AP United States History
Ms Park, NBCT, M.Ed.
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
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:
Though the course is 1:1, you may still utilize these following items as needed: Binder, 10 dividers, flash cards-something for your handwritten vocabulary.
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.
- All assignments are due before class starts. 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 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.
- 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.
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.
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.