1 Advanced Placement United States History Course Syllabus Locust Grove High School Jason Wayne, Room Phone: Course Description: From the CollegeBoard: The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP US History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. From the 2014 Redesign: The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objectives organized around seven themes, such as identity, peopling, and America in the world. In line with college and university US History survey courses increased focus on early and recent American history and decreased emphasis on other areas, the APUSH course expands on this history of the Americas from 1491 to 1607 and from 1980 to present. It also allows teachers flexibility across nine different periods of USH to teach topics of their choice in depth. APUSH is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university US history course. From the teacher: This course will be a semi-traditionally taught course making use of lecture, multiple-choice quizzes, tests, essays, etc. as well as class debates, group projects, creative projects and other non-traditional methods for learning differentiation. In preparation for the Document-Based Question (DBQ), Long Essay, and Short Answer on the AP exam, this will be a writing intensive course. Early in the first semester we will utilize document shuffles and primary source document analyses. The student will be required to complete DBQ s, Long Essays, and Short Answers throughout the semester. Class periods will be devoted to the development of historical writing, primary source analysis and constructing a competent thesis statement. Students, you must be willing to devote the time to homework and study OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME in order to succeed in this course! This course is designed and my philosophy is to instill in students the skills necessary to not just get into but FINISH college with a degree. AP US History utilizes the following historical themes and historical skills throughout the course. We will incorporating these into the content: Themes: Identity Work, Exchange and Technology Peopling Politics and Power America in the world Environment and Geography Ideas, Beliefs, and Culture Skills: Historical Causation Patterns of Continuity and Change over Time Periodization Comparison Contextualization Historical Argumentation Appropriate Use of Historical Evidence Interpretation Synthesis Textbooks: Brinkley, Alan. American History: A Survey. 12 th ed. Boston, Mass. McGraw Hill, 2007 Kennedy, David M. and Bailey, Thomas A., The American Spirit, Volumes I and II. 12 th ed. Boston, Mass. Wadsworth, 2010
2 Grading Procedures: We are now using a year-long grading system. The course will be for an entire credit and will not have a semester grade that is applied to the student s final transcript. The overall final grade will be given at the end of the school year. Unit Tests (Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Essays) 35% DBQ s, Document Analysis 25% Daily Work, Quizzes 20% Final Exam (EOCT) 20% Essays and document based questions will be graded on content, use of outside information, use of primary documentary evidence, and grammar, spelling, and proof of critical thinking. Course Schedule: You are responsible for reading the textbook on your own. Text reading is to be completed during the dates that they will be discussed. Test and assignment dates are subject to change at the instructor s discretion. Also, each unit utilizes discussions of and writing about related historiography: how interpretations of events have changed over time, how the issues at one time have had an impact on the experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how such reevaluation of the past continue to shape the way historians see the world today. These discussions will be woven throughout the course.. * Course Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Fall Term 2014 August 4-13 Period Chapter 1 The Meeting of Cultures Pre-Columbian America, Early colonial claims, The Beginnings of Mercantilism August 13 - Chapter 1 Quiz (Multiple Choice) August 12-Sept. 8 Period Chapter 2 Transplantations and Borderlands - The Chesapeake Colonies, Religion in New England, The Colonial South, The Middle colonies, Ties with the Caribbean Chapter 3 Society and Culture in Provincial America - Colonial Culture, The Beginnings of Slavery, The Differences in Regional Colonial Economies, The Great Awakening, The Enlightenment September 5 & 8 Unit Test - Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 1-3) Sept. 9-Oct. 2 Period Chapter 4 The Empire in Transition - Colonial Involvement and Imperial Wars, The Effects of the French and Indian War, The Road to Revolution, Creating a Colonial Continental Government, The First Battles of War Chapter 5 The American Revolution - Declaring Independence, Wartime Diplomacy, War and Society, The Role of Women in the War, Slavery and the War, The Articles of Confederation, The Northwest Ordinance, Shays Rebellion Chapter 6 The Constitution and New Republic - Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, The Federalist's Debate, The Constitutional Convention, Hamilton's Economic Plan, A Sovereign Government, Establishing the Presidency, Diplomacy of the New Nation, Federalist Downfall, Controversy and John Adams Presidency, The Revolution of October 1 & 2 - Unit Test - Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 5-6)
