AP UNITED STATES HISTORY Syllabus A (Pageant)

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AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

                                   Syllabus A (Pageant)
INTRODUCTION:
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical
skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in
United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college
courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory
college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials -- their relevance to a given
interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance -- and to weigh the evidence and
interpretations presented in historical scholarship. In addition, students will use a primary source
reader and other scholarly reference materials throughout the year. An AP United States History
course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an
informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay
format. Students are responsible for their own learning. They will write many 4-6-page word
processed papers for in-class roleplaying and simulation activities, take weekly quizzes on
textbook chapter note-taking assignments, and take about one essay or document-based test a
week.

According to the College Board the course will include:
       "study of political institutions, social and cultural developments, diplomacy [and]
          economic trends."
       [the teaching of students] "to analyze evidence and interpretations presented in
          historical scholarship."
       "extensive instruction in analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of primary
          sources, such as documentary material, maps, statistical tables, works of art and
          pictorial and graphic materials."
       "frequent practice in writing analytical and interpretive essays such as document-
          based questions (DBQ) and thematic essays."

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
This course examines the evolution of the American republic from the initial European
incursions into North America to the present. The course is divided into periods of time and
focuses on the themes in the AP Course Description, including national identity, economic
transformation, and U.S. actions on the world stage. Moreover, the AP curriculum demands
higher-order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Thus, students are frequently
required to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources, in
addition to comprehending, memorizing, and applying facts. Our investigation of the nature of
American democracy includes methods, evidence, and scholarship from the areas of social,
political, economic, cultural, and diplomatic history.




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TEXTBOOK & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:

Kennedy, D.M., Cohen, L. and Bailey, T.A., The American Pageant, 12th edition, (2002).
      Houghton Mifflin Company

Lorence, J.J., Editor. Enduring Voices [Document Sets], Volumes I and II, 4th Edition, (2002).
      Houghton Mifflin Company

Primary Source Documents as selected by the instructor from the "100 Milestone Documents"
       collection at the NARA website http://www.ourdocuments.gov/

Collegeboard.com/ap website

Atlas of American History. Skokie, IL: Rand McNally Education, 2005.

Various test preparation books will be shared at year-end for your review and use.


UNIT I: DISCOVERY, AMERICA & THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Week 1
American Pageant, Chapter 1, New World Beginnings, 33,000 B.C.  A.D. 1769
Complete notes and take quiz by Thursday (Apply "lessons learned" to ongoing note-taking and
test-taking skills)

NOTE: All chapter quizzes are modeled upon released AP multiple choice exam questions.

Key Topics: Pre-Columbian Societies -- Early inhabitants of the Americas; American Indian
empires in Mesoamerica, the Southwest, and the Mississippi Valley; American Indian cultures of
North America at the time of European contact; First European contacts with Native Americans;
Transatlantic Encounters and Colonial Beginnings, 1492-1690  First European contacts with
Native Americans; Resistance to colonial authority: the Pueblo Revolt

Case Study Theme(s): Environment, Globalization, American Diversity

Week 2
American Pageant, Chapter 2, The Planting of English America, 1500-1733
Complete notes and take quiz
Ch 1 / 2 Essay Exercise (How to write a thesis and topic sentence)
"Slavery"  Introduce "Video viewing exercise" format/strategy. Adapt video notes to match
topic outline headings and practice answering a released AP open-ended exam question




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Key Topics: Transatlantic Encounters and Colonial Beginnings, 1492-1690; First European
contacts with Native Americans; Spain's empire in North America; French colonization of
Canada; English settlement of New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the South; From
servitude to slavery in the Chesapeake region; Religious diversity in the American colonies;
Resistance to colonial authority: Bacon's Rebellion, the Glorious Revolution

Case Study Theme(s): Economic Transformations; American Identity; Environment

Week 3
American Pageant, Chapter 3, Settling the Northern Colonies, 1619-1700
Chapter 4, American Life in the Seventeenth Century 1607-1692
Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics: Colonial North America, 1690-1754; Population growth and immigration;
Transatlantic trade and the growth of seaports; The eighteenth-century back country; Growth of
plantation economies and slave societies; The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening; Colonial
governments and imperial policy in British North America

Case Study Theme(s): Slavery; American Identity; Culture; Environment

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
Salem Witchcraft Trials Topics Reader Quiz and "AP-PARTS" document analysis exercise
"Salem Witch Trials" Simulation/Mock Trial Role-play Preparation Paper
Multiple choice and essay: Compare and contrast the North/New England, Middle Atlantic and
Chesapeake/Southern colonies -- socially, politically and economically.


