AP United States History
This Class will utilize the following online websites / resources:
This is accessible through your Marion County Student Desktop. This online resource will have all assignments, handouts, notes, PowerPoint’s, and review materials posted on it. Helpful links to online resources will be available as well. You can learn more about teams by reviewing this PowerPoint.
You will have to create a College Board account if you do not have one already. You will have practice AP Exam assignments to complete on this site.
You will also have quizzes posted within your Skyward Gradebook. These can be taken an unlimited number times to ensure mastery of the content.
It is strongly reccomended that you are issued a hard cover traditional textbook for this course.
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by fullyear introductory college courses. Students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and theirimportance; and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus 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.
Furthermore, students will develop:
1. Their ability to understand and respect other points of view, both personal and cultural. Included within this should be the ability to understand peoples of different races and cultures and show respect for human diversity and for students’ varied talents and perspectives. Also, students should explore the interaction among peoples of different races and cultures and how such interaction has shaped United States and world history.
2. An informed historical perspective, including an understanding of how one's own society developed, and an awareness of how other societies developed.
3. Their understanding the major ways that science and technology have affected humans and their world.
4. Their understanding of the power and limitations of science and technology in a changing world; awareness of how societies, institutions, and individuals are responsible to see that technology is used ethically and appropriately.
5. Their understanding of the influence of geographic characteristics, including climate, physical features and natural resources, on North America's major societies and cultures.
6. Their understanding of the context of current events from a historical perspective with the ability to connect modern trends to past events.
7. Their understanding of current events from an international perspective.
8. Their ability to integrate into the curriculum a wide variety of materials as well as human and technological resources, including primary documents, texts, maps, graphs, charts, and other resources.
9. Their understanding of the concept of change over time with the ability to relate past to present.
10. Their understanding of the major events and movements in American history, the turning points of historical development, and their relationship to the present.
11. Their understanding of cultural and individual diversity, and humankind’s shared environment, heritage, and responsibility.
12. Their ability to explore critical eras in the historical development of the world in the following spheres of human activity: social, political, scientific, military, technological, economic, and cultural (philosophical, religious, and aesthetic).
13. The ability to apply the techniques of historical interpretation including cause and effect, major trends, change over time, etc.
14. Their ability to use knowledge of the civilization of the United States to develop in themselves the skills of thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.
15. An informed historical perspective, including an understanding of how one’s own society developed and an awareness of how other societies developed.
Additional Student Learning Outcomes:
1. In the process of fulfilling assignments in the course, students will have opportunity to demonstrate and improve the quality of their critical thinking, reading, and writing abilities.
2. In the process of fulfilling assignments in the course, the student will be able to identify important individuals and events that have contributed to the development of American history.
3. In the process of fulfilling assignments in the course, students will learn to critically and analytically read historical works and primary sources.
4. In the process of fulfilling assignments in the course, will begin to understand the connection between the United States and Western Civilization in addition to the global community.