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AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college
or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant
events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from
approximately 1491 to the present.
Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed
by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical
arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about
contextualization, causation, continuity and change over time.
The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout
the course in order to make connections among historical developments in
different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement;
politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography
and the environment; and culture and society.
There are no prerequisites for AP U.S. History. Students should be able to read a
college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.
**As an extension/support for what we do in class, students should be
prepared to commit to approximately one hour of homework reading and
questions most evenings which will frequently be assessed for content,
clarity, argument/reasoning, and use of evidence.
A highly-challenging course intended for motivated students who want to learn on a
deeper level, students have the ability to earn up to 3 college credit hours as well as to
gain important, transferable skills and knowledge from engaging in history and
historical thinking (i.e. stronger reading and writing, improved ability to recognize,
analyze and interpret valid evidence and use it to support an argument). Ideally, they
will find them highly useful in subsequent classes and in their lives and careers after
graduation as they become part of the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers.

Theme of the course: How do different perspectives/interpretations affect our
understanding of history? How might they affect the present? What should we do, as
students of history, to make sure multiple perspectives are considered? Why?

For more information on topics, themes, books, late work policy, etc. see AP US History syllabus under https://hawkinsnest2.weebly.com/ap-us-history.html. See also course College Board page for AP US History (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-united-states-history)


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Tri 1- 25%

Midterm Exam-10%

Tri 2-25%

Tri 3-25 %

Final Exam- 15%

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