AP USH Schedule

Advanced Placement United States History

AP US History Course Schedule, Revised, 8/24/18

NOTE!  Keep up with this schedule!  This is your guide to what is expected of you each day in class, whether you are present or not!  I will also post a copy of this schedule in the classroom, but it is your responsibility to make sure that you are on schedule.

NOTE!  Complete the indicated assignment for the class day indicated below, and be prepared for the essay exam on the assigned material on the date indicated.

NOTE!  In the event that school is cancelled due to weather, the posted schedule of assignments and exams will not change.  Because the AP Exam does not move back, I don't have the luxury of "shifting the schedule," so be ready for the assignment or assessment posted for the date that we return to class.  I will often post up special instructions or an occasional "take-home assignment" in the event of cancellation, but I will not alter it otherwise.  Again, it's your responsibility to keep up with the schedule even when school is out.  

Key to Abbreviations Below:

Kennedy = American Pageant, 16th Edition

Here is a brief guide to the Concepts, Terms and Nomenclature that Drive AP US History.  Check it out, it is very helpful.

See the Assessment Index linked under Assignment / Assessment below for all of the possible terms and essay prompts that students are accountable for on exam days.

See the Course Policies Page for study / preparation strategies and information about re-tests.
 
Daily Schedule, Spring Semester 2019

Date

Assignment

Assessment

M, 4/22

Read AMSCO, Chapters 1-4 (Colonial America)

For each chapter you read, be prepared to explain THE Biggest Idea or MOST Significant Development. What makes an idea “big” or a development “significant”? See below. You should be prepared to make your case with clear evidence and well-reasoned argumentation.

 

A BIG idea is any innovation, new system of thought or perspective that has an impact well beyond its original application or intention. Prove that your idea is BIG by explaining the ways in which it influenced or shaped events in subsequent periods of U.S. History. The more instances you can prove, the bigger the idea!

 

A SIGNIFICANT development is an event that produces multiple effects and exerts a sustained influence on future events. Prove that your event is SIGNIFICANT by explaining its multiplicity of both short and longer-term effects through more than one period of U.S. History. The more instances you can prove, the more significant the development!

 

TRY to GUESS MINE! You can earn 10 bonus points if you are able to correctly guess the big idea or significant development that I select for a given chapter.

Big Idea Exam 1-4

4/23

AMSCO, Chapters 5 and 6

Big Idea Exam 5-6

4/24

AMSCO, Chapters 7 and 8

Big Idea Exam 7-8

4/25

AMSCO, Chapters 9 and 10

Big Idea Exam 9-10

4/26

AMSCO, Chapters 11 and 12

Big Idea Exam 11-12

M, 4/29

AMSCO, Chapters 13 and 14

Big Idea Exam 13-14

4/30

AMSCO, Chapters 15 and 16

Big Idea Exam 15-16

5/1

AMSCO, Chapters 17 and 18

Big Idea Exam 17-18

5/2

AMSCO, Chapters 19 and 20

Big Idea Exam 19-20

5/3

AMSCO, Chapters 21 and 22

Big Idea Exam 21-22

M, 5/6

AMSCO, Chapters 23 and 24

Big Idea Exam 23-24

5/7

AMSCO, Chapters 25 and 26

Big Idea Exam 25-26
Post-War Feminism DBQ - (the DBQ begins on p. 6.)
(this DBQ is extra credit)

5/8

AMSCO, Chapters 27 and 28

Big Idea Exam 27-28

5/9

AMSCO, Chapters 29 and 30
7:30am, Final Review Session (optional)

Big Idea Exam 29-30

5/10

AP Exam, 8:00am

Time to get your 5!



Date

Topic

Assignment / Assessment

M, 2/11

The Great Depression and the Election of 1932

Term Exam (Chapter 32)
Kennedy Index 29-36

2/12

FDR’s New Deal: Relief, Reform, Recovery

Essay Practice

2/13

Social Security and “pump-priming”

Essay Exam (Chapter 32)

2/14

Wagner Act and Fair Labor Standards

Essay Practice

2/15

Legacy of the New Deal

Essay Exam (Chapter 32)

M, 2/18

Fascism Arises in Europe

Term Exam (Chapter 33)

2/19

FDR’s foreign policy

Essay Exam (Chapter 33)

2/20

ACT Testing

 

2/21

Precarious US Neutrality

Essay Practice

2/22

The Failure of “Appeasement”

Essay Exam (Chapter 33)

M, 2/25

WWII: Mobilization and the Homefront

Term Exam (Chapter 34)

