Advanced Placement United States History Syllabus Course Objective



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Advanced Placement United States History Syllabus
Course Objective: To gain a comprehensive understanding of the history of the United States and complete preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam, which takes place in May (Friday May 5, 2017 at 7:30 am). The AP U.S. History course will focus on the development of nine historical thinking skills through an understanding of themes in U.S. History while examining a chronological survey of U.S. History.
Text: The American Pageant, Bailey-Kennedy-Cohen, 13th Edition – NOTE: We will post PDFs of each chapter on our website, however, these PDFs do not include some of the visual source material and therefore IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THE ACTUAL TEXT IN CLASS, but a resource nonetheless 
IMPORTANT WEBSITE(S):

http://iss.schoolwires.com/Domain/2830



Mr. Busch APUSH Class Website
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-united-states-history

APUSH COURSE HOMEPAGE
http://ap.gilderlehrman.org/

Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History APUSH Site…

Timeline, Documents, Videos… instruction on “how to” attack the APUSH exam 


Mandatory Supplies: 3-Ring Binder (2-3 inches), college rule paper, spiral notebook, No. 2 pencils, and blue or black pens, dividers for assignments to fit in binder***
****Textbooks, Notebooks, Supplies, and Computers are mandatory to have in class each day.
*****All work done for our class will be done by hand (pen/pencil on paper). This mirrors the process by which you will be tested by the College Board in May.
Grading Scale for ALL CLASSES in 2016-17

90 – 100 = A

80 – 89 = B

70 – 79 = C

60 – 69 = D

59 and below F
***NOTE: If you get more than 6 ABSENCES IN A SEMESTER –YOU MUST MAKE UP TIME…ALL TIME WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE MADE UP THROUGH THE LNHS OFFICE AND IF NOT DONE SO…THE GRADE ENTERED FOR THE SEMESTER WILL BE AN “FA.” THE TEACHERS HAVE NO DISCRETION IN THIS MATTER ANY LONGER.

**LNHS will only offer makeup time during specific time periods during the year …manage your makeup time well!!
Contact Information

Mr. Jonathan C. Busch: (704) 799-8555 (1505) jbusch00@iss.k12.nc.us

CELL # 704-652-1836, Twitter - @LAKEapus

****NOTE: to communicate with me (Mr. Busch) it is best to text…use e-mail, but understand I will not be able to reply immediately…most often the next day 

Mr. Mark Carson: (704) 799-8555 (1507) mcarson@iss.k12.nc.us

***Note: Email is best but I will answer messages left on my school phone within 24 hours.



** CLASS WEBSITE ---most questions about assignments, test dates, etc. can be answered by visiting Mr. Busch or Mr. Carson’s class webpage.
**HELP!! Mr. Busch and Mr. Carson offer help during SMART Lunch. Our tutorials are offered during tutorial B on Tuesdays and tutorial A on Thursdays. We are also available before and after school.

AP WORK



  1. Homework-various assignments such as reading questions, online primary source readings, Concept Outlines, Turning Point Events… can be* mandatory, and if they are not turned in on time and completepoints are taken off your test grade…Points deducted from the test depends on length and difficulty of assignment…From 5 to 50 points per assignment (out of 400) All work will be posted on our websites




  1. Quizzes-based on the textbook, notes, primary source readings, for every reading assignment all year long, at the teachers discretion. (Value will be from 5-100+ points)




  1. Concept Outlines: Students as you read will supply evidence from your resources to support the concepts listed, as well as, define any terms or questions that are included at the end of the outlines. These are due at the end of each Unit on Test Day and must be handwritten.



  1. Multiple Choice Test: (Questions ARE BASED ON THE CONCEPT OUTLINES) 400 points




  1. Short Answer Questions: are meant to illustrate various types of questions. These DO NOT require a thesis statement usually 50+ Points per Q.




  1. Document-Based Question Essays: The main focus will be a specific skill: causation, change and continuity over time, comparison or periodization. This essay is grade is based on the APUSH Rubric. 400 Points




  1. Long Essay Questions: Requires students to demonstrate historical argumentation and patterns of continuity and change over time. This essay is grade is based on the APUSH Rubric. 400 Points




  1. Notebook: It is MANDATORY to have a notebook for APUSH. It will be graded periodically at least once per 9 weeks and must have ALL of the required material. The list of required material will be posted on the class webpage.



******Opportunities to improve your grade:

You have unlimited opportunities to improve your grade through extra credit activities. Points will be allotted under the teacher’s discretion. You are encouraged to seek out opportunities from your teacher!!


How to be successful in APUSH 2016 - 17
Class Norms-

Be respectful to me and each other at all times… if you have a questions ask… all work is due on the date assigned regardless…If you have a problem and for some reason have not completed an assignment that is due…TALK TO ME BEFORE CLASS/SEND ME A TEXT/AN E-MAIL FROM YOU -----NOT YOUR PARENT(S) I EXPECT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ALL YEAR LONG… give me a chance to process…sometimes I can be disappointed, never angry, but disappointed… let me think… Most of the time if you have communicated with me prior to class or at the beginning of class I will give you an extension…BUT IT IS MY CHOICE… Follow all school rules and procedures at all times… be on time… WE START EVERYDAY WITH THE STATEMENT: “DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?” Use that period effectively !!!




