Presentation on theme: "General Review Tips Prioritize - Focus on topics/areas of weakness first Avoid trying to memorize too much - Review “big picture” concepts first, specific."— Presentation transcript:
General Review Tips Prioritize - Focus on topics/areas of weakness first Avoid trying to memorize too much - Review “big picture” concepts first, specific terms/name/events later Look at old materials - Review in-class and reading notes, past essays & tests, study materials from Fall final Try different approaches - There is no “best” way to review (alone/group, on-line/book/flash cards, practice tests/packets – it depends on your learning style – try mixing it up). Find a “middle ground” - Some review better than no review. Too much review is counterproductive. Be positive – You have learned a lot this year & the AP exam is graded on a major curve.
AP Exam Multiple Choice Information 55 minutes for 80 questions Each question has 5 possible answers Multiple Choice counts for ½ of total score No points lost for wrong or skipped questions. Questions get progressively more challenging. BIG curve on multiple choice - Score over 40 likely earns a 3 (passing score) – over 50 likely earns a 4 and over 60 a 5. Chronology of Questions: –16 (20%) pre 1790; 36 (45%) 1790-1914; 28 (35%) 1915 – 1990 Topic of Questions: –28 (35%) Politics; 28 (35%) Social/Cultural; 12 (15%) Foreign Policy; 8 (10%) Economics; 4 (5%) Cultural/Intellectual
AP Exam Essay Information There is 1 DBQ essay you must write on and 4 FRQ prompts of which you must write on 2. You will be required to write one FRQ on a topic prior to 1880 and one FRQ on a topic after that date. 130 minutes (15 min reading period; 45 min. suggested for DBQ; 70 minutes for other 2 FRQs) The 5 total essay prompts will range in their topics chronologically and thematically. AP Essay Writing Tips READ prompts multiple times Brainstorm & make a quick “plan of attack” Introduction needs some brief background on “big picture” followed by an on-topic thesis Body paragraphs need to BLEND details with analysis. (Facts & explanations). Grading is “holistic” – no points “taken away”, just earned. If in doubt, make a guess.
A few AP US Exam review websites: Time lines: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/timeline/timelineO.cfm http://chaos1.hypermart.net/fullsize/US1750fs.gif http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0902416.html Terms grouped by “era” http://www.mredmoody.com/ush-ap-preperation.html http://www.salemwitchtrials.com/history/index.htm General review websites: http://highschoolsurvivalguide.com/APUSH.html http://www.apstudynotes.org/us-history/ http://www.historyteacher.net/AHAP/AHAPCourseMainPage.htm
Key concepts to consider Successes/Failures of Reconstruction Why/how America industrialized during the late 19 th century; how westward expansion tied into that (frontier thesis, land, Native Americans, wealth, technology, labor unions/issues, etc.) Causes/consequences of immigration & urbanization How/why political change and progressive reforms gain momentum (regional/urban vs rural, muckrakers, reformers/presidents) How/why the US foreign policy changes from 1898-1919
Compare and contrast the US foreign policy after the first world war and after the second world war. Consider the periods 1919-1928 and 1945-1950.
To what extent did the United States achieve the objectives that led it to enter the First World War?
Historians have argued that Progressive reform lost momentum in the 1920s. Evaluate this statement with respect to TWO of the following: –Regulation of business –Labor –Immigrants
Compare and contrast the programs and policies designed by reformers of the Progressive era to those designed by reformers of the New Deal period. Confine your answer to programs and policies that addressed the needs of those living in poverty.
Analyze the roles that women played in Progressive Era reforms from the 1880s through 1920. Focus your essay on TWO of the following: Politics Social conditions Labor/working conditions
To what extent did the role of the federal government change under President Theodore Roosevelt in regards to TWO of the following: Labor Trusts Conservation World Affairs
Compare and contrast the ways that many Americans expressed their opposition to immigrants in the 1840s-1850s with the ways that many Americans expressed their opposition to immigrants in the 1910s-1920s.
Analyze the extent to which the Spanish- American War was a turning point in American foreign policy.
Analyze the impacts of TWO of the following on the American industrial worker between 1865 & 1900. Government Actions Immigration Labor Unions Technological Changes
Compare and contrast the attitudes of TWO of the following toward the wealth that was created in the U.S. during the late 19 th century. Andrew Carnegie Eugene Debs Booker T. Washington Ida Tarbell
How were the lives of the Plains Indians in the second half of the 19 th century affected by technological developments and government actions?
From whom and to what extent was the American West a land of opportunity from 1865 to 1890?
Following Reconstruction, many southern leaders promoted the ideas of a “New South.” To what extent was this “New South” a reality by the time of the First World War? In your answer be sure to address TWO of the following: Economic Development Politics Race Relations
Evaluate the impact of the Civil War on political and economic developments in TWO of the following regions: The South The North The West Focus your answers on the period between 1865 and 1900.
Describe the patterns of immigration in TWO of the periods listed below. Compare and contrast the responses of Americans to immigrants in these periods. 1820-1860 1880-1924 1965-2000