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    Nov 28, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course was fun and entertaining, but was one of the most labor-intensive courses I've taken at LZHS. I learned a lot throughout the year, but I also filled an entire 5-subject notebook with chapter notes throughout the year. If you love history, I would definitely recommend this course to you, but if you think it's going to be an easy class that you can slide through, you would be better off looking into an honors level course.

    Course highlights:

    We learned all of the major historical events from the migrations of Native Americans to Hurricane Katrina and their effects on the history of the United States and the world. All of the content and skills are taught in preparation for the AP Exam in May. There are usually 10-12 pages of reading per night. Mr. Voss will randomly give pop quizzes in class where you can use any notes you took for the reading. The end of the year is undoubtedly the most fun part of the classs after all of the hard work is over. Overall, it was an enjoyable class though, and Mr. Voss is always willing to help struggling students.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to keep up with the daily readings. At the beginning of each quarter, you will receive a calendar with the page numbers for each night. The best advice I can give is to work as far ahead as you can on the weekends so you aren't up all night every weekday. Also, if you think you can handle it, take AP Language and Composition with Mr. May. Voss and May are best friends and have ongoing jokes between their classes.

    • Fall 2016
    • Voss
    • Yes
    • A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Aug 26, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's one of the more popular AP's to take among juniors at the school, so there's a lot of people that are willing to help with study materials, study groups, helping to understand the material, etc. The teacher I had was very good at teaching the material, and he was also a really funny and easy going person. Although you do need to put in the effort in order to do well, the resources are there and there's a lot more juniors who are in the same spot as you.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were learning about the periods of US history that wasn't looked at as much in previous years. Being able to see how the US expanded both physically and economically was really cool to see. And you learn about a lot of presidents you've never heard of, which was really cool to see why they weren't as well known as other presidents.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO THE READING AND TAKE NOTES. Because not doing the reading only is hurting yourself, and you never know when there will be a pop quiz, and all pop quizzes were open note, so if you don't read, you're not going to do well.

    • Fall 2016
    • Voss
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jan 24, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The recent success of the musical Hamilton has highlighted America's need for identity. Your can learn all about Hamilton, Clay, McNamara, and other unsung heroes of America's culture. Lately, people are focused on the future, but it is by truly understanding what policies and decisions have made America what it is today that one can understand present political, social, and economic issues. The real downside to this course is that there are notes to do every night.

    Course highlights:

    Without giving too many spoilers, Mr.Voss is definitely a highlight to APUSH; you never quite know what story he's going to tell you to help you remember things. Everyone's highlight is different because different people are attracted to different periods of history. Personally, I greatly enjoyed the Revolutionary War and the WW2 era.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you have the opportunity to get ahead on notes, take it! As you are taking notes, make little notes to yourself of things you have a question on so you can ask them in class.

    • Fall 2015
    • Voss
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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