Learning Recommendations: Students should be prepared for a reading load and writing assignments at a collegiate level.
General Description: This is a two-semester course designed to cover American History from the Colonial Era through 2000 in conjunction with the student's American Literature class. The Advanced Placement program in American History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in American 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.
The course uses primary and secondary documents and the history text to develop critical thinking, note taking and written and oral language skills.
The basic approaches to this study will include lecture-discussions on assigned readings, formal lectures, seminars on historical themes, individual and projects, short 3-5 page position papers, quizzes, and examinations.
Students may also learn through a combination of: research-based papers; multi-media presentations; visual document analysis using graphs, charts, written documents, political cartoons and photographs; cooperative group projects; identifying bias; and non-fiction text reading and outlining.