2/26

European Theatre

Essay Practice

2/27

Pacific Theatre

Essay Exam (Chapter 34)

2/28

VE and VJ Day 1945

Essay Practice

3/1

The Meaning of Sacrifice in WWII

Essay Exam (Chapter 34)

M, 3/4

Truman and the Fair Deal

Term Exam (Chapter 35)

3/5

Post-War America

Essay Practice

3/6

Cold War Emerges

Essay Exam (Chapter 35)

3/7

Korean War
Cold War Notes (awesome)

Essay Practice

3/8


McCarthyism and Reaction

Essay Exam (Chapter 35)

M, 3/11

“I Like Ike”: Consumer Culture in the 1950s

Term Exam (Chapter 36)
(first column only)
Kennedy Index 37-41

3/12

Kennedy and the Election of 1960

Term Exam (Chapter 36)
(second column only)

3/13

Civil Rights and Social Change

Essay Exam (Chapter 36)

3/14

The Brink of War: Cuba and Berlin

Essay Practice

3/15

LBJ’s Great Society

Essay Exam (Chapter 36)

M, 3/18

Civil Rights Victories and Tragedies
Civil Rights Spreadsheet

Term Exam (Chapter 37)
(first column only)

3/19

Vietnam and Escalation

Term Exam (Chapter 37)
(second column only)

3/20

1968: American Crossroads

Essay Exam (Chapter 37)

3/21

Nixon and Scandal

Essay Practice

3/22

Watergate and President Ford

Essay Exam (Chapter 37)

M, 3/25

Détente: Cold War Thaws

Term Exam (Chapter 38)

3/26

Carter and the Bicentennial

Essay Practice

3/27

Stagflation and the 1970s

Essay Exam (Chapter 38)

3/28

Camp David and the Iran Hostage Crisis

Essay Practice

3/39

The Reagan Revolution of 1980

Essay Exam (Chapter 38)

M, 4/1

Deregulation and Trickle-Down

Term Exam (Chapter 39)

4/2

Iran-Contra and Grenada

Essay Practice

4/3

Cold War Sputters to an End

Essay Exam (Chapter 39)

4/4

Reagan’s Legacy

Essay Practice

4/5

“A Kinder, Gentler America” – GHW Bush

Essay Exam (Chapter 39)

M, 4/8

Clinton and the 1990s

Term Exam (Chapter 40)

4/9

Balanced Budgets and “Welfare Reform”

Essay Practice

4/10

Now what? Foreign Policy at the TOTC

Essay Exam (Chapter 40)

4/11

GW Bush and the Post-911 World

Essay Practice

4/12

Obama and Today

Term Exam (Chapter 41)

 

AMSCO: US History Text (pdf version)

 



Date

Topic

Assignment / Assessment

12/19

I will be at school on the afternoon of 19th if you would like to complete a re-test or a make-up. I have a dentist appointment in the morning.

Grades for 1st semester will be finalized on 1/18, so make a plan to get those re-tests and make-ups resolved. The “0”s are killing your average.

12/20-31

Take-Home Essay: Please write Chapter 22, prompt 1 as a take-home essay and have it ready to turn in on the 2nd.

Essay Exam 22.1

1/1

Happy New Year!  Note that we will have two chapters per week through most of January, so use some of your time off to read ahead.

Grades for 1st semester will be finalized on 1/18, so make a plan to get those re-tests and make-ups resolved. The “0”s are killing your average.

 

Date

Topic

Assignment / Assessment

W, 1/2

Reconstruction and Impeachment

Term Exam (Chapter 22)

1/3

13th, 14th and 15th

Essay Practice

1/4

The Fate of the Freedmen

Essay Exam (Chapter 22)

M, 1/7

Gilded Age Politics

Term Exam (Chapter 23)
Kennedy Index 23-28
The Gilded Age Cheat Sheet

1/8

“Grant Us Another Term”

Essay Practice

1/9

Scandal and Big Business

Essay Exam 23
(prompts 1, 2 or 5 only)

1/10

Agrarian Radicalism (pissed-off farmers)

Essay Practice

1/11

Tariff and Currency 😊

Term Exam (Chapter 24)

M, 1/14

Westward Ho! The Plains Indians

Term Exam (Chapter 25)

1/15

Exams: 1st period: “Getting Railroaded”

Essay Practice

1/16

Exams: 2nd period: Sherman Anti-Trust Act

Essay Practice

1/17

Exams: 3rd period: Election of 1896 and Bryan

Term Exam (Chapter 26)

