Gateway Regional High School

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AP US History II (APUSH II), Grade 11

Teacher

Denise Kane

Email

dkane@gatewayhs.com

Phone Number

856-848-8200 x596

Course Website

Google Classroom code: o9ggjy

University of California Open Access lecture website: https://classroom.ucscout.org/login/canvas (requires login)

Get a Five lecture/review website: https://www.getafive.com/study-room (requires login)

Course Description

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.

Course Expectations and Assessments

It is the expectation that students in this course are enrolling as part of a two-year cohort.  All students are expected to take the AP US History exam in May 2018.

Each marking period, students will read a nonfiction book on the historical topic of their choice.  Including summer reading, they will read five books during APUSH II.  Upon completion of the book, they will complete a report analyzing the book.  It is assigned at the beginning of each term and due three to five school days before the end of each term.        

Course Policies 

Homework is necessary for success in the course.  I utilize a “flipped classroom” approach where lectures and reading take place outside of class.  Sometimes, a Google discussion Question may be posted which requires students to post responses outside of class.  Class time is where we use that lecture and reading information to analyze primary documents, role play, debate, and interact with classmates on projects.  Failure to complete readings and lectures will result in lack of success in the class.

Retakes are available for all written primary grades (SAQ, FRQ, DBQ).  Corrections with explanations will be accepted for multiple choice primary grades.  Retakes must take place after school or during a student’s study hall.  Students may not miss another teacher’s class to complete a retake.

Required and Recommended Materials 

Assistance

Additional help is available 2nd period, C lunch, 8th period, and Monday-Thursday after school.  Appointments must be made in advance for extra help.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Recent performances on AP US History Exam (scored on a scale of 1 to 5).

The AP US History Exam is typically taken by students during May of their junior year.

Class Graduating Year

Average Score on AP US History Exam

Number of students enrolled in APUSH II course

Number of students who took exam

Class of 2013

3.800

12

6

Class of 2014

3.556

9

9

Class Graduating Year

Average Score on AP US History Exam

Number of students enrolled in APUSH II course

Number of students who took exam

Class of 2015

4.667

5

5

Class of 2016

4.500

5

5

Class of 2017

3.556

9

9

Class of 2018

4.200

5

5

Cumulative Averages

4.047*

45

39

*Since May 2012, 41 students have taken the AP US History exam and scored a 3, 4, or 5 resulting in a cumulative passing rate of 91.11%.  Only 4 students have scored a 2.  No students have scored a 1.