Presentation on theme: "Advanced Placement United States History"— Presentation transcript:
1 Advanced Placement United States History Lakeside High School
2 Why Take AP US History?Some students seek the opportunity to be challenged academically while in high school.Others appreciate the chance to be exempt from the introductory level of a course in college.
3 Course DescriptionThe 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 by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials- their relevance to a given interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should 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.
4 Themes in AP U.S. History The course will trace the following themes throughout the school year, emphasizing the ways in which they are interconnected and examining the ways in which each helps to shape the changes over time, the importance to studying the history of the United States.American DiversityAmerican IdentityCultureDemographic ChangesEconomic TransformationsEnvironmentGlobalizationPolitics and CitizenshipReformReligionSlavery and it’s Legacies in North AmericaWar and Diplomacy
5 Units of Study Colonization The American Revolutionary Era The Early RepublicAntebellum AmericaThe Union in Crisis & American Civil WarReconstruction & The Development of the WestIndustrial America & The Progressive EraThe Emergence of America in the 20th CenturyThe Great Depression & World War IIModern America
6 What makes AP US History Different? ExpectationsTime CommitmentTime ManagementReading LoadWriting SkillsCritical Thinking and Analytical SkillsAP Exam
7 The AP US History Exam Multiple-Choice (Section I) 80 Questions ……………. 55 minutesFree-Response (Section II)Part A: DBQ……………… 15 minutes +45 minutesPart B and C …………….. 70 minutes
8 What the students say!“I have always thought that History was terribly boring – until now. AP US History is one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken. I encourage all to take this course.”“As hard as it is, you’ll learn more than you have thus far. It will really change your outlook on history.”
9 What the students say!“This course requires an open mind and responsibility. Just read, read and read some more, take notes and practice your writing skills.”“I wish someone would have told me that just because so many people take the course, it does not mean I have to. Also, consider how difficult the junior year is before taking on a more advance course.”