• Daily Calendar

    Below you will find brief descriptions and links to materials for what happens in class.  Use this page to stay up-to-date when you miss class and to review materials after class or before a test.


    Unit 1 – Pre Columbian & Colonial Era 

    *Week 1 (8/19) Review Summer Reading - Chapter 1 (The New Global World: 1450-1620); 4 sections, Chapter 2 (Invasion & Settlement of North America: 1550-1700); 4 sections & Chapter 3 (Creating a British Empire in America: 1660-1750); 3 sections

    Wednesday August 21st

    Day 1:

    QOD: What is your context?  History is the context for our lives....

    HW: Read Zinn piece, see note-taking


    Thursday August 22nd

    Day 2:

    Introductions: If you could live in another time of history when and where would it be and why?

    • Howard Zinn and historical perspective discussion
    • Secondary Source: Purpose + Evidence

    “These new societies were based on exploitation, not equality.”(7)

    “For most peasants, survival meant constant labor, breaking the soil with primitive wooden plows-”(18)

    • The Course and exam: Content-Your responsibility

                                                Skills-My responsibility                                            

    • Sourcing Experience: Primary   [Community-building]
      • Read source/Examine source (all from summer reading) 
      • Identify perspective
      • Find someone who has a source that has the same context as yours
      • Find someone with a source that has something OTHER THAN context in common with yours.

    HW: Read advice from last year's students.

    Friday August 23rd

    Day 3: 

    QOD: What were the political, social, and economic reasons people immigrated from England?

    • CH 1 Review - Lecture and thesis writing practice

    HW: Cornell Notes on Ch. 2


    Week 2 (8/26) Review Summer Reading - Test on Wednesday. Begin Chapter 4   Ch. 4 & 5 Terms

    Monday August 26th

    Day 4:  Review Ch. 2 and Short Answer

    Tuesday August 27th

    Day 5: Review Ch. 3 and Note Taking

    QOD:  Look at the passenger lists for the following: ratio of males to females, age distribution, # married, # travelling with families. Use this information to write a thesis addressing the following prompt: How did the differences in the population of the colonies reflect the economies of the regions?

    HW: Review Ch. 1-3 for test on Block.

    Wednesday August 28th

    Day 6: Test + Primary Source Work

    • 40 Question MC On Ch. 1-3 [40 minutes]
    • 1 Short Answer Question

    HW: Read "Benjamin Franklin on Education"  With primary source break-down sheet

    Friday August 30th

    Day 7: Comparison: New England and Middle Colonies

    QOD: Franklin on Education

    • Summer LEQ feedback + return assignment
    • Comparison New England and Middle Colonies--Analysis of Franklin source
    • Use 2019 SA sample from Summer Seminar 2019

    HW: Begin Ch. 4 (4 sections, read one over the weekend, 1 Monday night, 1 Tuesday night, 1 Wednesday night)..there may be additional readings..


    *Week 3 (9/2) Chapter 4 (Growth & Crisis in Colonial Society:  1720-1765); 4 sections   Ch. 4 & 5 Terms

    Tues. 9/3--Colonial Evolution & Distinctions

    • Skill: Comparison
    • Groupwork--Predictions
    • Lecture

    HW: Read Ch. 4; Notes Cornell Style (Due Friday) 

    Wed. 9/4 [Block] Midcentury Turning Points

    QOD: Howard Zinn noted that: "The Middle Class was expanding [in 1750] and should they sympathize with the poor migrant or the negro, then the power structure would be upended."  Why might this be important to note?

    • Group investigation: How did the French and Indian War alter the political, economic and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies?
    • Documents, Evidence + Questions
      • Step I: Brainstorm response to Q
      • Step II: Documents
      • Step III: Add background information [for each document]
      • Step IV: Connect Documents to Prompt
      • [Note, we are leaving out the next steps of organization and writing...]

    HW: Find background information for question with documents if necessary; finish notes for Ch. 4

    Friday 9/6--Ch. 4 Notes Due in Spreadsheet

    QOD: Was the Great Awakening important because it coincided with the Enlightenment or was it important because it created divisions among colonists?

    • Complex Analysis w/QOD--connect to argument and other criteria for a 2
    • Rubric and Exercise (HERE)

    HW: Begin Ch. 5

    Unit 2 – The Early Republic

    Week 4 (9/9) Chapter 5 (Toward Independence:  1763-1776); 3 sections

    Monday 9/9-- Imperial Reform

    QOD: What was the significance of the French and Indian War?

