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    Nov 10, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    As a history nerd, I'd highly recommend AP US to those who wish to get a more detailed account of American history than what is offered within regular high school courses. For example, the Nullification Crisis between the federal government and South Carolina is often cut from the standard high school American History, but is included within AP US History. Since the course follows an AP curriculum, much of a teacher's personal historical or political bias is cut away, allowing the course to cover ground from all sides of the history of the United States. I am deducting one star because if you are more interested in the military aspects of US History, you will not find that within this course, given AP prefers to focus on the social and political history of the United States rather than include some of the military names, formations, and tactics.

    Course highlights:

    At the start of the course, covering the American Revolution was most certainly the highlight, given it goes much more in depth on the interactions of the Continental Congress and many of the conflicts they had in signing the Declaration of Independence. Our teacher even showed us the early episodes of the acclaimed docudrama John Adams, covering his struggles with both George III and uniting the Continental Congress to unanimously sign the Declaration of Independence.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    First, be prepared to do a lot of writing. While AP has reformatted the AP US curriculum to make it much less heavy on the terms side, there are still plenty of notes to take and modules to complete. These modules on average contained anywhere from 25-40 terms plus one or two short answer questions. While it seems like busy work, defining the terms and writing short answers will prepare you for the tests. In each unit you will have to write at least one DBQ (Document Based Question) and LEQ (Long Essay Question). The DBQ is comprised of a series of seven historical documents from which you must synthesize the given information into an argumentative essay. In order to handle a DBQ, begin by reading the documents first, and think a central theme that relates most of them, as some of the documents will be odd ducks. From this identified theme, develop your argument, or thesis, and use the documents given to support your thesis. The DBQ is graded on a rubric of seven points. The first six are earned by having an identifiable thesis, using at least six of the documents to support your thesis, as well as analyzing the author's bias, point of view, or historical contexts and relations. Both of these total up to be four points. The next two of the first six points come from utilizing sources beyond what is offered in the documents. For example, if given a DBQ with a theme covering corruption in the Gilded Age, a source outside the course information about Tammany Hall and the political machines could be David McCullough's The Great Bridge, which cites Tammany politicians' use of public money for the Brooklyn Bridge going towards their own personal expenses and parties. This would provide further context to the extent of the political machine in the 1870s and 1880s and strengthen your essay. The seventh point on the rubric is earned through synthesizing, or connecting, your sources to another argument, such as a different historical period with similarities to the one outlined in the DBQ. The LEQ is essentially a classic essay: It is a test of both historical knowledge and memory, forcing you to write an argumentative essay while recalling historical knowledge to support your argument. The LEQ has a six-point rubric and requires the same objectives of the DBQ. Ultimately, look forward to the fact that once the exam is done, you spend the rest of the year partying!

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Bell
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Oct 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking APUSH 100 US history because it is a great experience if you are a history lover and a great challenge if that is what you seek! Vocabulary and unit outlines are expected to be done prior to the testing date for a certain unit but since this class is still a high school class, you can turn in work late for half the credit. I do not recommend doing so though.

    Course highlights:

    I think that the highlights of this course were the class discussions and reading material. I learned from this course generally how AP classes work and I also learned that without doing the nightly reading, vocabulary, and unit outlines, you aren't going to do so well in this class.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this course you will need to finish all assignments, do ALL nightly reading, and use the resources given to you by the teacher. For example, you should use a website called "connect.mheducation.com" and log into your teachers class and textbook to use the online textbook and use other materials to study for upcoming quizzes and tests.

    • Fall 2016
    • Robert Brosseau
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Requires Lots of Research

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