MY CELL # FOR QUESTIONS…. 704 -652-1836 -- TWITTER: @LAKEapus

e-mail: jbusch00@iss.k12.nc.us
****NOTE: to communicate with me it is best to text…use e-mail, but understand I will not be able to reply immediately…most often the next day 
CLASS WEBSITE---most questions can be answered by visiting the class webpage
CELL PHONES: When I am talking…and expect your attention your cells should be put away… I will remind you I promise…Yet… IF YOU VIOLATE THIS…your phone will be mine TEMPORARILY … FOR HOW LONG IS UP TO ME… When we are working in groups and I expect you to be working YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE YOUR CELLPHONE OUT… unless I allow it for research etc…
COMPUTERS: If you need technical assistance. ASK… You should have your computer with you charged and ready to go each day…. When I instruct you to have them closed, close them… if I instruct you to do work on them…Do what I ask you to do… ANY VIOLATION WILL RESULT IN A CONFLICT W/ME… AND I DO NOT ENJOY CONFLICT…SO DO WHAT YOU ARE INSTRUCTED… WHEN ASKED TO DO SO….
Do your own work… collaborate but…there are limits…Understanding is earned. Learning takes time and effort… I will be clear when I expect you to do your own work… and when you can collaborate, if you choose… CHEATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT A PARTICULAR ACTION IS CHEATING IT PROBABLY IS…SO DON’T DO IT……
ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE Posted ONLINE—MY WEBSITE But…most of your work will be with paper and pen/pencil… SOME will be using technology…. BUT ALL WORK IS TO BE DONE BY HAND UNLESS DIRECTED TO USE TECHNOLOGY BY ME!
READ ASK QUESTIONS-HAVE A DESIRE TO LEARN-READASK QUESTIONS –DO YOUR OWN WORK….KEEP A NOTEBOOK…READ ….ASK QUESTIONS
Reading Questions: Created by Mr. Busch to aid in reading comprehension… usually the basis for every quiz… 

These questions can be mandatory… but are normally Extra Credit… turned in at the beginning of the period and have to be entirely complete and done well… to receive credit.


QUIZZES*** Given orally or written for EVERY READING ASSIGNMENT…Based on the text, my notes, and/or any and all primary or secondary sources assigned… Points range from 10 to 100+ … You may use 1 page, one side of handwritten notes… on each quiz… my gift 

****Absence Policy -- 1, 2, & 3 **** very important****

— ON WEBSITE AND IN SYLLABUS…
1-If you are absent for any reason… YOU HAVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME VIA TEXT OR E-MAIL THAT DAY*** or you will receive a O for that day.
2-if there is homework due on the day you miss--- it is due upon return, including any homework that is due for the day of return… NO EXCEPTIONS*** (IF THERE IS A PROBLEM I EXPECT YOU TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME 
3-IF THERE IS A TEST OR MAJOR ASSIGNMENT DUE… YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME THAT DAY - VIA TEXT OR E-MAIL….(NO EXCEPTIONS!!!) OR----YOUR MAKE-UP WILL BE SCORED AT 75% OF WHAT YOU EARN…
Homework Policy—mandatory and optional/communication expectations/how does an absence affect when HW is due? Variety of Assignments…
Reading the Text - Assigned Outside Reading: Primary and Secondary Sources-Quizzes will be given –both verbal and written… my choice… consistently for most if not all reading assignments…
Writing Assignments - in class and out of class. MOST are TIMED and DONE IN-CLASS… TO MIRROR APUSH TEST
ANCHOR ASSIGNMENTS: DUE FOR EACH PERIOD/UNIT….and will be assigned and explained at the beginning of each unit. CONCEPT OUTLINES!!

Every single question… multiple choice and essays on the APUSH EXAM is based on the CONCEPT OUTLINES!**********HUGE**************************************

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE THESE AS A REVIEW FOR ALL TESTS AND KEEP THEM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK, required, ALL YEAR LONG!!!!
UNIT TESTS: WILL BE GIVEN FOR EACH PERIOD/UNIT AND WILL BE THE LARGEST PART OF YOUR GRADE…THEY ARE TIMED, include MULTIPLE CHOICE AND WILL ALWAYS ALSO INCLUDE A WRITING COMPONENT THAT MIRRORS THE ACTUAL APUSH EXAM, saq-dbq-leq.

