SSU611: AP US History (2011-2012)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Advanced Placement
COURSE TITLE: AP US History
CALENDAR YEAR: 2011-2012
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. 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, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. 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 essay format.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided relative to the content standards of the AP US History, and use chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and interpretation to demonstrate intellectual reasoning, reflection and research skills.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Evaluation will be comprised of assessments for/of learning in content standards knowledge, historical analysis, making historical connections and social studies research skills utilizing primary source documents.
Essential Expectations: Upon successful completion of AP US History course, the student should be able to:
Upon completion of the AP US History course of study, students should be able to:
- Analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary material, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events.
- Take notes from both printed materials and lectures and discussion.
- Write essay examinations, analytical and research papers
- Express themselves with clarity and precision in oral presentations and written formats, citing sources and crediting phrases and ideas of others.