    HW: Read Ch. 5, Sect 2 

    Tuesday 9/10--Political Perspectives on Rebellion

    QOD: Was Benjamin Franklin a moderate?

    • How the Stamp Act kicks off the Road to choosing sides in the colonies HERE.
    • Conservative v. Progressivism
      • Radicals-Moderates-Loyalists
    • 15 min Story of US: Revolution
      • Studyguide: https://cropper.watch.aetnd.com/cdn.watch.aetnd.com/sites/2/2016/12/America_Episode2_guide_FIN.pdf

    HW: Read Ch. 5, Sect. 3

    Wednesday 9/11 [7-period Day]--

    QOD: What does the Yale historian believe are the chief characterisitics of Loyalists?

    • 15 min of "Revolution" What perspectives are represented? Video HERE.
    • Introduction: Group LEQ
    • Thesis building and organization

    HW: Do background work for LEQ

    Thursday 9/12 [Block]--

    QOD: Pitt v Townshend

    • Here are the sources you will use...there will be hardcopies in class
    • Continue work on LEQ

    HW: Review for MC & SAC; Finish LEQ

    Week 5 (9/16) Chapter 6 (Making War & Republican Governments:  1776-1789); 4 sections Ch. 6 & 7

    Monday 9/16--MC Test Ch. 4 & 5 + SA

    [Group LEQ Due]

    • MC--30 quest. /30 min.
    • SAQ--12 min.

    HW: Read Sect 1, Ch. 6


    Tuesday 9/17-- Course of the War [And Why it Matters]

    QOD: What was the significance of the Battles of Lexington and Concord? Video (8min)

    Follow up: How does the Declaration of Independence add a different dimension?

    • Events leading to war
      • Timeline (handout & pg. 162)
      • How do the details of the war demonstrate why and how the patriots/Americans were able to overcome the superior resources of the British?
    • Slideshow: Patriot Militia, General Howe, Continental Congress, victory at Saratoga, financial crisis, Valley Forge

    HW: Read Sect. 2 & 3 (pp.178-193)


    Wednesday 9/18 (block) --Perspectives on the Revolutionary War

    QOD: Who was to blame for Britain’s failure to win a quick victory?

    HW: Finish Ch. 6 notes;  Be sure your reflection or critical thinking about your notes is evident; Prep Tavern discussion.


    Friday 9/20--Tavern Talks Note: CLASS will meet in ROOM 182

    [Ch. 6 Notes due by 5pm in this spreadsheet]


    • Begin Republican Institutions...
    • Tavern Talks in Room 182

    HW: Begin Ch. 7, sect. 1 (notes due on this chapter, Friday 9/27)


    Week 6 (9/23) Chapter 7 (Politics & Society in the New Republic: 1787-1820); 3 sections

    Monday 9/23--Tavern Talks contin.: CLASS will meet in ROOM 182

    • Finish last 2 Tavern Talks--taking on perspectives while considering events
    • What happened to the Loyalists after the revolution?

    HW: Read Ch. 7 Sect. 1--

    Tuesday 9/24-- What comes after the revolution?

    HW: Work with Partner outlining the arguments for your assigned Fed Paper.

    Wednesday 9/25-- Constitutional Debates

    • Polish Dialogue for Federalists and Anti-federalists
    • Perform raps--notes on the 12 topics
    • We will  consider the developments of the young republic: Slideshow

    HW: Read Ch. 7, Sect. 2; Slide for HW Question


    Friday 9/27: Synthesis Ch. 6 & 7

    Obstacles of the new Republic--Slideshow

    Questions from Slides--

    • How do we establish a specific, relevant context? (Quest. 1)
    • How do we develop a thesis? (Quest. 2)
    • How do we analyze historical events/developments? (Quest. 3)

     HW:Finish Ch. 7; Notes due Monday in Spreadsheet

    DBQ Practice-- War of 1812 What background information is important?


    Week 7 (9/30) Chapter 8 (Creating a Republican Culture:  1790-1820); 4 sections  Ch. 8 & 9 Terms

    Monday 9/30--The War of 1812

    QOD: [Check for remaining slides] Who was more revolutionary, Hamilton or Jefferson?

    • Background on war of 1812...what is important to know the significance?
    • Analysis of documents with worksheet
      • Part I, II & III --share out after 10 minutes
      • Read and annotate documents
    • Debrief--Importance of War of 1812

    HW: Annotate document packet to be used on DBQ on Tuesday.  You will have 40 minutes to write

    Tuesday 10/1--DBQ Ch. 4-7

    DBQ--Ch. 4-7; Rubric HERE

    HW: Begin Ch. 8: Read Sections 1 & 2


    Thursday (block, short day) 10/3

    QOD: What is Republican Culture?