1/18

Exams: 4th period: Election of 1896 and Bryan

Essay Practice

T, 1/22

American Imperialism

Term Exam (Chapter 27)

1/23

Spanish American War

Essay Practice

1/24

TR’s Progressivism
Progressive Era Spreadsheet (awesome)

Essay Practice

1/25

Taft, Trust-Busting and Tariffs

Term Exam (Chapter 28)

M, 1/28

Wilson’s Progressivism

Term Exam (Chapter 29)
Kennedy Index 29-36

1/29

“He Kept Us Out of War”
No school today, but of course I am here.  I would like you to complete prompt 2 (the short answer item) as a take-home exam and have it ready to turn in when we return.  TE29 will be on Wednesday in place of the essay exam that was originally scheduled.  

Essay Practice
If you get bored... watch this episode about World War One... it's good.

1/30

The U.S. Abandons Neutrality

Term Exam (Chapter 29)

1/31

Johnny Get Your Gun!

Essay Practice

2/1

The Big Four: America’s International Role

Essay Exam (Chapter 29)

M, 2/4

“Return to Normalcy”

Term Exam (Chapter 30)

2/5

Teapot Dome and Corruption

Essay Practice
Atlantic Article
1920s DBQ Practice

2/6

The “Roaring 1920s”

Essay Exam 30

2/7

Modernity v. Traditionalism

Essay Practice

2/8

Gatsby: The Legacy of the 1920s
Extra Credit: You may write the Chapter 31, prompt 1 essay as extra credit (up to 15 additional points added to TE31).  It must be turned in by 3:30 pm Friday 2/8.

Term Exam (Chapter 31)





Date

Topic

Assignment / Assessment

T, 11/13

The “Market Revolution”

Term Exam (Chapter 14)

11/14

Early Industrialization

Essay Exam (Chapter 14)

11/15

Age of Reform

Essay Practice

11/16

Temperance and Public Education

EXTRA CREDIT:  You may select one of the Chapter 15 prompts to write as a take-home essay.

Big Ideas Exam (Chapter 15)

Big Idea Example

M, 11/19

King Cotton

Big Ideas Exam (Chapter 16)

11/20

Abolitionism

Essay Exam (Chapter 16)

 

NOTE: We will be studying Chapters 17 and 18 next week, so use your time wisely over the break to get a jump on the reading. That way you will be ready for the assignments below.

 

M, 11/26

Manifest Destiny

Term Exam (Chapter 17)
Kennedy Index 17-22

11/27

Oregon, Texas and the Mexican War

Essay Exam (Chapter 17)

11/28

Consequences of the Mexican War

NO SCHOOL:  Use this day to read Chapter 18 and prepare for your essay and term exams.  I am at school today, so you are welcome to come bye to complete a re-test or make-up.

Essay Practice

11/29

Compromise of 1850: Clay, Webster and Douglas

Essay Exam (Chapter 18)

11/30

Compromise Unravels

Term Exam (Chapter 18)

M, 12/3

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Term Exam (Chapter 19)

12/4

Kansas-Nebraska Crisis

Essay Practice

12/5

Lincoln v. Douglas

Essay Exam (Chapter 19)

12/6

The Dred Scott Bombshell

Essay Practice

12/7

John Brown and Harpers Ferry

Essay Exam (Chapter 19)

M, 12/10

Social an Economic History of the Civil War
If school is cancelled Monday, TE 20 will be given on our first day back. 

Term Exam (Chapter 20)

12/11

Lincoln’s Shrewd Diplomacy
If school is cancelled Tuesday, please write prompt 1 as a take-home essay and have it ready to turn in on our first day back.  I am at school today. 

Essay Exam (Chapter 20)

12/12

Emancipation
If school is cancelled Wednesday, please create an outline and thesis statement for prompt 2.  Also, please watch this if you are able to stream video... it's about key technological innovations during the Civil War.  I am at school today.

Essay Practice

12/13

Gettysburg Address and 1864
Be reminded that TE 20 will be given on our first day back even if there is a delay schedule, so be prepared.  Note that I have also changed the some assignments below (in green).

Essay Practice

12/14

Total War!

Essay Exam (Chapter 21)
Please prepare for prompts 1 and 3 for Chapter 21.  You will be writing on of these in class.

M, 12/17

Civil War Turning Points
Awesome Civil War Notes

Term Exam (Chapter 21)

12/18

Appomattox and the Meaning of Sacrifice

Essay Exam (Chapter 20, prompt 5 with documents)





Date

Topic

Assignment / Assessment

M, 9/24

End of Salutary Neglect

Term Exam (Chapter 7)

9/25

Stamp Act Controversy
Road to Revolution Notes (read me)

Essay Practice

9/26

Townshend Acts and Colonial Reaction

Essay Exam (Chapter 7)

9/27

Coercive or Intolerable?

