APUSH FACT SHEET - 2017-18
History does not repeat itself., but it rhymes.
Students taking AP U.S. History or any other Advanced Placement course should keep in mind that taking advanced classes requires a higher level of commitment than other high school classes. This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the AP U.S. History Exam. An emphasis is placed on interpreting primary & secondary historical documents, mastering a significant body of historical information, and writing critical essays. Students will analyze historical facts material, synthesize their own ideas, and develop the skills to make conclusions on the basis of a knowledgeable judgment. They will also learn how to present their reasoning and clear evidence persuasively in essay format. .
Faragher, John M., et al. Out of Many: A History of the American People. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011.
1' binder College Ruled Paper
5 dividers Blue or black pens, Pencils
1 colored pen (not blue or black)
It is my belief that every student can earn an A through commitment, determination, and initiative. Turn in your assignments on time, perform well on assessments by paying attention, reading, studying, and reviewing APUSH material.
Grades will be posted on a regular basis and can be accessed using CrossPointe.
Quizzes & Notes = 27%
Assignments = 20%
Any student may complete test corrections for any unit test. The student will receive 1/3 pt. towards the score for each question corrected. All corrections must be in the correct format. Any corrections will be done before/after school by appointment a day in advance. Test corrections must be done in their entirety by the next unit test to receive credit. Semester exams may not be reworked.
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Employability - Class & Student Expectations
In order to succeed in AP US history and be adequately prepared for the AP exam in May, a considerable time commitment is necessary. During class, students are expected to arrive promptly and prepared, participate, and act responsibly.
Twenty percent of the students overall grade is employability. This essentially means following class expectations. Students will earn employability points by following the class expectations.
1. Be Respectful - Be considerate to your teacher and fellow classmates. Do not disrupt class.
2. Be on time. - Students are expected to be in class before the bell
rings. For every third tardy a detention will be assigned.
3. Be prepared for class. - Textbook, pens, paper, having
assignments done, etc..
4. Participate in Class. - Discussion, etc.
5. No use of personal electronic devices. - Unauthorized use will
result in the confiscation of such devices.
6. Use time wisely. - If time is given in class for students to work
on APUSH related content it is expected that this time will be
used for that purpose.
7. No food or drink, except water, will be allowed in class.
Unit tests may consist of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and essays. They are timed and modeled after the AP exam administered by College Board. I take exam security very seriously. Any student found to have taken an exam out of the classroom or reproduced it in any way will receive a failing grade for that test, as well as a reduction in employability.
Reading and preparing for class is the most significant contributor to success in APUSH. For this reason, notes for each chapter will be collected and counted as a quiz. Also, quizzes are given regularly. Each quiz consists of 5-10 questions based on the objectives for the unit. The textbook, reading guides, and supplemental sources, will all be helpful in preparing for quizzes. You may use your notes on any reading quiz. In class quizzes will be timed may consist of multiple choice, short answer questions, and/or document analysis questions. The textbook, notes, and supplemental sources, will all be helpful in preparing for quizzes.
We cover a large span of history in a short amount of time. Therefore reading the assigned text pages is an absolute
must. Reading is the primary assignment outside of class. While much of the text will be discussed in detail, some of it will be covered through independent learning. Students are responsible for reading and studying the textbook. Supplemental readings and other types of homework assignments may be assigned periodically, and some written activities (both mandatory and optional) will accompany reading assignments. Activities include various forms of discussion, debate, collaborative analysis, and individual activities. All activities are aligned with unit objectives and the unit tests.
Students with cell phones are encouraged to register with Mr. Steffy’s Remind101 classes in order to receive brief reminders and tips throughout the year. Through the remind app I will send out periodic reminders about upcoming tests, quizzes, etc.