Please understand that I want ALL of you to be successful…However, it is UP TO YOU! - “We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle -- “if you continue the same actions and expect different results you are insane.” Einstein? --both paraphrased  Understanding is earned. Learning takes time and effort… Success in this class for some will take less time than it takes for others… YOU will have to decide/prioritize… how YOU will manage the very busy schedule that you have…your choices will dictate the level of success YOU CHOOSE TO EARN…
We offer unlimited extra credit… which will be DOING HISTORY… it can be your own notes for each chapter…it could be accomplishing the “optional” assignments…Reading Guides, Reading Questions, Research Assignments, etc… per chapter, etc… You will know and I will make clear the options available…BUT YOU CAN COME TO ME ANYTIME WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT AN XC ASSIGNMENT THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DOING…NOTE: if you do not score above 50% or higher on any Period/Unit Test you could LOSE ALL EXTRA CREDIT FOR THAT Period/Unit!******very important*******
Books – A narrative… one perspective…factual and opinion, includes primary and secondary sources, and is one view from which we will have a basis to compare to other perspectives and to question as we examine other sources. YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO BRING YOUR BOOK TO CLASS EACH DAY! –the text is also online but…not seen as a replacement for the actual text in class… (it does not have all of the visual sources…sorry 
Syllabus – WE WILL REVIEW IN CLASS  ---IT WILL BE MANDATORY THAT ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS REVIEW AND RETURN FORM STATING THEY HAVE REVIEWED CONTENT AND UNDERSTAND THE EXPECTATIONS AND POLICIES INCLUDED THEREIN. The SYLLABUS WILL BE POSTED ONLINE 

The Class: Begin with the end in mind…
The Curriculum Framework (Concept Outline)…200+ pages that prescribe the content taught in APUSH… We will be working with this content to ensure that students will be successful on the AP Exam and period/unit tests. I will post to the website the outline for each period and students will be
The AP Exam: Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:30am –ALL students are required to take the APUSH Exam…

Multiple Choice – 55 questions – 40% of Score

Short Answer Questions – 4 mandatory questions -20% of Score

Document-Based Question (essay) – 1 mandatory question -25%

Long Essay Question - 2 questions you choose 1 – 15% of Score
*We will review how the APUSH Test is scored & the Rubrics that inform scoring of the SAQ, DBQ, and LEQ. (We will interact with the Rubrics consistently all year)
Organization: Periods 1-9, chronologically organized

Our class will be organized mirroring the periods that have been created by the College Board and are described in the Curriculum Framework. Our Period/Unit tests will mirror the APUSH Exam in timing and content.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at any time 
Your Grade in each Period/Unit will be based on TOTAL POINTS:
An example…
Quizzes – 10 x 20pts. Each = 200pts

Concept Outline – 50 pts. = 50 pts

Unit Test = 400 pts

Unit Essay = 400 pts

++++++ Extra Credit++++ = _________

Total =Your total points________/1050 pts

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

***Extra Credit is only given if the student earns a score of 50% or higher on the Unit Multiple Choice exam and/or answers 50% of the Essays Question(s) correctly… or 50% of the Total Value of the Rubric for an extended Essay.
Chronological Organization

Our APUSH class will follow the CONCEPT OUTLINE developed by the AP/College Board. This is published in the Curriculum Requirements for APUSH. For EACH of the 9 Period/Unit(s) you will have a test that will include both Multiple Choice and a writing portion…either the SAQ, LEQ, or DBQ.



9 Historical Periods

The historical periods, from pre-Columbian contacts in North America (represented symbolically by the date 1491) to the present, provide a temporal framework for the course.

Period Date Range % of Instructional Time % on AP Exam

1 1491 – 1607 5% 5%

2 1607 – 1754 10%

3 1754 – 1800 12%

* The Founding Documents of the Early Republic—sometimes called the critical period…

4 1800 – 1848 10%

**Note overlap in time between periods 4 & 5

5 1844 – 1877 13% Periods 2,3,4,5 compromise 45%

End of 1st Semester  Mid-Term Exam 

6 1865 – 1898 13%

**Note overlap in time between periods 5 & 6

7 1890 – 1945 17%

**Note overlap in time between periods 6 &7

8 1945 – 1980 15% Periods 6,7,8 comprise 45%

9 1980 – Present 5%

End of Course—Full Year Exam  AP Review  AP Exam Friday May 6, 2016



* Note on Founding Documents—[Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Federalist Papers, & Bill of Rights] an in-depth examination of the ideas and debates in the FDs will help students better understand pivotal moments in American history. We will closely read and analyze these documents so as to gain insights into the remarkable people, ideas, and events that shaped the nation. We will trace their influence throughout the course and continuously draw on and apply this knowledge.

** Notes on overlap of time between periods 4&5, 5&6, and 6&7: Historians differ in how they apply boundaries between distinct historical eras - THIS is an historical thinking skill called PERIODIZATION. Period 4 emphasizes antebellum reform and social change, ending with 1848 due to the Seneca Falls Convention. Period 5 focuses on how expansion led to debates over slavery, and begins with Manifest Destiny and the election of James Polk in 1844; it spans the Civil War and Reconstruction and ends with the Compromise of 1877. Period 6 emphasizes economic development that begins with the end of the Civil War in 1865 (2nd Industrial Revolution or “Gilded Age”) and ends with the Populist Party defeat in the Presidential Election of 1896. Period 7 begins in 1890 as the appropriate date for Americas rise to global power due to the beginnings of the debates on American Imperialism (We will go back into the mid-19th century and even reflect on how Manifest Destiny could be viewed as early American Imperialism)…and really heats up as we begin the Spanish-American War in 1898 and our nation debates an American Empire.


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