Pretty easy, overall.
Mrs. Koehler does her best to ensure that the class is fun and engaging and helpful. She gives notes outlines for every chapter that follow the presentation, and a schedule so you can know what to expect and when to expect it.
The highlights of the class was definitely whenever she would show movies or documentaries that co-align with the lesson plan in class--though you have to answer questions to receive credit, the answers are easy to find. In the class, we learned about the history of America through many perspectives, from pre-colonial Native Americans and conquistadors to politicians and the public in the 1990s. We also learned how to write several kinds of essays in order to prepare for the AP.
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Advice for students:
There's a quiz every class based on the reading, and the notes after the quiz are based on said reading--try not to lose your book like I did. While there are many different sources for notes and outlines of the book, they're often out of order and not detailed enough for the quizzes. Since there are so many quizzes, failing one or two a quarter isn't a disaster. Just be ready to do the reading every night. Read the comments on the essays, as they're there to help you improve. Every test has either three short-answer questions, a standard essay, or a Document Based Question (DBQ) that goes with it--asides from that, all questions are multiple choice. Expect to write a lot in this class. Do the writing and reading and you will be fine--lots of in-class assignments can be done in groups, so you can ask others for help as needed.