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AP United States History This course has been audited and approved by the AP

Standards board

Course Overview

AP U.S. History at Adair County High School is a year long course taught on the
trimester block (75 minutes). It is a lecture course that covers all the topics in the U.S.
History Course Description. The class is open to sophomores and juniors. We are a rural
high school and our goal is to encourage students to take a difficult curriculum so
enrollment in the class is open. It is recommended that students have a B average in
World Civilization (Honors) but other students who have a strong interest in History or
are motivated to do the work can enroll. Students who enroll need to understand the
importance of keeping up with the demanding reading load.

Our number one goal is to give students a deep understanding of our nations history.
Our second goal is for the students to prepare for and successfully pass the AP U.S.
History Exam. Besides lecture and discussion students will also use historical data to
support a position (analysis of numerous primary and secondary historical sources,
charts, maps, and cartoons). Students will receive consistent practice on the
interpretation and writing of Document-Based Questions. Students will also contrast
various schools of historiography.

Course Texts and Supplementals

David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant,
thirteenth edition (Boston: Mcdougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

Each student will also have an edition of the following supplements:

The American Spirit Vol. I and II. Bailey and Kennedys text of primary sources along
with test for those sources.

Mark Epstein, Fast Track to a 5, Preparing for the AP United States History Examination
(Boston: Mcdougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

Belohlavek/Kramer. Document-Based Questions Practice to Accompany The American

Pageant (Mcdougal Littell, 2006).

Kennedy/Cohen/Bailey, Student eBook to accompany The American Pageant, 13th ed.

Michael Hutchison, DBQ Practice, Book 1 and 2. (Culver City, CA: Social Studies
School Service)

Erica Amann, DAC Student Study Guide to AP US History (DAC Educational

Publications, 2003).
Clifton Dorset-Hill, Preparing for the A.P. United States History Examination A Review
Book For Students (Joplin, Missouri: Chalk Dust Press, 2005).

Steven E. Woodworth, The Essential of United States History 1500-1789 From Colony to
Republic (Piscataway, NJ: Research & Educational Association).

John F. Chilton, The Essentials of United States History 1789-1841 The Developing
Nation (Piscataway, NJ: Research & Educational Association).

Robert D. Geise, Barrons Study Keys EZ-101 American History to 1877 (Hauppauge,
NY: Barrons Educational Series).

Mary Jane Capozzoli Ingui, Barrons Study Keys EZ-101 American History 1877 to the
Present (Hauppauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series).

Exam Notes, (Piscataway, NJ: Research & Educational Association).

My room has a large collection of American Heritage and Civil War Times. It is also well
supplied with historical series wall maps, reference books, and atlas. Our school library
is well stock with important historical works and our students have access to our
outstanding local college library at Lindsey Wilson College.

Other resources that I teach from: Doing the DBQ by Luther Spoehr and Alan Fraker, US
History Skillbook with writing instruction and practice and Threads of History both by
Michael Henry, Debating the Documents: Interpreting Alternative Viewpoints in Four
Primary Source Documents, Pro vs. Con: Conflicting Views of Major Events in American
History by Education Innovations, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues
in American History, Opposing Viewpoints in American History by William Dudley, and
Historical moments: Changing Interpretations of Americas Past by Jim R. McClellan.

Teaching Strategies
Lecture and Discussion supplemented with videos, DVDS, Field trips, and technology.
Students are also tested on the chapters from The American Pageant to insure that they
are reading each chapter.
Regular practice on free response questions.
Regular practice on the analysis of primary resources and the writing of Document-Based
A comprehensive final exam at the end of each semester worth 20% of the semester

This is my 18th year teaching A.P. United States History. It has been my passion. It has
helped many rural students to have educational opportunities that would have not been
possible without Advanced Placement. Many of students have gone on to selective
admission schools and a lot of them are studying history. Our A.P. US History program
has grown in numbers and in success over these 18 years. Our average class size in
recent years is well over 30. Our group mean on the AP test has been well above the
national average. For a rural school in south central Kentucky we feel this is outstanding.
Our students have really taken pride in outperforming the national average. The material
before Reconstruction is prior to the High School Ky. Program of Study for U.S. history,
but it does cover many of the concepts, not only in U.S. History, but geography,
government, and economics as well.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Colonial History SS-HS-3.2.1

Text, Bailey and Kennedy, Chapters 1-5 SS-HS-4.1.1 & 5.1.1 are
(10 days) Embedded in each unit
Motives and types of colonization
Factors bringing the colonist to the New World
Three Worlds meet: European, African, Indian
Contrast the middle, Southern, and New England colonies
Colonial Society

Primary resource activity:

Document skill Determining what documents mean (U.S. History Skillbook)
Debating the Documents, Slavery and Virginias Enlightened Aristocracy

Unit 2: Independence and Constitution SS-HS-1.1.2

Text, Chapters 6-9 SS-HS-1.2.2
(7 days)
France and Britain battle for North America
Our changing relationship with Great Britain-post 1763
Effects of mercantilism
Colonial cooperation
The movement toward Independence
Military victory and results of the Treaty of Paris
Reasons for the Articles of Confederation and its strengths and weaknesses
The Constitutional Convention The people and the compromises
Ratifying the Constitution

