AP U.S. History

Description: The class represents an advanced, comprehensive study of American history, emphasizing historical analysis and preparation for the AP Exam. Students will explore the vast landscape and key events of American history, from pre-Columbian cultures to the War on Terror. Special attention will be paid to political, economic, and cultural trends, and their impact on the American experience. Students will learn to critically analyze history and formulate arguments through essay assignments, where they will learn to appreciate and express the “hows” and “whys” of history. The class will be a combination of lecture and discussion, and each week students are assigned work to complete outside of class. Assignments include an extensive reading of primary and secondary sources, essay assignments, and online assessments. Students will need to devote approximately 60-90 minutes per day for this class. The grade is based on participation, quizzes over the readings and lectures, and essays every month. These are ten 4-5 paragraph essays and modeled after past AP exams, as well as mid-term and final exams. This class is worth 1 high school credit in Social Studies or History.

Grade Level: 9-12. No student beneath the 9th grade can register for this course.

Prerequisites: Completion of a basic middle school American history class is helpful (but not required). Students should be able to read a college-level textbook, be willing to work hard, and be able to write grammatically correct, complete sentences. Students should also be prepared to write extensively in preparation for the AP exam.

Required texts: The American Pageant by David Kennedy and Liz Cohen (16th edition is expensive but it can be rented, or, the 15th ed is fine. There may be some diffrences in the last 2-3 chapters with the 15th edition). Primary sources are a significant part of the course and are provided online. Students will also need a headset microphone (built-in microphones also work).

Please Note: We have also had students in the past also take the U.S. History 1 and 2 CLEP Exams after taking this class, with great success. Passing both U.S. History 1 and 2 CLEP Exams would result in 6 college credits. Typically colleges and universities allow students to use one or the other, not both.

Class Schedule
Section A, 2020-21 AP U.S. History T/TH - 9:00AM - 10:15AM ET 9/7/20-5/28/21 0 Full Join Waiting List
Section B, 2020-21 AP U.S. History W/F - 10:00AM - 11:30AM ET 9/7/20-5/28/21 0 Full Join Waiting List

Questions? 877-745-8866 or onlineacademy@memoriapress.com