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AP PSYCHOLOGY AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AP WORLD HISTORY AP US HISTORY AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AP EUROPEAN HISTORY AP MACRO ECONOMICS How to make informed decisions.

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1 AP PSYCHOLOGY AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY AP WORLD HISTORY AP US HISTORY AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AP EUROPEAN HISTORY AP MACRO ECONOMICS How to make informed decisions about Social Studies AP Courses Cynthia Lloyd – Social Studies Department Chair cynthia.lloyd@cms.k12.nc.uscynthia.lloyd@cms.k12.nc.us or 980-343-6300 ext 40020237

2 10 th GRADE Civics and Economics Standard or Honors 11 th /12 th GRADE Amer. Hist 2 Standard or Honors 9 th GRADE World History Standard or Honors starting with the Class of 2016 (9 th graders in 2012-2013) To be taken in this order, in consecutive years 11 th GRADE Amer. History 1 Standard or Honors 11 th GRADE AP US History (Advanced Placement) Please refer to the handouts identifying all electives and AP courses in Social Studies that are offered at Butler.

3 Social Studies AP Courses with no prerequisite… AP Psychology AP Human Geography AP World History ( can count as the required World credit) In order to take these courses students will need to get an AP Profile form from their 8 th grade counselor, fill out it with their parents and return it to their middle school next week. Students will meet with Mrs. Lloyd (SS Dept Chair) and/or Ms. Ferguson (API) to discuss their choices and answer any questions Student will be asked to complete a short writing prompt. We will be able to use this to give students and parents feedback in order to help them make informed decisions about these classes.

4 Most Honors Students must take…. Honors World History Honors Civics and Econ Honors American 1 Honors American 2 AP US History & Another Elective or AP course at some point during the 4 years or Most of the top students at Butler will take 2 or 3 elective AP Social Studies courses during their 4 years.

5 AP Resources on your tables AP Textbooks – college-level AP syllabus for each course AP assessments –Free Response (FRQ) and Document-Based Questions (DBQ) College board website http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses /teachers_corner/index.html

6 Data from our 1st year of 9 th grade AP students 9 current 9 th graders taking AP classes at Butler 1 dropped out of AP 7 of 9 are performing adequately The high performing students all had As in Honors LA and Social studies as 8 th graders and scored a IV on the EOGs.

7 AP Teachers AP Psychology – Scott Fernandez AP Human Geography – Stephen Lloyd AP World History – Kurt Wessler

8 I am ready for an AP course if… I am able to learn and master concepts by myself. I am able apply what I learn to new situations and not just memorize facts. I am able to organize my thoughts and communicate them in written form. I am able to develop a thesis and defend it. I recognize success in an AP course may not be an A but might be a C. I am willing to work hard for the sake of learning and not just a grade. I am willing and able to commit the necessary amount of time to be successful. I am sophisticated enough to handle mature content. I am willing to take a college level course as a 14 year old.

9 AP Courses AP courses challenge the very brightest students College-Level courses College credit is granted for scoring a minimum of a 3 out of 5 on the AP exam. 3 out of 5 is anywhere between 40 and 70% of all students Top colleges require a 5 which is roughly 15-20% Butler High school AP students have consistently exceeded local, state and national averages. In CMS last data release we were ranked 2 nd in CMS for AP scores. Taking AP classes in 9 th grade will decrease your childs chances of scoring a 5 or a 3 (credit for most colleges)

10 Survey given to my current AP Psych 10 th graders (I have over 50 of the top 10 th graders at BHS)… Based on what you know now, do you think you would have taken and could have handled this course in 9 th grade if it was available to you. If no, please state why? Survey results: 7 answered yes. Most common reason given for why not was 9 th grade is a transition year for increased academic rigor, individual responsibility for learning material.

11 AP Psychology AP Psych teachers Blog… I entered a discussion question regarding 9 th graders taking AP Out of 27 responses.. a) None had ever heard of freshman taking AP psych b) 11 did not allow 10 th graders to take it in their districts other than CMS.

12 AP Psychology c) taking AP classes as a 9 th grader is extremely rare. d) nobody thought it was a good idea. The most common reason was 1. 9 th grade is a transition year from middle school and 2. they will not get as much value out of the course because of their age. 14 year old taking a course designed for a 19 year old.

13 What is AP Psychology Formally defined, Psychology is the study of individual behavior and mental processes. 30% of course is considered to be biologically based. Topics include but are not limited to: Social Psychology States of Consciousness Personality Motivation Emotion Neuroscience Psychological Disorders Memory and Cognition.

14 AP Human Geography What the HECK is Human Geography? It combines history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science AND geography to focus on the topics of: Human population Cultural and political organization Agriculture Economic development Urbanization

15 AP Human Geography In general…..the stronger a students background in World History (9 th ), Civics and Economics (10 th ), and US History (11 th ) …the better able they are to understand and make connections between historical and cultural themes to abstract geographic concepts: Globalization, migration, diffusion, distribution, divergence, convergence, development

16 AP World History Will count as a students required World History credit. If a student chooses to take Honors World as a 9 th grader, they may still take AP World later as an elective credit. Course is for the historian not the social scientist Test differences: DBQ, change over time essay and comparative essay with M/C

17 I am ready for an AP course if… I am able to learn and master concepts by myself. I am able apply what I learn to new situations and not just memorize facts. I am able to organize my thoughts and communicate them in written form. I am able to develop a thesis and defend it. I recognize success in an AP course may not be an A but might be a C. I am willing to work hard for the sake of learning and not just a grade. I am willing and able to commit the necessary amount of time to be successful. I am willing to take a college level course as a 14 year old. I am sophisticated enough to handle mature content.

18 FAQs Can I drop the course next fall after school starts? Yes, within the first 10 classes, but you will have to go into another A/B scheduled course which limits your options. If you change to a 4x4 course your entire schedule will most likely be affected Specific questions may be addressed with the teachers at the tables in the 400 hall tonight. Mr. Leach is speaking in the auditorium at 6:00


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