AP United States History

Ms Park, NBCT, M.Ed.

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Room 229


Northside College Prep Core Values


Course Description

The Advanced Placement® program in United States History is designed to provide you with the analytic skills and the factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares you for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon you equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. You will learn to assess historical materials for their relevance, their reliability, and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. AP US History prepares you to pass the AP Examination as well as become a skilled student of history. To achieve these goals, students should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outside of class on homework and research.

Learner Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  • Master a broad body of historical knowledge

  • Interpret motives, arguments, values, and epistemology of sources

  • Apply interpretations of sources to support arguments and positions

  • Write essays on the validity and reliability of various historical interpretations in light of historical evidence

  • Prepare for and successfully pass the AP Exam

Daily Activities

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Grading Scale

100-90 = A

89-80 = B

79-70 = C

69-60 = D

Text and Supplies


  • The American Pageant. Bailey, Thomas and David Kennedy. 16th edition.

  • Various handouts of primary and secondary sources.

  • Various AP preparation books (student’s choice)

You should have the following items for each class:

  • Chromebook

  • Though the course is 1:1, you may still utilize these following items as needed: Binder, 10 dividers.

  • Writing utensil (black/blue ink, pencil)


Reading is the backbone of this class. You must read all assignments from the text and supplemental readings. We will not be able to cover everything in your readings in class, yet you are still responsible for your reading. I strongly encourage you to take your own notes on the reading so that you may better process the information. Do not fall behind on the reading.

Classroom Expectations

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Tardy policy

Tardies are not fine. Tardies are as damaging as absences. Any work you miss due to tardiness -- including quizzes, in-class tasks, or the on-time submission of work due that day -- is unexcused and will be entered as missing (an asterisk in gradebook). Students who arrive tardy may come after school on the day of their tardy to make up any missed bellringer to earn credit for that task. If you think the circumstances of your tardy warrant a conversation between the two of us, I’m always open to that.

Late Work

  • All assignments are due before class starts. This includes electronic submissions. Assignments will usually be submitted through Google Classroom. All work submitted through Google apps must allow the instructor to edit with comments and see revision history. Work submitted that does not have these settings will not be graded for credit.
  • Late work will not be accepted except in the case of an excused absence from class. If you will miss class due to a field trip or extracurricular activity, I expect you to turn in all assignments early. It is your responsibility to check in to find out what you missed (the day you return to school, not necessarily the next APUSH session), and you have two days (NOT sessions) upon your return to school to turn in your missed work.
  • No work will be accepted more than 1 week late. If an assignment says zero in gradebook, you cannot earn credit for the assignment.
  • If you do not turn in a project, you will be deducted 1 whole letter grade for each day (not session) it is late.
  • If you miss a test, you MUST make up the test within two days of your return. Speak with me to make an appointment. The nature of this class is cumulative; therefore, it is imperative that you catch up as quickly as possible.


In this class, we will use electronic devices when the teacher designates. Any use without explicit teacher permission is considered inappropriate. Phones should be kept in students backpacks. Devices should not be out during class, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher or with permission. While we will use these devices in several ways, they are NEVER to be used in this class to:
  • Text
  • Make phone calls
  • Take pictures/record video of students, teachers or material without expressed permission.

This classroom will utilize Google Apps for Education accounts. The following services are available to each student and hosted by Google.

Drive, Classroom, Calendar and more...

Using these tools, student collaboratively create, edit and share files and websites for school related projects and communication with other students and teachers. These services are available 24/7 from any computer. If access to a device/the internet is a challenge, please speak with the instructor.

Academic Integrity

  • Cheating is unacceptable. The class must remain completely silent during a test or quiz so that your peers can concentrate and so that I will not confuse your actions with cheating. If I catch you cheating on a test, quiz, or homework, I will notify parents, the counselor, and your grade will be a zero. While I encourage the use of study groups and cooperative learning, you should be using these sessions as a way to learn from each other and to help each other- not to do work for one another. This includes sharing electronic documents and peers editing your documents. If you are seeking peer review, please utilize the comments function.

  • Plagiarism is a form of cheating and will be handled in the manner described above. Plagiarism occurs when you try to present work as your own that is actually someone else’s. Every single bit of research that you conduct must be cited in MLA format (see MLA format guides), and anything that you write without citing must be your own thoughts and ideas. I don’t expect you to be an encyclopedia of knowledge; I expect that you will have to research many facts, therefore I expect that I will see many source citations. The Student Handbook tells you that NCP takes plagiarism very seriously. First offense: zero on the assignment. Second offense (in your high school career): failure of the course. Cite your sources and do your own work, and this won’t be a problem!


  • Feel free to contact me through email at any time. Give me ample time for the responses you seek. When emailing me, use your CPS Google email account.
I am generally at school between 7:30-4:00 if you need to see me , but if you need to see me at some other time, please make an appointment.