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AP-United States History

WELCOME!
 
This web page has been created for students (and their parents) who are enrolled in AP US History at Valencia High School for the 2019-2020 school year. 
If you have any immediate questions, please email me: jhouseholter@pylusd.org.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support,
Mr. Householter
 
UPDATE: 10/9/2019
READING GUIDES for Ch. 9-11 have been posted below.
As mentioned previously in class, students who score under a 70% on chapter test are required to complete the Reading Guide for that chapter. This is not a punishment but rather an opportunity to improve both your mastery of the content and your grade in the class. Note: Reading Guides are due at the end of the next unit not the unit we are currently working on. There fore, it estimated that you should have about a month or so to complete the assignment.
 
UPDATE: 10/3/2019
Unit II-Performance Challenge Results:
Per. 5: 85% (25.5)
Per. 4: 85% (25.4)
First Place: Congratulations to Period 5! :-)
As promised, here is your Unit II SAQ:
Using your knowledge of United States history, answer parts (a), (b), and (c).
(a) Briefly explain why ONE of the following options most clearly marked the beginning of a uniquely American identity.
• End of the French and Indian War (1763)
• Signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
• Signing of the Treaty of Paris (1783)
(b) Provide at least ONE example of an event or development to further support your explanation.
(c) Briefly explain why ONE of the other options is not as useful to explain the beginning of a uniquely American identity.
Second Place: Period 4:
Here is a general hint for checking in: ;-)
British Taxation (Ch.7)
 
UPDATE: 9/28/2019
Attention AP students:
For your convenience, the PONTIAC/BURKE, WHO FIRED THE FIRST SHOT and the FOUR RIGHTS assignments have each been posted below.  In addition, the test date for Chapter 8 has been changed.  Please see the new test date posted below and adjust your calendar accordingly.
 
UPDATE: 9/22/2019
FOCUS QUESTIONS for Unit III (Ch. 9-11) have been posted below. Please remember, to avoid the dreaded "LD", you must completely answer each question with as much depth and detail as possible. "When in doubt, keep writing!" :-)
Note: Focus Questions are due the date of each Chapter Test. Please make note of the following upcoming due dates (subject to change) Ch. 9 Test (10/9) Ch. 10 Test (10/16) Ch. 11 Test (10/22).
 
UPDATE: 9/17/2019
READING GUIDES for Ch. 6-8 have been posted below.
As mentioned previously in class, students who score under a 70% on chapter test are required to complete the Reading Guide for that chapter. This is not a punishment but rather an opportunity to improve both your mastery of the content and your grade in the class. Note: Reading Guides are due at the end of the next unit not the unit we are currently working on. There fore, it estimated that you should have about a month or so to complete the assignment.
 
UPDATE: 9/3/2019
READING GUIDES for Ch. 1-5 have been posted below.
Normally,  students who score under a 70% on a chapter test are required to complete the Reading Guide for that chapter. However, for the first unit of study this is OPTIONAL.  The idea here is to provide students who may be struggling to adjust to the rigors of an AP class with an opportunity to improve both their mastery of the content and their overall grade in the class.  Simply, choose ONE or more Reading Guides below and complete them by the end of the semester.   
 
UPDATE: 8/30/2019
FOCUS QUESTIONS for Unit II (Ch. 6-8) have been posted below. Please remember, to avoid the dreaded "LD" (Lacks Detail) you must completely answer each question with as much depth and detail as possible. "When in doubt, keep writing!" :-)
Note: Focus Questions are due the date of each Chapter Test. Please make note of the following due dates (subject to change): Ch. 6 Test (9/17) Ch. 7 Test (9/24) Ch. 8 Test (10/2).
 
UPDATE: 8/30/2019
ATTENTION: AP-US HISTORY STUDENTS AND PARENTS
The AP-USH Course Overview, Grading Policy and Discipline Contract for the 2019-20 school year have been posted below. Please let me know if you have any additional questions and/or concerns.
 
AP-U.S. History
2019-20 Summer Assignment
• Welcome to AP-U.S. History (APUSH). The following assignments are due the first day of class.
Note: This is not simply “busy-work” to torture you with over the summer. You will be tested on this material within the first few weeks of school. In addition, the successful completion of these assignments will enable you to continue on an enriching learning experience that will better prepare you for college. On the other hand, the failure to complete these assignments will negatively affect your performance in the class and may ultimately result in your reassignment to a regular U.S. History class.

2019-20 Summer Assignment details:
• Assignment #1:
View the online lectures and take lecture notes for American Pageant Ch. 1-5. You may access these at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-69ThEyf7-A8PgWRxaH3Qi3dD_ZUu2BF
Lecture notes may be written in whichever format you prefer. However, lecture notes should cover the entire lecture and be as detailed as possible. In addition, depending on the length of the lecture, lecture notes should consist of a minimum of one-two pages per chapter.
Note: Single page size and content requirements are as follows: 8 1/2" x 11" lined notebook paper, take notes on both front and back and from top to bottom, do not skip lines!
In addition, lecture notes should be handwritten and in your own words.
No typed and/or copied work will be accepted!

• Assignment #2:
Read carefully Chapters 1-5 of the textbook American Pageant.
Note: Textbooks will not be issued to you until the Fall. Please refer to the "American Pageant" links posted at the bottom of this page for pdf. files of American Pageant Chapters 1-5.

• Assignment #3:
As you read each chapter, completely answer each set of Focus Questions for American Pageant Chapters 1-5. To access the Focus Questions, click on the pdf. file for Unit One-Focus Questions at the bottom of this page.
All Focus Questions must be completed in your own writing. No typed and/or copied work will be accepted!
It is not required that you write out each question. Only that you label each assignment by chapter and that you provide a number for each answer. Answers should be written in complete sentences and provide as much detail as possible. Answers consisting of only a sentence or two are not nearly detailed enough to meet established performance standards for this class and will likely be rejected.
Note: For an example of what would be considered an an ideal response, see the sample question/answer below.

Sample Question #1 : What developments set the stage for “a cataclysmic shift in the course of history?”

Sample Answer #1: Changes in Europe encouraged exploration. Europeans had a high demand for imported luxury goods which encouraged long distance ocean travel. The Portuguese had demonstrated the ability to sail long distances successfully. Africa had been established as a source for slaves by the Portuguese. Powerful nation-states began to form which could finance expensive exploration. The Renaissance nurtured an ambitious optimistic spirit. The development of printing presses helped to spread knowledge. The compass, developed from Arabic and Chinese origins, helped sailors find where they were going.

As you can see, a good rule to remember is "When in doubt, keep on writing!"

WARNING:
DO NOT PROCRASTINATE THIS SUMMER!
NO PARTIAL AND/OR INCOMPLETE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AND LATE WORK WILL CARRY A SUBSTANTIAL PENALTY (-30% PER DAY).
DUE TO THE ENORMOUS VOLUME OF MATERIAL THAT MUST BE COVERED IN THIS COURSE, YOU MUST STAY ON TOP OF YOUR SUMMER READING AND COMPLETE ALL OF YOUR ASSIGNMENTS BY THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER AND WE'LL SEE YOU IN THE FALL!

MR. HOUSEHOLTER
AP-UNITED STATES HISTORY

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