Primary resource activity:

Pro vs. Con: The 1787 Constitution
Document skill: Determining Credibility: Whom do you believe?
Ben Franklin: A New American Identity? Interpreting Alternative Viewpoints in Four
Primary Source Documents
Loyalists and Patriots: Interpreting Alternative Viewpoints in Four Primary Source
Unit 3: The New Nation SS-HS-1.3.1
Text, Chapters 10-12 SS-HS-1.3.2
(7 days)

Hamilton vs. Jefferson
The impact of the French-British conflict
Alien and Sedition Acts
The Revolution of 1800
Jefferson foreign policy
The Louisiana Purchase
War of 1812: Causes and Results
The Era of Good Feelings
The Marshall Court Decisions
The Monroe Doctrine

Primary source activity:

1977 DBQ The Alien & Sedition Acts
Taking Sides Was Thomas Jefferson a Political Compromiser? Morton Borden (yes)
and Forrest McDonald (no)

Unit 4: The Age of Jackson SS-HS-2.3.1

Text, Chapters13-15, 17 SS-HS-4.3.2
(8 days)

The Election of 1824 and the founding of Jacksons Democratic Party
The Rise of Mass Democracy-emergence of the Common Man
The Jackson Administration:

*Spoils System
*Nullification crisis
*Indian removal
*Jacksons war on the Bank
Westward Expansion
Mexican War
Reform movements 1820-1850
Utopian experiments
The transportation revolution
Religious developments

Primary resource activity

Revivalists and Utopians: Reform in Antebellum America. Interpreting Alternative
Viewpoints in Four Primary Source Documents
Pro vs. Con: Indian Removal
DBQ Skills Analyzing Charts
Debating the Documents: The War with Mexico

Unit 5: Prelude to Civil War SS-HS-2.3.1

Text, Chapters 16, 18-19 SS-HS-3.3.1
(8 days)
Slavery and the Cotton Kingdom
Causes of the War
*Missouri Compromise
*Uncle Toms Cabin
*Compromise of 1850
*Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas
*Dred Scott
*Lincoln-Douglas Debates
*John Brown
*Hinton Helper
*The Election of 1860

Primary source activity:

Debating the Documents: Was John Brown a Hero?
Debating the Documents: The Missouri Compromise
Debating the Documents: Calhoun vs. the Abolitionist
Pro vs. Con: Slavery in Federal Territory

Unit 6: Civil War and Reconstruction SS-HS-2.3.1

Text, Chapters 20-22 SS-HS-5.2.1
(16 days)

Military strategies, advantages and disadvantages
The war battles and results
The home front
Legacy of the war
Presidential vs. congressional Reconstruction plans
The South during Reconstruction
The legacy of Reconstruction

Primary resource activity:

Debating the Documents: Blue or Gray, Why Men Fought in the Civil War
Ken Burns Civil War series

Unit 7: The West SS-HS-4.4.2

Text, Chapter 26 SS-HS-4.3.1
(12 days)

The Frederick Jackson Turner Thesis
The Miners
The Cattle Kingdom
The Homesteaders
The Indian Wars
The Reservation system
The fading frontier

Unit 8: The Gilded Age SS-HS-3.4.1

Text, Chapters 23-25 SS-HS-3.4.2
(16 days)
Content: SS-HS-4.3.1
Party politics SS-HS-4.3.2
Political corruption and reform SS-HS-5.2.2
Examine the Presidential administrations SS-HS-5.2.3
American Industry comes of age
Lords of industry
Rise of organized labor
Populism and William Jennings Bryan
The New Immigrants
Social and cultural developments of the late 19th century
The Social Gospel
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois

Primary Resource activity:

1983 DBQ the Populist
Taking Sides Was John D. Rockefeller a Robber Baron? Matthew Josephson (yes) and
Ron Chernow (no)
Where Historians Disagree: Populism Audio visual series comparing the views of
historians John D. Hicks, Lawrence Goodwyn and Walter T.K. Nugent with that
of Richard Hofstadter
Primary Sources in U.S. History The Social Gospel, Religion and Progressivism
1989 DBQ Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois
Unit 9: Imperialism SS-HS-5.2.4
Text, Chapter 27
(8 days)

The Changing role of the U.S. in the world from isolation to world power
Reasons for new interest in world affairs
Territorial gains
The Spanish-American War
Results of the war
The Filipino insurrection
The Open Door Policy
Roosevelts Big Stick Diplomacy
The Panama Canal
Tafts Dollar Diplomacy
Wilsons Missionary Diplomacy relations with Mexico

Primary resource activity:

The Panama Canal Examining the Reliability of Sources
Mark Twain American Culture and Anti-Imperialism
A Republic or an Empire The American Debate over Imperialism
Above activities are from Primary Sources in U.S. History series
Pro vs. Con Imperialism in Latin America (Good or Bad Influence)