Essay Practice

9/28

“The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”

Essay Exam (Chapter 7)

M, 10/1

Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill

Term Exam (Chapter 8)

10/2

Olive Branch Petition, Tom Paine, and the DoI
Paine and Jefferson (read me)

Essay Practice

10/3

Saratoga and the French Alliance

Essay Exam (Chapter 8)

10/4

Southern Strategy Backfires

Essay Practice

10/5

Yorktown and generous terms

Essay Exam (Chapter 8)

M, 10/8

The Awkward 1780s

Term Exam (Chapter 9)
Kennedy Index 9-16

10/9

Western Lands Debate

Essay Practice

10/10

Weaknesses of the Articles

Essay Exam (Chapter 9)

10/11

Constitutional Convention

Essay Practice

10/12

Ratification Debate and the Federalist Papers

Essay Exam (Chapter 9)

T, 10/16

Washington and the Federalists

Term Exam (Chapter 10)

10/17

Hamilton v. Jefferson

Essay Practice

10/18

Adams and Neutrality

Essay Practice

10/19

Election of 1800

Essay Exam (Chapter 10)

M, 10/22

“Jeffersonian Democracy”

Term Exam (Chapter 11)

10/23

Louisiana Purchase

Essay Practice

10/24

Neutrality and Restraint

Essay Exam (Chapter 11)

10/25

Madison and the War of 1812

Essay Practice

10/26

Fort McHenry and the Battle of New Orleans

Essay Exam (Chapter 11)

M, 10/29

Treaty of Ghent and “Good Feelings”

Term Exam (Chapter 12)

10/30

Nationalism and JQ Adams

Essay Practice

10/31

John Marshall and Federal Supremacy

Essay Exam (Chapter 12)

11/1

Stirrings of Sectional Crisis

Essay Practice

11/2

Clay the Great Compromiser

Essay Exam (Chapter 12)

M, 11/5

The Corrupt Bargain and the Election of 1828

Term Exam (Chapter 13)

11/6

Action Jackson!

Essay Practice

11/7

The Bank War

Essay Exam (Chapter 13)

11/8

Indian Removal

Essay Practice

11/9

Van Buren and the Panic of 1837

Essay Exam (Chapter 13)



Date

Topic

Assignment / Assessment

M, 8/27

Course Introduction

Term Set Practice
Kennedy Chapters 1-8 Assessment Index

8/28

Indigenous Cultures / the Pre-Columbian Americas
Trade Networks before Columbus

Term Set 1 (Chapter 1)

Assignment Due and Quiz
Sticky Term Explanation

8/29

Europe and Africa in the 1400s (pushes and pulls)

Term Set 2 (Chapter 1)

Assignment Due and Quiz

8/30

Spanish Colonization and the “Black Legend”

Term Set 3 (Chapter 2)

Assignment Due and Quiz

8/31

Early English Colonization: Southern Colonies
England in the 1600s: Religion and Politics 

Term Set 4 (Chapter 2)

Assignment Due and Quiz

T, 9/4

Our Puritan Heritage
English Colonies Chart (use this!)

Term Set 5 (Chapter 3)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/5

New England and the Middle Colonies Emerge

Term Set 6 (Chapter 3)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/6

The Colonial Adolescence

Term Set 7 (Chapter 3)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/7

English Colonies Mature and Expand

Essay Workshop

M, 9/10

Colonial Frontiers by 1750

Term Set 8 (Chapter 4)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/11

Mercantilism or Tax Evasion?

Term Set 9 (Chapter 4)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/12

Growing Colonial Self-Confidence / Self-Sufficiency

Term Set 10 (Chapter 5)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/13

The Great Awakening and Colonial Crises

Term Set 11 (Chapter 5)

Assignment Due and Quiz

9/14

American Colonial Identity in 1750

Essay Workshop

M, 9/17

Imperial Duels and Frontier Battles

Term Exam (Chapter 6)

9/18

The French and Indian War

Essay Practice

9/19

Braddock’s Defeat

Essay Exam (Chapter 6)
Prompts 1 and 2

9/20

Rule Britannia! Ode to General Wolfe

Essay Practice

9/21

Pontiac’s Rebellion and the Proclamation Line (1763)

Essay Exam (Chapter 6)
Prompts 3 and 4