    We will consider the influences of American founding ideals with THIS slideshow.

    HW: Finish reading Ch. 8 and EITHER complete notes OR do the assignment on the last slide of today's slideshow.

    Friday, 10/4-- Republican culture

    QOD: How is regionalism replacing states' rights?

    Discuss results of the Missouri Compromise and Marshall Court through Documents

    Share out other questions from Thursday (7)

    HW: Submit notes by Saturday, 3pm; Read Ch. 9, Sect. 1 HERE


    Unit 3 – Antebellum America

    *Week 8 (10/7) Chapter 9 (Economic Transformations:  1820-1860); 3 sections

    Monday 10/7--What were the political consequences of War of 1812?

    QOD: How were the Missouri Compromise and the Supreme Court creating a more federalist country?

    HW: Read Ch. 9, Sect. 2


    Tuesday, 10/8--Economic and Social intersections, 1820-1850

    QOD: How did the documents demonstrate an increasing nationalism?

    • We will begin with 3 documents from yesterday's slideshow.  Your analysis will include use of these sentence frames.
    • Antebellum Industry and Econ
    • Crash Course #12
    • Know Nothings and Irish Immigration

    HW: Finish Ch. 9, Review for Test Friday; Notes due by 5pm Friday.


    Friday 10/11: Ch. 8 & 9 Multiple Choice

    • 30 Multiple Choice Ch. 8 & 9 + 1 SAQ

    HW: Begin reading Ch. 10--Section 1


    Week 9 (10/14) Chapter 10 (A Democratic Revolution:  1820-1844); 3 sections Ch. 10 and 11 Terms

    Monday 10/14-- Democracy in the New Economy

    QOD: Cartoon of Jacksonian Democracy: https://dp.la/primary-source-sets/jacksonian-democracy/sources/142

    What is happening? What is the significance of details? Outside information?

    • Debrief of Unit 2 DBQ..slideshow HERE.
    • Social Classes and Politics: How do the social classes that are emerging through economic expansion alter politics and democracy? See background info from Ch. 9 and Ch. 10, Part I
      • What are the different groups?
      • What are their needs?
      • Where do they live?
    • How does the growth of political parties address the increasing complexity of American society?

    HW: Read Ch. 10, Section 2

    Tuesday 10/15-- Who was Andrew Jackson?

    QOD: What were the interests and needs of the various social groups?

    HW: Begin preparations for trial (Friday)--read and annotate document

    Wednesday 10/16 (block)-- How do politics become synonymous with democracy?

    • Questions and NTK about trial?
    • Jackson’s Politics (slideshow with links to 2 videos-- 15min + 9min)
    • Newsweek reading - Analyze as a secondary source..note the publication date
    • Plan out case for trial

    HW: Finish trial prep; read CH. 10, Sect. 3  Here is the RUBRIC (p2)


    Friday  10/18--Was Andrew Jackson guilty of high crimes?

    We will meet in Room 182

    • Jackson Trial
    • Jacksonian America

    HW: Begin Ch. 11


    Week 10 (10/21) Chapter 11 (Religion and Reform:  1820-1860); 4 sections

    Monday 10/21--Jackson Trial & Segue to Women in the Democratic age

    • We will have our third trial of Jackson
      • Debrief--What was the consistent accusation?
    • Jackson Cartoons: Accurate? (We will pull the cartoons out of this slideshow)
    • Women and the Expansion of Democracy

    HW: Read Ch. 11, Sect. 2

    Tuesday 10/22-- Women Reformers & Seneca Falls

    QOD: What areas did women work to reform?

    We will do a simulation that develops the ideals and grievances that became the basis of the Seneca Falls Conference.

                We will use this slideshow.

    HW: Read Ch. 11 Sect. 3; Download and print the graphic organizer for tomorrow's lesson

    Block 10/23: Religion, Communes,  Reform and the LEQ

    We will examine some of the primarily middle class movements of the 1830s-1850s.

    HW: Review Ch. 10 & 11 for MC test

    If you would like to turn in optional notes for each chapter for the rest of the semester, save this spreadsheet to your folder for APUS and enter notes by the end of each week.

