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Advanced Placement United States History Syllabus Course Purpose The AP U.S. History course is designed for highly motivated students who wish to be introduced to college level U.S. History coursework. It has several purposes. First, and most importantly, students will learn U.S. history. This course is also intended to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. Finally, it is designed to prepare students to pass the AP U.S. History exam. Course Objectives This course examines the evolution of America from initial European exploration and settlement of North America to the present. However, since students enrolled this semester have already covered early American history, the focus of this class will be on modern U.S. history since the U.S. Civil War. Content will be derived from the study of selected historical themes as described in the AP Course Description . Each theme will be traced throughout the year and will be evaluated to determine how they are linked and how each facilitated change over time. These themes will include the following: American diversity Growth of an American identity, demographics, and culture Economic trends in the U.S., changes in trade, commerce and technology Environmental issues, specifically, the impact of a growing society on the environment Globalization, including our relationship to the rest of the world from the age of exploration to the present Development of political institutions and traditions and the components of citizenship Social reform movements such as anti-slavery, education, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, war, public health and government In the AP U.S. History course, students will learn to master factual knowledge, understand historical chronology, assess/analyze historical materials, differentiate among historical schools of thought, interpret primary sources, and effectively use higher order thinking skills (evaluation, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast, etc.) in relation to historical scholarship. Additionally, the course will provide students with frequent practice in writing analytical and interpretive essays, such as document-based questions, and thematic essays. Organization Class will include lecture and discussion, group projects, presentations, and preparation of discussion questions. Homework assignments will involve daily independent reading, as well as periodic writing of essays, critiques, and reports. The course will be divided into units, and each unit will include discussion of and/or writing about related historiography, specifically, how interpretations of events have changed over time, how issues of one time period impacted experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how reevaluations of the past continue to shape the way historians view the world today. Each unit will also include selected primary source readings from various collections and map activities to familiarize students
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