• Welcome to APUSH!!

    All course work, assignments and communications will be done through Canvas.  please click Canvas to go to Canvas for APUSH.
     
    However, this page is an easily organized source for all things related to Mr. Klein's AP US History course.   link to MS365
    APUSH Summer Assignment - this page will provide the directions and links to the documents
    Practice & Preparation Calendar - we will use the Canvas Calendar for all due dates for daily reading assignments, projects, Cores and Exams.  Parents Calendar access
    APUSH Important Course Documents and CORE 1 & 2 - this page contains many of the important course documents like the syllabus, reading outlines, ancillary reading packets, content organizers and the directions for National History Day
    APUSH Unit Documents - this page contains links to documents by unit.  Documents like the class activities, handouts, powerpoints.  This page is available only to students of APUSH at CB West.
    APUSH Blogs and Comments - this page contains class discussions where each student will post discussion points and responses to other students' commentary.  This page is available only to students of APUSH at CB West.
    APUSH Quia Quiz Page - this page contains links to on-line Quia Quizzes that we may use to assess your formative learning throughout each unit.  These quizzes will be taken in class.  These quizzes are only available to students of APUSH at CB West.  We may also or instead use formative quizzes found at AP Classroom
    America's History Online - Here is the online link for the class textbook, America's History. You can read it on the go, or you can complete some of the questions/activities that go with each reading if you want further review. Those questions can serve as a great study tool, and they can also help you clarify concepts as you read
     
    Cell phone and Attendance policy
    Attendance will be taken based on each student's phone being placed in the proper numbered slot in the Distracting Devices Depository in the front of the room. The use of a cell phone during class, unless directed to do so, is distracting to other classmates, distracting to the teacher, and hinders the ability to learn.  The brain is not designed to multitask, that having a smartphone nearby decreases a person's available cognitive capacity as detailed in this published study: Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One's Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity (Links to an external site.) by , and 

    Course Description: 

    AP United States History is a course designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the history of the United States.  Students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of historical trends that have shaped American history, and will apply their analysis of these trends in daily coursework, discussions, debates, and the study of past and current events.  Students will be given the chance to become historians – to interpret, analyze, and contribute to the ongoing, living study of history in various forms. 

    However, it’s more than just history. The skills you learn here translate to other classes. Learn to study well, it benefits you anywhere. Learn to read carefully, and dissect documents you may not readily be familiar with, and you’ll be able to read technical manuals, medical journals, legal briefs, terms of service, mortgage agreements, etc. Learn to speak in front of peers, and you’ll be a better salesman, lawyer, teacher, professor, PR specialist… There’s nothing we do in here that only helps if you want to be a history major. We’re in the business of becoming good citizens in here, not just good history students.

    In May, AP students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement test, where a successful score could make you eligible to receive 3-6 college credit for introductory level college courses, advanced standing, or simply a solid score to help with the college admissions process.

                The course requires that students have an interest in American history that they are willing to apply in classroom and independent situations.  This is a college-level course, and as the instructor I expect that you will attend class, participate fully, and take responsibility for your learning at all times. 

     

    Materials:

    Textbook: Henretta, et al, America’s History

    Secondary Readings (see Web site)

    Pencils AND pens

    Small binder or folder for current unit

    Notebook or paper for reading notes

    Grading and Evaluation:

    You will earn points toward your marking period grade for preparation/practice, quizzes, tests, essays, assessment checkpoints, and district assessments.  The final grade for the course is computed as follows:

                Average of class work and assignments for each MP                                                                 80%

                            -Formative Assessment (small quizzes or projects, vocab quizzes, etc.) – 20%

                            -Summative Assessment (unit exams, core assessments, large projects, etc.) – 80%

                Midterm                                                                                                                                10%

                Final                                                                                                                                     10%

    This class has an AP designation, and because of this it is weighted in accordance with the Central Bucks School District grading policy (example B = 4.0).  While I highly encourage you to take the AP test in May, this score will not figure into your academic course grade.       

    Assignments / Deadlines:

    At the beginning of each unit (2-4 weeks) you will receive a schedule for all work and deadlines for that unit.  Students are expected to budget their time to complete all assignments.  Written assignments will be accepted one day late for 50% credit of the grade earned.  Quizzes must be taken with the rest of the class except in extreme circumstances or extended absences (one day is not an extended absence).  Major assignments receive a 10% deduction for each day they are late, with a parent contact after a 20% deduction.  There is no individual extra credit in this class. Missing assignments will not be considered if submitted after the unit test for the unit in which they were due. Translation: If you do nothing for 8 weeks, then realize in Week 9 your marking period grade is going to be bad, don’t ask about doing work from a unit or two ago that you skipped. Be sure you understand this before signing the page below.