    Friday 10/25--Ch. 10 & 11 MC

    • MC test: 35 minutes
    • LEQ Rubric and Prep

    HW:  Review for LEQ


    Week 11 (10/28) Chapter 12 (Slavery and Society:  1800-1860); 2 sections


    NO SCHOOL---BLACKOUTS; I hope you all are taking care.  I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

    Thursday 10/31-- LEQ Ch. 8-11

    We will have our LEQ; you should have reviewed the bigger themes of the time period (1820-1850) and then brainstormed specific events, people and concepts.

    HW: Read Ch. 12, Section 1


    Friday 11/1--  Evidence from Slavery, Slave Culture and the Economics of Slavery

    QOD: Feminist and Abolitionist: Sojourner Truth (Re-enacted speech 1851)

    We will use this sheet to analyze the images, charts and graphs in Ch. 12.

    Reflection: What details of how slavery evolved between 1820 and 1850 made it increasingly impossible for slavery to be eliminated?

    HW:  Read Ch. 12, Section 2


    Unit 4 – Causes and Effects of Civil War 

    Week 12 (11/4) Ch. 12 (Slavery and Society 1820-1860); 2 sections  Ch. 12 & 13 Terms

    Monday 11/4-- 2 Slave Societies

    • We will debrief the questions from Friday (Ch. 12 Visuals)
    • Then we will use this slideshow to guide the examination of sources as slavery and Southern society become more complex.

    HW: Read Ch. 12, Section 2

    Tuesday 11/5-- Slave Narratives & African American World

    QOD: Even as abolition is expanding, why is slavery becoming more entrenched?

    We will watch THIS video then use this SLIDESHOW to examine the impact of shifting slavery (Video 2 or Video 3)

    In your groups, you will spend the rest of class to prepare to share out on block day

    HW: Finalize preparations for sharing (see slideshow and pages numbers in notes sections)

    Block 11/6-- Slavery & Abolition

    • We will watch the last part of the video from yesterday. (To minute 32:00)
      • What is some of the backlash to the increasing abolitionist movement?
      • How are northerners more often complicit in slavery?
      • What is the significance of each of the people profiled?
    • You will have 10 minutes to finish preparing for your "presentation".
    • By the end of the presentations, you should be able to address an SAQ (see slide 13)

    HW: Read Ch. 13, Sect. 1

    Friday 11/8-- War, Expansion and Slavery

    QOD: How are politics reinforcing the divisions over slavery?

    We will look at the role of territory and expansion in increasing sectionalism (pp. 398-404; 405-406 and 408)

    • How do government (federal & state) actions perpetuate division?
    • How does Texas become a question of slavery?
    • What are the impacts of the war with Mexico?
    • How do California and Oregon statehood add to the debate?
    • What political parties are emerging?
    • How do presidential politics affect sectionalism?

    We will use these documents in groups.

    HW: Read Ch. 13, Sect. 2 & 3 for Tuesday  (17 pages..plan accordingly)


    *Week 13 (11/11)  Chapter 13 (Expansion, War & Sectional Crisis:  1844-1860); 4 sections  Ch. 12 & 13 Terms

    Tuesday 11/12-- End of the Second Party System

    QOD: To what extent have politics overshadowed economics in the debate over slavery by 1850?

    You will consider the context of the 1840s as we begin to learn about pivotal moments of the 1850s

    We will use this slideshow

    HW: Prepare notes and document analyses for debates


    Block 11/13-- 1850s Turning Points & Perspectives

    QOD: What was the political and economic context of the Compromise of 1850?

    • We will finish the political shifts that occured in the 1840s and 1850s

    You will then receive your assigned POV for the "debates"

    • You will have 10 minutes to review sources before we begin debates.
    • Each debate will last 10 minutes..you will be evalauated on use of specifics and references to the documents as well as accuracy in POV

    HW: Read Ch 13, Sect. 4

           According to historians (your text) what was the significance of Lincoln's election?


    Friday 11/15-- Sectionalism and the "triumph" of Lincoln

    Sectional Debate #5

    Why did the Second Party System fail?

    We will spend the second part of class reviewing the details of Lincoln's rise with this sheet.  

               Through this process, we will revisit the components of the LEQ.

    HW:  Review Ch. 12 & 13 + SAQ feedback for test Monday


    Week 14 (11/18) Chapter 14 (Two Societies at War:  1861-1865); 4 sections Ch. 14 & 15 Terms

    Monday 11/18--Ch. 12 & 13 MC and SAQ

    You will take a 32 question Multiple choice test and respond to 1 short answer question with three parts.

    HW: Read Ch. 14, Sect. 1


    Tuesday 11/19-- Ethical Dimension: Was Lincoln a racist?

