Century High School
Advanced Placement United States History
2020-2021 Course Syllabus
Advanced Placement United States History is a two-semester college level course that meets the high school graduation requirements for U.S. History and prepares students for the Advanced Placement Examination on May 8, 2015.
Students will demonstrate knowledge and mastery of a college level curriculum that will prepare them for the Advanced Placement Examination in United States History and of the California State Standards for 11th Grade History and Social Science. Students who pass the AP Exam may earn college credit.
The American Pageant 13th Edition
Recommended Reading: United States History Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (AMSCO). All students must keep up with the readings assigned from these sources. As a general rule, the reading pace for The American Pageant text is 3 chapters every two weeks. Students need to finish the required reading prior to the lecture and discussion of the chapter.
Students may purchase a study guide or review that will help guide them in their reading and assignments of the course. Sparks has helpful review materials. There will also be supplementary readings assigned during the week.
Grades will be calculated using the following weighted categories: Exams/Quizzes, Essays 45%, Homework/Classwork/Projects 45% of each grading period grade. The semester final exam and/or the culminating project make up 10% of the overall semester grade. (Participation is included in the classwork grade.)
All students are required to attend a practice AP US History exam during Spring Break, from 8am-12noon.
- 3 ring binder, recommendation of 2 inches or wider with dividers
- Paper to keep all written outline notes of chapters and in class lectures
- Highlighters of different colors, pens, and pencils
- 3x5 Index cards
Students are recommended to create outside study groups of 2-4. Meet after school or on the weekends to discuss and review critical material.
Classroom Rules and Expectations:
- Be On-Time Everyday: You must have your homework ready and begin work on the warm up before the tardy bell rings.
- If you are absent, you are expected to call a classmate or e-mail your teacher to find out the homework you missed. You are expected to finish make up work within the same time frame other students were given.
- Be Prepared Everyday: Come to class with ALL required materials and assignments that are due. Your Teacher will be referring to notes, assignments or essays done on previous days.
- Always Show Respect: Your classmates, your teacher, and school property deserve your utmost respect.
A.P. U.S. History Summary
This summary is meant to highlight some of the key points about the course.
- P. U.S. History uses an actual college textbook.
- P. U.S. History is as hard as or harder than a U.C. history class.
- It is important to support your student in creating a study time and space in the home.
- This is one of the difficult classes in the school.
- Only students who are motivated, persistent, and take the initiative for their learning do well in A.P. classes.
- Students will learn much more in an A.P. class than any regular class.
- Students who take A.P. classes usually do much better in college.
- All students enrolled in A.P. U.S. History must take the A.P. Exam.
- The A.P. U.S. History Exam will be given in May and will cost approximately $81.
- There will be REQUIRED practice study sessions during Spring Break and possibly Saturdays.
- Students will be expected to meet in their study groups outside of class.
- Any students caught cheating will be dealt with in accordance with the CHS Academic Honesty Policy (see student handbook).
I have read, understood, and will abide by all of the provisions of the entire A.P. U.S. History syllabus.
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