UNIT II: COLONIAL SOCIETY

Week 4
American Pageant, Chapter 5, Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution, 1700-1775
Complete notes and take quiz
"Chesapeake/New England" released AP DBQ Exercise (Practice use of AP-PARTS analysis
technique and plan of answer thesis and topic sentence development)

Key Topics: Colonial North America, 1690-1754; Population growth and immigration;
Transatlantic trade and the growth of seaports; The eighteenth-century back country; Growth of
plantation economies and slave societies; The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening; Colonial
governments and imperial policy in British North America

Case Study Theme(s): American Identity; Diversity; Culture; Demographic Changes

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
Colonial Essay Exercise (Practice writing theses and topic sentences)




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UNIT III: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

Week 5
American Pageant, Chapter 6, The Duel for North America, 1608-1763
Chapter 7, The Road to Revolution 1763-1775
Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics: French colonization of Canada; The American Revolutionary Era, 1754-1789; The
French and Indian War; The Imperial Crisis

Case Study Theme(s): War and Diplomacy; Globalization; Politics and Citizenship; Economic
Transformation

Week 6
American Pageant, Chapter 8, America Secedes from the Empire 1775-1783
Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics: The American Revolutionary Era, 1754-1789; (aftermath of) The French and
Indian War; The Imperial Crisis and resistance to Britain; The War for Independence; State
constitutions and the Articles of Confederation; The federal Constitution

Case Study Theme(s): War and Diplomacy; American Identity; Economic Transformations
[Clarify concepts of mercantilism and pre- vs. post 1763 "End of Salutary Neglect"]

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
Reader quiz on "Crises and Responses" from Enduring Voices (selections / quiz to be
determined)
Write DBQ (Follow-up: model rubric use and read sample essays)
"Great Revolutionary Debate over America" whole-class debate and preparation papers
Introduce DBQ Self-Critique format and requirements (Revisit rubric and sample essays)
Essay: Describe the causes and the results of the French and Indian War. Analyze
how it affected the relationship between England and its American colonies.
DBQ: 2004-In what ways did the French and Indian War (1754-63) alter the
political, economic, and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies?


UNIT IV: THE CONSTITUTION

Week 7
American Pageant, Chapter 9, The Confederation and the Constitution 1776-1790
Complete notes and take quiz

Key Topics: (Start) The Early Republic, 1789-1815; Washington, Hamilton, and shaping of the
national government; Emergence of political parties: Federalists and Republicans; Republican
Motherhood and education for women;




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Case Study Theme(s): Politics and Citizenship; American Identity; Culture

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
Essay (Articles of Confederation topic)
Essay Self-Critique


UNIT V: THE NEW REPUBLIC

Week 8
American Pageant, Chapter 10, Launching the New Ship of State 1789-1800
Complete notes and take quiz
Reader quiz: Enduring Voices (selections / quiz to be determined)

Key Topics: The Early Republic, 1789-1815; Washington, Hamilton, and shaping of the national
government; Emergence of political parties: Federalists and Republicans

Case Study Theme(s): Economic Transformations; Politics and Citizenship

Week 9
American Pageant, Chapter 11, Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800-1812
Chapter 12, The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism 1812-1824
Complete notes and take quizzes

Key Topics: The Early Republic, 1789-1815; Emergence of political parties: Federalists and
Republicans; Significance of Jefferson's presidency; Expansion into the trans-Appalachian West;
American Indian Resistance; Growth of slavery and free Black communities; The War of 1812
and its consequences

Case Study Theme(s): Politics and Citizenship; War and Diplomacy; American Identity; War
and Diplomacy; American Identity; Slavery; Economic Transformations

ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
"Hamilton vs. Jefferson" Role-play Mini-Debate and quiz
Practice AP U.S. MC Ch 1-10 (Exercise using released AP U.S. exam items)
Reader quiz: Enduring Voices         (selections / quiz to be determined)
1st of 2 AP Essay (Model successful plan of answer strategies and use of topic outline headings)


UNIT VI: THE AGE OF JACKSON

Week 10
American Pageant, Chapter 13, The Rise of a Mass Democracy 1824-1840
Complete notes and take quiz




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