Course Outline: 2012-13
Advanced Placement United States History
Mr. Olson - Rm. 527
Advanced Placement United States History is a full year course that covers American history from colonial ties to the present. Goals of this course include: Preparing students for the A.P. U.S. History Exam (May 15) as well as the New York State Regents examination (June), and the mastery of many communication, critical thinking, and social-studies-specific skills. The opportunity to earn college credit through the SUNY University in the High School Program is also available.
Other Course Objectives:
· Master a broad body of historical knowledge
· Demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology
· Interpret and apply data from original documents, including cartoons, graphs, letters, etc.
· Use historical data to support an argument or position
· Differentiate between opposing historical perspectives
· Effectively use the analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast, etc.
· Work effectively with others to produce products and solve problems
Overview of Topics Covered:
Course Introduction & Chronological overview
Theme 1 – Government
Theme 2 – War/Foreign Policy
Theme 3 – Economics
Theme 4 – Social Change / Reform Movements
Theme 5 – Civil Liberties and loose ends
Absence and make up policy:
It is in your advantage to be in class every day. If a class is missed, YOU are responsible for finding out what you missed and requesting make up assignments. I am available in class, before class, and after school for consultation, extra help and make up tests.