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SOCIAL STUDIES 101 AP US History

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    Horowitz, Mr. Kalner, Mr. Wagner
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    Jul 16, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course is so much more detailed than any other version of US history you've taken. It's more engaging and interesting than you'd typically think. I learned so much from this course that helped me in other classes like AP Government and even Economics!

    Course highlights:

    Some highlights were the trips for sure. Going to Philadelphia and Washington to actually see the things you've been studying all year really brought the course to life and made it so much more fun!

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely do the homework even though it seems annoying at the time. The textbook outlines and readings really help you to absorb the course material better because it's so much to learn. Also I would make a timeline throughout the year of important dates to remember because when it comes time for the exam, knowing certain dates for example, when Jamestown was established or when the Vietnam War broke out, will help give you a frame of reference for when questions ask about specific time periods.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Kalner
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Feb 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Unlike most history courses, this one digs deeper into the past and analyzes reasons for why things happened which helps teach you how to learn and think rather than to memorize.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight for me was learning about party platforms over time and their development.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keep up with your outlines. If you don't you'll get lost in the course and it won't be as comprehensive.

    • Fall 2015
    • Horowitz
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Kalner's AP U.S. History class is structured to resemble a college level course. Even though, sitting through lectures everyday may have seen horrible, I have learned a lot more about myself from his class. For one, participation is a huge aspect of this course, one thing I was not a huge fan of. However, in order to maintain my GPA I had to raise my innocent hand and answer sophisticated questions. My fear came from public speaking, but Mr. Kalner's class took me to a new level that I didn't think of. For being a college course, you get treated like a college student, which meant you didn't have your teacher breathing down your neck to hand in work. What I really took away from this course is how to manage my time and get all my work done on time. A bonus of this course is being able to attend Washington D.C. for an overnight trip, which was something absolutely amazing. With Mr. Kalner's "funny" jokes and "impossible" tests I was able to come out of that class a better student.

    Course highlights:

    At the end of the AP exam we did a decades project, where we focused on one decade, mine was the 60s, and we got to learn all about that time period. Everyone got different time periods, so we got to see a snapshot of history through each decade. I enjoy music, so most of my project was based of the musical rhythms of the time period. However, by far the best memory is going to Washington D.C Being able to walk through the Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Capital Building, etc. was amazing. There was nothing better than learning about history through monuments.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    To do well in this course, you truly have to manage your time and get your homework done. The homework is where you learn most of the course, if you don't do your chapter outlines you won't do well. It may be time consuming but the personal satisfaction when you are done is amazing. Never take an extra help session or review session for granted, because you will certainly need them. Always speak with Mr. Kalner about your strengths and weaknesses, he certainly made me a better test taker than I use to be. Use all your resources that you possibly can.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Kalner
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts


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