    Today we will look at Lincoln's words and historian's perspectives

    We will use THIS sheet and THIS slideshow

    HW: Read Ch. 14, Sect. 2


    Block 11/20-- Civil War 1861-1863

    How do military and political strategies differ between North and South? 

    We will study the opening years of the Civil War

    We will use THIS slideshow.

    We will then look at a document related to the enlistment of enslaved Americans.

    HW: Read and annotate the Emancipation Proclamation;


    Friday 11/22-- Civil War 1863-1865

    We will consider the point at which the tide turned

    THIS slideshow has highlights and videos that go along with the documents and graphic  organizer for class.

    HW: Read Sect. 3 and 4


    Week 15 (11/25) Thanksgiving Week


    Week 16 (12/2) Chapter 15 Chapter 15 (Reconstruction:  1865-1877); 3 sections

    Monday 12/2--The Impacts of the War and Using Documents

    First you will get your exam review packet

    We will then look at the documents you examined before the break.  How would you use material from the documents to provide evidence to an argument?

    We will practice using evidence from documents for extended analysis with THIS sheet.

    What would be the challenges at the end of the Civil War? (Economic, political and social)?

    HW: Read Ch 15, Sect. 1; finish Part II of sheet from today


    Tuesday 12/3--What was Radical Reconstruction?

    Reconstruction Slideshow--What were the different appraoches to Reconstruction?

    We will use this slideshow for you to review the details of elements of Reconstruction.

    HW: Read Ch 15, Sect. 2


    Wednesday 12/4--DBQ Practice

    Today we will continue to look at Reconstruction by going through the DBQ 


    First though, we will view this video on Reconstruction (8 min) and discuss:

             Why is Reconstruction misunderstood?

    We will then engage in a gallery walk of the questions and responses you worked on yesterday for background information.

    What background information from the gallery walk is useful for a DBQ on Reconstruction? 

    Prompt:To what extent was there consensus about integrating blacks into American society after the Civil War?

    Stations: Context, Thesis, Argument, Evidence, Outside Evidence, Extended Analysis, Synthesis

    Here is the packet we will use in class for the DBQ practice.

    HW: Read Ch. 15, Sect. 3

     **HERE is the documentary referenced in the video...if you are interested.

    Friday 12/6

    QOD: Why was Reconstruction unsuccessful?

     Consider the perspectives of the following:

    Former Confederate soldiers                  freedmen                                members of the Ku Klux Klan

    Republican Congressmen                      northern white women              classical liberals

    We will use this slideshow to practice multiple choice and examine some of the aspects of the unravelling of Reconstruction.

    HW: Review for MC test Ch 14/15


    Week 17 (12/9) Review

    Useful topic outlines by chapter: America's History, 7th Edition

    Monday 12/9: Ch. 14/15 MC (no SAQ)

    HW: Revew: Ch. 1-4


    Tuesday 12//10: Review Ch. 1-4-- What developments of the colonial era most influenced the society that had evolved by 1830?

    Content Review: Topics -Native Americans, Colonial Regionalism, Imperial Expansion, Society: Britain in America, Society 2: Colonial Nuances

    We will use the 2019 AP LEQ to review material and the essay-writing process.

    HW: Review Ch. 5-7


    Block 12/11: Review Ch. 5-7-- Compromise and Resistance

    Content Review from Unit I: Topics -Native Americans, Colonial Regionalism, Imperial Expansion, Society: Britain in America, Society 2: Colonial Nuances

    Part I: What compromises were made then undermined? What was the shape of resistance?

                    In what ways did the British compromise?

                    How did the Americans compromise?

    Part II: What is most important to know about the Revolutionary War? Analysis practice

                   Analytical practices: cause & effect; periodization; perspective; contextualization

    We will use this slideshow for review exercises.

    HW: Review Ch. 8-11


    Friday 12/13: Review Ch. 8-11--In what ways was Antebellum America progressive?

    Economic progress

    Social progress

    Political stagnation

    Last 15 minutes--Review documents for DBQ

    HW:  Review Civil War Era background info


    Week 18 (12/17) Final Exam Week

    Monday 12/16: DBQ--Civil War and Reconstruction


    Tuesday December 17th

    8am -10am: 7th Period Exam Good Luck!!


    Wednesday December 18th

    11:42-12:32: SMART #2 Review for AP Exam Room 177


    Thursday December 19th

    8am-10am: 4th period exam  Good Luck!!

    HW: For Break...Read Ch. 16 and complete this packet.


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