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SOCIAL STUDIES 101 AP US History

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    Horowitz, Mr. Kalner, Mr. Wagner
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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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    Nov 17, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it provides a deeper understanding of the US history, better than one could get just taking a regular history class. Also if you pass the AP test then you get to save money in college as it is one less course that you have to take.

    Course highlights:

    This class taught me how to be a hard worker, and showed me that procrastination is not a good thing. Also it taught me that what we learned in elementary and middle school was only beginning to scrape the top of the barrel and showed that all was not dandy in the creating of what we consider to be the great America today.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you take good notes, even if the reading is boring look at in depth so that you can understand the test material that comes up. Also look at previous released test questions and try to answer those so that you can prepare yourself for the rigorous tests that take place in this course. Lastly, STUDY. That is the most important thing, even if you think that you know the subject keep testing yourself on it until you know it like the back of your hand, otherwise when it comes to the test you'll blank out.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Wagner
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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