Unit 10: The Progressive Era SS-HS-5.2.4

Text, Chapter 28-29
(9 days)

Local, state, and national reform
Womens issues
Consumer and environmental protection
Roosevelts New Nationalism, Tafts policies, and Wilsons New Freedom

Primary source activity:

President Theodore Roosevelt Speak softly and Regulate When Necessary
Writing an Introductory Paragraph from U.S. History Skillsbook

Unit 11: World War I SS-HS-5.2.4

Text, Chapter 30
(9 days)
Origins of the war
American neutrality
Reasons for our involvement
Wilsonian idealism and the 14 points
The homefront
Propaganda and civil liberties
Women and minorities
America fights in France
Treaty negotiations and Senate rejection of the Versailles Treaty
Results of the war

Unit 12: The Roaring Twenties SS-HS-5.2.4

Text, Chapters 31-32
(9 days)

The post-war economy
The first red scare
Immigration restriction
Prohibition and crime
The automobile, radio and the movies
Jazz age culture
The economic boom and mass-consumption
The presidential administrations
Supply side theory
Promotion of business
Boom and Bust
Foreign Policy

Primary source activity:

1986 DBQ The 1920s

Unit 13: The 1930s SS-HS-5.2.5

Text, Chapter 32
(9 days)
Hoovers and Roosevelts approaches to the Depression
New Deal Effectiveness and criticisms
The Supreme Court fight
The Dust Bowl
Depression Demagogues
Shifts in political alignments The Roosevelt coalition

Primary source activity:

1984 DBQ Hoover and Roosevelt: Liberal or Conservative?

Unit 14: World War II SS-HS-5.2.5

Text, 34-35
(9 days)

Origins of War Europe in the 20s and 30s
* The rise of Nazism and Fascism
German, Italian, and Japanese aggression
Isolation and appeasement
Pearl Harbor
The Home Front
Japanese internment
Women and minorities
Economic impact
Military Strategy
European and African war
Island Hopping in the Pacific
D-day and victory in Europe
Atomic Bomb
Wartime diplomacy
Results of war

Primary source activity:

1988 DBQ the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
Audio visual series Bill Moyers the Dictator and the Democrat, a comparison of Hitler
and Roosevelt

Unit 15: The Cold War Begins SS-HS-5.2.6

Text, 36
(9 days)

Baby boom
The Truman Presidency
Origins of Cold War
United Nations
Fall of Eastern Europe
Truman Doctrine
Marshall Plan
Germany and the Berlin crisis
Anti-communism at home

Primary source activity:

Taking Sides: Did Communism Threaten Americas Internal Security after World War II.
John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr (yes), Richard M. Fried (no).

Unit: 16 Happy Days 1952-1960 SS-HS-5.2.6

Text, 37
(9 days)

Affluent American
Mass produced culture
Effects of Television
Eisenhower Administration and modern Republicanism
Brown v. Board of Education and the origins of the civil rights revolution
Space race
Interstate highways
Ike and the Cold war-Dulles and Brinkmanship

Primary source activity:

Organizing the DBQ from U.S. History Skillbook

Unit: 17 the Stormy Sixties SS-HS-5.2.6

Text, 38
(9 days)

The Kennedy Administration
Kennedy and the Cold War
Origins of Vietnam
Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crisis
Kennedy and civil rights
New Frontier
Moon shot
Peace Corps
Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam escalation
Civil rights revolution explodes
Counterculture and anti-establishment movements
Election of Nixon
60s culture

Primary source activity:

Pro vs. Con Vietnam Conflict (Commit American Troops or Stay Out)

Unit 18: The 70s and beyond SS-HS-5.2.7

Text, 39-41
(9 days)
Economic stagnation
Openings to China and the Soviet Union
Nixon and the Supreme Court
The Middle East and the oil crisis
Nixons domestic program
School busing and affirmative action
The Ford Administration
The fall of South Vietnam
The Carter Administration
Energy crisis and inflation
Carter and foreign policy
Human rights
Camp David Accords
Panama Canal Treaties
The Sandinistas
Iran Revolution and hostage crisis
The Reagan Revolution America moves right
The New Right
The Moral Majority
Tax cuts and supply side economics
Reagan and the Soviets
Reagans military buildup
Gorbachev, Reagan, and the end of the Cold War
The fall of communism in Eastern Europe
The George H.W. Bush Administration
The death of the Soviet Union
The Persian Gulf War
Bushs domestic battles
The Clinton Administration
Domestic policy
Post-Cold War foreign policy
George W. Bush
The election of 2000
War of Terror

Primary source activity:

Taking Sides Did President Reagan Win the Cold War. John Lewis Gaddis (yes), Daniel
Deudney and G. John Ikenberry (no).

As the A.P. exam approaches students receive DBQ practice books to take home and
work on. They will also take released exams as practice. Students receive a number of
study guides and review outlines. We start the review process four to six weeks prior to

My class also contains many other audio visual resources. I also have a large collection
of primary sources which I may substitute for those listed.