    All school and district policies regarding cheating and plagiarism will be followed.  Plagiarism (using another’s words or ideas without giving credit for any reason) is unacceptable and will result in a zero for the task at hand and disciplinary consequences.  Copying assignments in any form will result in a zero for both parties and disciplinary referral.

     Class Procedures:

    • Students are expected to take personal responsibility for themselves and their work at all times. This includes being an active participant in all assignments and class activities. 
    • Cell phones are not to be used during class. Use will result in a write-up. I don’t care what you’re doing, whether it’s texting your boss, your Mom, your stockbroker, or checking the time…it does not come out in this class. Don’t waste our time, and don’t kill trees by making me fill out these forms in triplicate.
      • You will place your cell phone in the HOLDER at the front of the class each day.
      • You will be required to place your phone in the phone parking lot in my class. The use of a cell phone during class, unless directed to do so, is distracting to your classmates, distracting to me, and will hinder your ability to learn.  The brain is not designed to multitask. Feel free to access journal article.

    • You must be on time for class or have a pass. One tardy to class will result in your warning.  Administrative detention and discipline referral will follow.
    • Students may not work on assignments for other classes. Trust me, we’ll always have something to play with in here.
    • Students who are absent will be responsible for contacting a classmate and keeping up with all assignments. We post our schedule online, so you will know what we do each day. If you are absent for a test or a quiz, you will take it the next day.

     Types of Assignments:

    Reading NotesStudents will receive a skeletal outline for each semester to assist with note taking.  Students must submit maintain a notebook of reading notes (either in outline or an alternative form) as they correspond with the chapters.  Reading notes, if they are handwritten, may be used for reading quizzes.  Notes may NOT be shared with another student.  Students who do so will lose their open note privileges for a period ranging from a unit to a marking period.  Notes should be written legibly in ink (pencil will wear out over the course of the year). You can expect reading almost every night. This is an AP course -

     Quizzes:  Each reading chapter will include several quizzes.  Quizzes are designed to help you gauge where you are weakest and strongest, and to help us measure the thoroughness with which you’re approaching your practice and preparation. They also give us a chance to drill critical HTSs through multiple styles of quizzes. These could be multiple choice, vocab, fill-in-the-blank, or any number of checkpoints. If you are blowing off your nightly readings and failing the quizzes that go with them, that’s usually an indicator of how the unit exam is going to go for you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that preparation doesn’t count.

     Unit Tests:  Each unit will conclude with a test that will include both a multiple-choice segment and a combination of LAQs, DBQs, and/or ShAQs.  Unit tests are comprehensive, including questions reflecting textbook readings, class discussions, film clips, and activities.  Unit tests may not leave the room for any reason, but students are welcome to come in and review the questions or scores by appointment.

     LAQs:  Long Answer Questions (essays), will be assigned as part of tests and part of writing seminars. These will always test an HTS and a TLO.

     DBQs:  Document Based Questions are designed to help students become comfortable reading and interpreting primary and secondary sources and then using them to construct an essay expressing a coherent argument. 

     ShAQs: Short Answer Questions test your ability to succinctly explain or answer a historical question. These get right to the point, and don’t allow for fluffing answers.

     

    Review Materials

    Many students find success by using outside review guides, which we encourage. Barron’s, Princeton Review, etc. are all good choices. We will use these materials in class from time to time. However, do not attempt to make these your primary means of study (aka don’t just read this and blow off our class assignments). These are good supplementary materials for review purposes, not primary purposes. The same goes with Crash Course and other online tutorials. Go ahead and use them for review, for sure, but don’t make that your only means of instruction. You’ll find out pretty quickly that it’s not a great plan.

                A quick note about review books: the AP U.S. History test changed in the 2014-2015 school year and has been adjusted by the College Board every year since, and the course itself is modeled differently. If you want to get a used book, a previous years’ book can help you to a degree – if, say, you just need to clarify what the Knights of Labor were or use some old multiple choice questions to stay sharp – but it will not help have the type of questions you’ll see on the APUSH test in May. It would be good to get a copy of the book from 2017 or later if possible. We have a few of those on file in our classroom library.

                We will read several articles from The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, an organization dedicated to the study of our American story. They have a great set of review videos for each period that you can view at http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/. They have some good timelines, as well.