PLEASE READ THE COURSE INTRODUCTION BELOW TO PROPERLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO PROPERLY PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE.
Advanced Placement U.S. History is a college-level introductory course which examines the nations’ political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social, and economic history from the Pre-Columbian Period (1490s) to the present. The course is taught in accordance with the AP U.S. History curriculum framework, and is designed to prepare students for the AP U.S. History Exam.
AP U.S. History is a rigorous, fast paced and arduous course designed to be the equivalent of a full-year college U.S. History course. Students must also be willing to devote substantial time to study and the completion of class assignments outside of the classroom. Emphasis is placed on class discussion, the use of primary and secondary sources, critical reading, and analytical thinking and writing. Success on the exam is largely determined by student completion of reading and other assignments outside of class and the development of analytical skills. Students should learn to assess historical materials their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance and to weight the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.
The College Board also ties the AP U.S. History exam to the development of historical thinking skills that reflect the tasks of professional historians. These skills will be practiced throughout the course and include Chronological Reasoning (Historical Causation, Patterns of Continuity and Change Over Time, Periodization), Comparison and Contextualization, Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence (Appropriate Use of Historical Evidence), and Historical Interpretation and Synthesis.
In this course, you will watch videos, read articles, complete AP American History assignments, and participate in a group discussion forum covering AP American History. Also, you will take notes on the materials, answer research questions, complete assessments, and create instructional presentations and videos.
- SKILLS PRACTICED: American History, Content Writing, Listening, Research, Note-Taking, Reflection, Critical Thinking, Video Production, Project Management, Social Media Management
- SUBJECTS COVERED: AP American History
- POTENTIAL SUCCESS HABITS DEVELOPED: Time Management and Organization, Striving for Accuracy, Gathering Data Through All Senses/Capacity to Research, Active Memorization and Recall, Questioning and Posing Problems, Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision, Providing and Seeking Mentorship, Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
- COURSE DURATION: 180 days
- COURSE REQUIREMENTS: You will need to have access to Google Drive to access the project and assignments
- COURSE PARTICIPATION: Learners can participate in this course individually or as a group.
- COURSE AGE REQUIREMENTS: For learners 15 years and up.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
IN THIS COURSE, YOU WILL:
- Master a broad body of historical knowledge
- Demonstrate and understanding of historical chronology
- Use historical data to support an argument or position
- Interpret and apply data from original documents, including cartoons, graphs, letters, etc.
- Develop an understanding of historical materials and determine their relevance to a given interpretation, reliability, and importance
- Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast
- Work effectively with others to produce products and solve problems
- Prepare for and successfully pass the AP U.S. History Exam
Think of yourself in the following scenario as you complete this course.
- You are a new 24/7 Teach Historical Intern. You are supporting 24/7 Teach’s Partnership with the Natural Museum of American History. Your focus during the internship is to create written and visual exhibits evaluating American History through the lens of Social Justice.
COURSE – INSTRUCTIONS:
You have multiple steps and resources to review and complete in this course. We recommend that you complete one step at a time. Do not rush your learning or to complete the assignment. Some of the information in the learning materials are new, and some of it is repetitious. The learning materials have been chosen to provide you with different viewpoints on the same topics. We believe repetition brings mastery, but feel free to skip if need be.