3 Oct. 3 Nov. 3 Period Chapter 7 The Jeffersonian Era - The Rise of Cultural Nationalism, The Second Great Awakening, The Economic Impact of Technology, Thomas Jefferson-the People's President, The Marshall Court, The Louisiana Purchase, Diplomacy and War Chapter 8 Varieties of American Nationalism - The Era of Good Feelings, The Growth of Regional Economies, American Expansion, Sectionalism Over Expansion, The Missouri Compromise, The Monroe Doctrine. Chapter 9 Jacksonian America - The Rise of Mass Politics, The Common Man President, Nullification Crisis, Jackson versus the Indians, Jackson and the National Bank, The Changing face of American politics, The Rise of the Whig's October 21 Unit Test Multiple Choice Test (Chapters 7-9) Chapter 10 America s Economic Revolution - The Growth of the Economy, The Development of Transportation Systems, The Beginnings of a Market Economy, The Birth of the Factory System, The Impact of Immigrants on Industry, The Rise of Nativism, Mid-19th-century Culture, Henry Clay's American System Chapter 11 Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South - King Cotton and the Expansion of Slavery, White Society and the South, Slavery: Myth and Reality, The Culture of Slavery Chapter 12 Antebellum Culture and Reform - Antebellum Literature, The Transcendentalists, New Forms of Religion in America, The American Cultural Reform, The Rise of Feminism, Abolitionists Speak Out Oct. 31 & Nov. 3 Unit Test Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 7-12) Nov. 5 Dec. 9 Period Chapter 13 The Impending Crisis - Manifest Destiny, America Takes the West, War with Mexico, The New Lands, Old Sectional Problems, The Compromise of 1850, Violence over Slavery, The Election of Lincoln Chapter 14 The Civil War - The Secession of the South, the Crittenden compromise, wartime diplomacy, the mobilization of the North, Northern economic wartime policies, the politics of emancipation, the mobilization of the South, Southern economic wartime policies, economic and social effects of the war, issues of civil liberty, the Anaconda plan, the Western theater, Sherman's March, Appomattox. Chapter 15 Reconstruction and The New South - Issues of Reconstruction, Reconstruction Plans, and Reconstruction Amendments, The Issue of the Freedmen, Grant s Administration, Compromise of 1877, Life in the New South, Birth of Jim Crow Dec. 8 & 9 - Unit Test - Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 13-15) Dec Catch up and Review for Midterms December Midterm Exams - Spring Term 2015 Jan. 6 Feb. 2 Period Chapter 16 The Conquest of the Far West - Defeat at the native tribes, Asian immigration, Resurgence of nativism, Economics of boom and bust towns, The cowboy culture Chapter 17 Industrial Supremacy - the rise in industrial technology, inventors and entrepreneurs, the self-made man, social Darwinism, the immigrant workforce, the rise of labor unions, the politics of government regulation and business Jan. 20 Unit Test Multiple Choice (Chapters 16-17)
4 Chapter 18 The Age of the City - urbanization, Americanization and exclusion, the urban landscape, social, political and economic problems of city life, the rise of pop culture, increasing education and the turn-of-the-century Chapter 19 From Stalemate to Crisis - government corruption and patronage, the forgettable presidents, Economic legislation, McKinley tariff, Interstate Commerce Act, Sherman-Antitrust act, Populism and the farmlands Jan. 30 & Feb. 2 Unit Test Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 16-19) Feb. 3 March 18 Period Chapter 20 The Imperial Republic - The new manifest destiny. American territorial claims, A Splendid Little War, The New American Colonies, the Open Door, America's imperial diplomacy Chapter 21 The Rise of Progressivism - the Muckrakers and the Social Gospel movement, Women in Reform, Changing forms of government, New ideas toward industry and labor, Social changes Chapter 22 The Battle for National Reform - Theodore Roosevelt's Square deal, Progressive Presidents and Trusts, Conservation issues, Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom, Imperialistic foreign-policy Unit Test - Multiple Choice Chapters Chapter 23 America and the Great War - War in Europe and war at home, Wartime civil liberties, Propaganda, the politics of the Treaty of Versailles, Congressional debate of ratification of the treaty and its rejection, Labor problems during and after the war, The Red Scare and anti-radicalism Chapter 24 The New Era.