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American History Syllabus

 Required Texts:
American History: Connecting with the Past 15th Edition: Volume 1
by Alan Brinkley Published by HUGHTON Mifflin


AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college
or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant
events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from
approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices,
and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources;
developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning
about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also
provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make
connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and
national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and
technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and
 Exams and Quizzes:
There will be 4 Exams Per semester (8 in total 7 Unit exams and the Final)
Each exam will be a comprehensive exam of the Unit with 3 chapters to each unit. The
questions on the exam will be multiple choice, matching, and short response. Almost
ALL exams will feature between 5 and 10 points extra credit. Any score receiving A 50%
and below, will have the opportunity to do test corrections for ¼ credit.

 Reflection Essays:
There will be 1 reflection essay per semester on a topic of the student’s choice. The essay
SHOULD BE about something discussed in class but is not limited to that. As long as a
topic not discussed in class. The essays are 50 points each and should be 3 pages

Final Exam:
The final exam will be a comprehensive exam of all of the units from first semester for
the 1st semester final, and all units from the units in the 2nd semester will be included in
the classes final exam.
 Final Project:
The Final project will be in May; we will spend a majority of the class time working on
this project in May. The project will be for the student to choose a historical figure, place,
or event and essentially tell me everything they can about them. More information will be
provided for this when the end of the semester is near.

 Missed Exams and Late Work:

If a student misses an exam, they are responsible for making it up. If a student misses an
exam they will lose 5% PER DAY from the final score of the exam. If a student contact
me before hand, or is out for a school function or sport they will not be penalized.

 Extra credit:
There will be numerous extra credit opportunities throughout the semester. Including the
ability to watch historical films, documentaries, and videos with an essay response. (25
points) Going to the World War 1 museum downtown and write a response about you
experience. (25 points) Writing all of the Presidents in order from Memory on the back of
any exam will also earn a student 10 points of extra credit.

 Absences/ Tardiness:
The absence and tardy policy in my classroom will be in line with that of the districts.
(Just try to be here and on time when you do come)

 Electronics/Food and Drink:

Also in line with the district policy food and drink will be allowed in the classroom as
long as the food isn’t messy, or smelly and the drinks are covered.

 Grading Scale:

A+ 97–100% 4.33/4.00
A 93–96% 4.00/4.00
A− 90–92% 3.67/4.00
B+ 87–89% 3.33/4.00
B 83–86% 3.00/4.00
B− 80–82% 2.67/4.00
C+ 77–79% 2.33/4.00
C 73–76% 2.00/4.00
C- 70–72% 1.67/4.00
D+ 67–69% 1.33/4.00
D 63–66% 1.00/4.00
D- 60–62% 0.67/4.00
F 0–50% 0.00/ 0.00/0.00