There are many differences between AP and college prep U.S. History. The most significant difference is the fact that one is preparing students for college level history and the other is college level history. The AP course is designed to prepare students for a very, very difficult exam in May. This three- hour exam contains a section of 55 stimulus based multiple choice questions that are comprehensive for the entire school year. Four short answer questions covering content from 1491-present also test students knowledge and application of skills. In addition, students must write two essays in a ninety minute period. One of the essays is based on a packet of primary sources. The topic of this Document Based Question (DBQ), as well as the long essay question, which is not known until the test begins.
The rewards of an AP class are substantial. Students will learn much more history than in a college prep class. There will be a much bigger emphasis on critical thinking. The organizational and study skills developed while taking AP courses will be of immeasurable value in college. The peer culture in AP courses tends to be much more academic in its focus than in college prep courses. While the rewards are many, the price is a much more challenging curriculum and work load. Finally, a change in perception of success is necessary when students take AP courses. AP students should not be held to the perceptions of success that apply to the college prep courses.
Topics of the course through the first semester include contact between American Indians and Europeans in North America, life and thought in colonial America, revolutionary ideology, constitutional development, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, nineteenth century reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The subjects of second semester will include Gilded Age, Populism. Progressivism, Imperialism, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, and the post Cold War era. Our studies this year will cover the time period 1491-present.
In addition to the units of study listed above, the course will focus on the following skills: chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis. These skills will be used in conjunction with the following thematic learning objectives: ▶ American and National Identity ▶ Politics and Power ▶ Work, Exchange, and Technology ▶ Culture and Society ▶ Migration and Settlement ▶ Geography and the Environment ▶ America in the World
Email: Patenl@nv.ccsd.net AP/Honors United States History Senior Class Advisor
Class Schedule P1 - APUSH P2 - US Hon P3 - US Hon P4 - US Hon P5 - US HonP6 - PREP P7 - PREPP8 - US Hon