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Course Syllabus for APUSH

Posted in APUSH Review with tags on August 28, 2013 by mrkufs

SYLLABUS and COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Placement United States HISTORY

MR. KUFS

 

  

     The primary objective for this course is to increase the students understanding of United States History from discovery to the present.  The goal is having each student excel on the A.P. Exam in May and the Regents Exam in June.  The course will be divided into two semesters, DISCOVERY to the GILDED AGE and the U.S. AS AN EMPIRE to the PRESENT. 
     The areas of concentration include historical, political, and economic history coupled with an intense study of cultural and intellectual institutions at the college level.  The major difference between a high school history and a college history course is the amount of writing, reading, analysis, and focus.  Most high school courses stress “What happened?” intending to provide enough background to ensure good citizenship.  College courses stress “Why and How” things happen as well as the consequences of those actions.

 

 

TEXT: Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. 
   The American Pageant: A History of the Republic. 12th 

   ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY READING: The American Political Tradition, Amsco United States History, many other primary source documents and any other assigned readings.

 

GRADING will consist of the following:

100% weight-Tests/Essays/DBQ essays/Projects/Presentations

50% or less weight- Quizzes/Class Discussion/minor assignments/homework

 

(NOTE-ANY DISCIPLINE PROBLEM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN SEVERE PENALTY IN THE GRADE AND POSSIBLE REMOVAL FROM THE CLASS.) 

 

*Grades are tools for learning.  Grades are generally good when the student is doing everything that is expected of them.  The grade reflects the knowledge that the student has demonstrated through a variety of methods.  Grades are not given, they are earned. This is a college course- therefore the emphasis will be on LEARNING more than working toward a number.   

Also a reminder that the course is weighted 10% compared to regular course.  A score of a 90 will be 99 on your weighted average.

 

APUSH NOTEBOOK:

 

 The amount of printed materials distributed in this course is substantially higher than that of a regular course.  A well-organized notebook is an essential element of the course.  The students who score the best in the course are by no coincidence the students who are the most organized.  The notebook must be a large 3-ring binder with a set of dividers.

 

It must be organized in the following fashion:

 

CHRONOLOGICALLY WITH DATES ON ALL MATERIAL RECEIVED.   

 

ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY:
Students are expected to abide by ethical standards and in preparing and presenting material which demonstrates their level of knowledge.  Such standards are founded on the basic concepts of honesty and integrity.  THIS IS A COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE AND DEMANDS COMMITMENT.

 

EXAM FORMAT:

 80 Multiple Choice Questions (55 minutes)

 Free Response Essay Questions – answering 2 of 4 essays (70 minutes)

 DBQ essay (60 minutes)

-Read and analyze (15 minutes)

-Write essay (45 minutes)

 

COST, THE EXAM, AND COLLEGE CREDIT:

The cost of this course will be roughly $88.  There is tuition assistance for students that meet eligibility requirements. 

 

This school year’s APUSH exam will be on May 14, 2013.  It will count for six college credits if credit is received, via the College Board.  Scores of 3 or higher out of 5 usually receive college credit.  Being that there are no qualifications or requirements for taking APUSH many will not receive college credit.  Typically around 15-20% of the entire Junior class will receive APUSH credit.  The others that take the course as opposed to the 11R will benefit from the extra writing skills; the more demanding workload; the college course on their transcript; and more than likely a stronger NYS U.S. History and Government Regents score. 

 

 

NY STATE/COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS

New York State Social Studies Standards 1, 3, 4 and 5 on the high school level

CCLS Grades 11-12 Reading 1-10

CCLS Grades 11-12 Writing 1-10

 

TECHNOLOGY:

Remind101 will be used to communicate important information throughout the course.  I also use mrkufs.wordpress.com to access daily notes/primary source documents/quotes/audios/videos/speeches.

Ashton Kutcher’s advice to teens

Posted in Life Advice with tags on August 28, 2013 by mrkufs

Ashton Kutcher talks about the three things all teens need to know.