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This class was tough.
Mrs. Hargrove is my favorite of every teacher I have ever had. She designs her class to help the students with their needs rather than following a set lesson plan. While she does require her class to read the entire APUSH textbook, and she follows a rough schedule, she is willing to shift quiz and test dates around to accommodate each students schedules and needs. While some history classes can be boring and tedious, this course is exciting and geared towards the students. Mrs. Hargrove personally makes unit study guides for her students, and she is more than willing to invite you into her room to work on any topic that you're struggling with. With a teacher as great as Mrs. Hargrove, APUSH becomes more of an adventure than a school subject; you and your entire class is taken back through time with fun, educational projects and readings.
One highlight of this course is a project called the historic hall of fame. students were divided into groups of two and were assigned a single illustrious reformist to study. In the presentation of the project, each group would give a speech as to why their reformist should be inaugurated into the fictional hall of fame, based on their life's work and personal history. This was very educational in that the teacher had us vote for which group should be inaugurated, which enticed us to pay more attention to the speeches. we learned of a variety of reformists, many of whom showed up on the AP test.
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Advice for students:
Absolutely never skip any of the homework. while there is not always a quiz over the readings the day after, everything that was assigned as homework will appear on the unit tests. The tests in this class call for rather specific information, not just broad ideas. You have to pay attention to details and make a kind of web of intrigue involving people and events of different eras and how they connect to each other. Most importantly, take good notes during lectures! Mrs. Hargrove is better at explaining history than anyone else I know, and she and another history teacher personally make the unit and semester tests. This means that most of the information from the lectures will appear in a parallel structure on the tests.