AP test.
Goals and Objectives:
One goal of the RGNS History Dept is to help students develop effective writing skills. We also stress that each student learns to develop critical reading skills with a focus on documentary (primary) as well as interpretive sources. This course emphasizes content as well as critical analysis. It is important that students have a firm foundation in historical fact and a strong sense of perspective as a basis for historical analysis. This course is designed to aid the student in learning to handle the tools of historical study: research, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of information. To provide a strong emphasis on geography, both physical and cultural, and the role of geographical/environmental factors in history. To present material in a way that will enable students to relate their experiences to other areas of study/experience. Finally this course intends to engage the students in active learning. For further information see history standards and the History Department section of RGNS Curriculum Guide.
The assessments consist of reading quizzes, multiple-choice chapter tests, essay tests, short papers, and class discussion and preparation.
Policies and Grading:
Homework: Most of the homework in this course will involve reading. Other homework will include reading novels, writing essays, and learning vocabulary. Homework is not a collaborative effort, unless otherwise instructed. Late assignments will be counted off ten points for every day late. A student who is absent is expected to get the assignment/s for the time they are absent and he or she is expected to be prepared for class the day he or she returns. See the RGNS handbook for details regarding make-up work. An approximate percentage breakdown of grading values is as follows: Test = @60% Quiz = @20% Essays/Project = 15%-20%
The Enduring Vision: AP 6th Edition by Paul S. Boyer and the primary text, Give Me Liberty: AP 3rd Edition by Eric Foner
See assignments on the google calendar. I will also review assignments at the beginning of each week (as you remind me or need clarification).Unless instructed otherwise, you must turn in hard copies of your work (i.e. paper) and not email your work at the beginning of class. Have your work printed before class. Late papers will be subject to punishment
Classroom Expectations and Rules and Tardy policy
Students are expected to follow the guidelines for behavior as set forth in the student handbook and the Honor Code of RGNS. In addition students are expected to arrive at class on time (in a timely fashion) and be prepared for class.
Students are expected to ACTIVELY participate in class. Debate regarding the covered topics is paramount to understanding the material. 15% of your grade will be based on class participation.
Unexcused tardiness will result in a personal one on one discussion with me and the student. If tardiness is a repeated behavior and this behavior happens three consecutive days the student will be required to attend an after school detention on the day of the third infraction. Respect for self and others at all times are the guiding principle in this class.
Cell Phone and Technology Policy
Cell phones are strictly prohibited in class. If your cellular device rings, vibrates or makes any noise during class an immediate pop-quiz will be administered. Furthermore, a pop-quiz will be administered if any student is using their laptop or tablet inappropriately (Facebook, twitter, TMZ, etc). You don’t want this to happen
Extra Help Policy:
See times for tutorials. Extra tutorials should be arranged on a case by case basis with me. Email is the best form of communication. I will not answer emails after 9:00pm