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AP US History
One of the most important goals of this course is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination in United
States History which is administered by the College Board every spring. Students who do well on this test usually are awarded
actual credit or advanced standing when they enroll in a college or university. This year the test is scheduled for Friday,
May 9, 2008 at 8:00 am. For the most current information on this test and all tests administered by the College Board go to
An equally important goal of the class is to introduce students to the methods used in the study of history. The study
of history concerns events and ideas occurring in the past that can be useful in understanding the world in which we live
today. The meaning of most of these events and ideas is still open to interpretation. This course does not pretend to unveil
the one true explanation of all historical events. It provides instead an opportunity to examine evidence concerning the events
and ideas of the past, consider explanations that have occurred to others, and to construct independent conclusions of our
own. Hopefully, such a situation will enlighten and excite students as they discover that the study of the past is a tool
to be used to predict possible outcomes in the future.
TEXTBOOK: America: Past and Present
Required: A notebook or binder is needed to keep track of notes, outlines, and assignments.
REQUIRED Outside Readings: CHOOSE 1 EACH GRADING PERIOD.
Choose an Autobiography or Biography of any famous, historical figure. See Mr. Temple for suggestions.
Bailey, T., and Kennedy, D., The American Spirit, 9th Ed.
Boyer, Paul. The Enduring Vision
Lemons, J. Stanley. The Woman Citizen: Social Feminism in the 1920's
Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage
King, Martin Luther A Letter From a Birmingham Jail
Steinbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath
Upton, Sinclair The Jungle
Wright, Richard. Black Boy
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
Zinn, Howard A People's History of the United States
McGlowan, Anglela. Bamboozled
Malkin, Michelle. Unhinged
Parker, Star. White Ghetto
Gingrich, Newt. God in America
Parker Star. Uncle Sam’s Plantation.
Elder, Larry. Ten things you can’t say in America
Limbaugh, Rush. The way things ought to be.
Colmes, Allen. Red, White, and Liberal.
Coulter, Ann. Godless
Williams, Juan. Enough
Dickerson, Debra. End of Blackness.
Mclaurin, Melton. Celia, A Slave
Miller, Zell. A National Party No More
Weikart, Richard. From Darwin to Hitler
Kennedy, John, F. Profiles in Courage
Brown, Dee. Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk
Elkins, Stanly. Slavery
Josephson, Mathew. The Robber Baron
Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail
Rodriquez, Luis. Always Running
Hershey, John. Hiroshima
Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery
Halberstam, David. The Fifties
Morris, Roger. Partners in Power: The Clintons'
America Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin
Twain, Mark. Gilded Age
Walid, Shoebat. Why I left Jihad.
Sowell, Thomas. Blacks, Rednecks, White Liberals
Goldberg, Bernard. Bias
Gabriel, Brigitte. Because they Hate
Kaufman, Robert Gordon. In Defense of the Bush Doctrine
Bernstein, Andrew. The Capitalist Manifesto
Marx, Karl. The Communist Manifesto
Other books will be listed on the board.
THE COURSE: AP United States History is an accelerated introduction to American history and culture. The reading and writing
load is significantly heavier than regular sections of the same course, and our agenda assumes that AP students are highly
motivated and possess sophisticated classroom skills. Indeed, success in this class will depend in large measure on a student's
ability to be an analytical reader and have written and verbal communication skills. In this course knowing the facts is important,
but only one part of a process which also demands interpretation and synthesis of large and in depth data. Students can sometimes
have difficulty with the amount of time required in an AP class, but this is expected for college prep students enrolled in
a weighted class that requires the passage of the AP Exam for college credit.
Note: Fridays are usually used for evaluating student progress, via in-class essay and multiple choice tests, or some
type of presentation. The emphasis will be on analytical, reading, and writing skills. Writing with a thesis and using evidence
to construct logical and reasonable arguments are essential for those hoping to excel. Students should expect to seek help
from Mr. Temple frequently if the demands seem to be too much, especially in the early going. I am available before school
begins from 7:30-8:00 and after school from 2:30-2:45Make-up tests and essays are to be taken at lunch or before school within
a week following the missed assignment. No tests or make-up assignments are expected from unexcused absences or tardiness.
GRADES: Each grading period, Grades will be computed accordingly:
Book Report Presentation and Review: 10%
Chapter Presentation (1 to 2) 10%
Class work and homework 20%
*Final project: Each student will have their own web pages that include the main points of the topics in the book and
in class. Quality websites will have lots of details, be organized with links, and be creative in design. There should be
many links and enough pages to include the bulk of the years content. Work on this should be ongoing from the beginning
of the school year until the end.
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