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Unformatted text preview: AP UNITED STATES HISTORY Syllabus C (Pageant) INTRODUCTION: 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 full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials -- their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance -- and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. In addition, students will use a primary source reader and other scholarly reference materials throughout the year. 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. Students are responsible for their own learning. They will write many 4-6-page word processed papers for in-class roleplaying and simulation activities, take weekly quizzes on textbook chapter note-taking assignments, and take about one essay or document-based test a week. According to the College Board the course will include: study of political institutions, social and cultural developments, diplomacy [and] economic trends. [the teaching of students] to analyze evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. extensive instruction in analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of primary sources, such as documentary material, maps, statistical tables, works of art and pictorial and graphic materials. frequent practice in writing analytical and interpretive essays such as document- based questions (DBQ) and thematic essays. COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course examines the evolution of the American republic from the initial European incursions into North America to the present. The course is divided into periods of time and focuses on the themes in the AP Course Description , including national identity, economic transformation, and U.S. actions on the world stage. Moreover, the AP curriculum demands higher-order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Thus, students are frequently required to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources, in addition to comprehending, memorizing, and applying facts. Our investigation of the nature of American democracy includes methods, evidence, and scholarship from the areas of social, political, economic, cultural, and diplomatic history....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Abint during the Summer '11 term at CSU Northridge.
- Summer '11