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    Course Information: 2019-20 School Year

    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 society. (Excerpt retrieved from www.collegeboard.org)

    This course is also the first year in the History of the Americas Course as outlined in the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This course is an HL course, and is the equivalent of a 100 level college history course. Upon successful completion, students will continue on to the second year of the course, 20th Century World Topics. One of the challenges we face in AP U.S. History is presenting the material at a college level but in a high school setting.  Students enrolled in this course must be self-motivated and willing to put in the time and effort required in order to be successful.  For this reason the course is fast-paced, in order to meet the demands of the AP curriculum requirements.  I will do my best to meet those demands, while at the same time keeping my students on task and engaged in the material.  The students in turn must help me by doing their part, which includes daily readings, class work, and homework, as outlined in the following pages.

    Success in school comes when everyone works together-parents, teachers, and students.  In order to make this class both interesting and valuable to the students, a number of different activities and materials will be presented throughout the year.  This will be a writing intensive course.  Students will be able to improve their writing skills, which will help them both in and out of the classroom.  There will be an emphasis on current events throughout the year.  The more aware our students are of world events, the better they will be able to make important decisions in their adult lives.  It is my hope to encourage this kind of learning in my students.  I am available to help with any problem that might arise.  Feel free to contact me here at the school at: 758-2241, Extension 71166.  You may also email me at: jkaiser@rhcsd.org.