- The Booming economy of the 20s, Returning to normalcy, Isolationism, The Changing face of women, Prohibition, the Harlem Renaissance, Fundamentalism versus Urbanization, The Republican party strength Unit Test Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] Chapters Chapter 25 The Great Depression - Boom to bust, Herbert Hoover's rugged individualism, Social issues of the Great Depression, American culture during the Depression, The election in 1932 Chapter 26 The New Deal - relief, recovery, reform, FDR's alphabet agencies, Critics of the new deal, economic policy changes, The politics of the new deal, political and social criticism of FDR, the Supreme Court and the balance of government within the New Deal Unit Test Multiple Choice Chapters Chapter 27 The Global Crisis Isolationism, Pacifism, and Neutrality and the Ramifications for US policy in Europe, Latin America, and Asia during the 1920s and early 1930s, From neutrality to intervention, FDR's foreign aid to the Allies through the land lease act and cash and carry policy, Pearl Harbor. Chapter 28 America in a World at War - the War in Europe and the Far East, the War on the homefront, Changes in the lives of minorities and women, the Manhattan Project and the decision to use the atomic bomb and its consequences March 18 & 19 - Unit Test - Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 25-28) March 20 April 28 Period Chapter 29 The Cold War - Communism and containment, Diplomacy and the Marshall plan, the Korean War, the Red Scare, the United States as a world power, McCarthyism, Cold War expansion, the Space race, Postwar literature and culture 1950s Chapter 30 The Affluent Society Postwar prosperity and the baby boom, Consumer culture in the Unit Test Multiple Choice (Chapters 29-30)
5 Chapter 31 Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Ordeal of Liberalism - the Cold War continues, Expansion of the war in Vietnam, the Civil rights revolution and evolution, Johnson and the great society, immigration and demographic changes Chapter 32 The Crisis of Authority - the New counterculture, Mobilization of minorities, Feminism and the women's movement, Environmentalism in a turbulent society, Civil rights and affirmative action, the Presidential crisis April 27 & 28 - Unit Test Multiple Choice and Essay [two days] (Chapters 29-32) April 29 May 6 Period Present Chapter 33 From The Age of Limits to the Age of Reagan - Foreign-policy and the issue of oil, Reagan and the new right, the End of the Cold War, Politics and the Supreme Court, Globalization, War and diplomacy in the Middle East Reaganomics, Chapter 34 The Age of Globalization New conservatism in the US; The end of the Cold War; Social, Economic, and demographic changes in 21 st Century US May 6 Unit Test Multiple Choice (Chapters 33-34) May 7-14 Review for AP Test AP US History Test is Friday, May 15, 2014!!!!!!!! Make-up policy: A student who has been absent (EXCUSED) is responsible for meeting with his teachers within two days of returning to school to arrange for makeup work. The time during which makeup work must be completed should not exceed the number of days missed by the student. For example, a student who was absent (excused) for three days will have two days (maximum) to arrange for makeup work and three days (maximum) to actually make up work - a total (maximum) of five days. Makeup work for this student is eligible for maximum credit for correct work All Work is EXPECTED ON TIME. There will be severe penalties for any work submitted after the due date to the point of not excepting late work. This is a college level class, and you are going to be treated as such. Class Expectations 1. Bring notebook, paper, and writing utensil. I suggest a large three-ring binder. 2. No food, drink, grooming, or homework for another class! 3. No personal grooming in class. All items used for such will be confiscated. 4. Be on time daily!! You are to assume the responsibility of getting makeup work. Absences and AP do NOT get along. 5. Be Prepared: that means you have read the material assigned or completed the homework. 6. Organization: Keep a well organized notebook 7. Do not bother to ask for a hall pass unless it is an emergency. Medical needs must be on file. The teacher determines what is urgent. 8. Your contribution is important you will be asked to participate Be Prepared!! 9. If there is a concern or problem, you possess the maturity to come and talk to me. Cheating: This is against school rules and will result in a zero for any student cheating. This rule applies to all assignments in and out of the classroom.
6 Consequences: (in order) 1 st Offense Verbal Warning / Private Chat Entry on referral sheet 2 nd Offense Teacher Detention Second entry on referral sheet and phone conference with parents 3 rd Offense Teacher Detention Third entry on referral sheet 4 th Offense Fourth entry Referral to administration Detention will be served before or after school or at lunch in my classroom based on my schedule. You must make arrangements to attend when assigned. Helpful Hints: Read every night follow the syllabus. Analyze information don t just memorize it use the techniques given in class. Read don t put it off Ask questions come see me at any time. Don t get overwhelmed or frustrated take your time and ask questions Ask for help I m here for you! Get a study group organized and share. Be prepared for class everyday you don t know what will happen Read, read, read. Please have parents read over this entire syllabus and both of you sign below. AP US History Locust Grove High School Jason Wayne Instructor Room I have read, understand, and will strive to meet all goals and expectations of the AP US History syllabus. Student Name: Student Signature: Parent Signature: