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Week of March 20th
Period 7.2: Turbulent Decades, 1920-1945
Topics: The Great Depression
Homework and Assignments: 
-Review the Causes of the Depression
-Short video: PBS's "The Roosevelts" 1929-33
-"Cinderella Man" scenes
-The New Deal examination

Week of March 27th
Period 7.2: Turbulent Decades, 1920-1945
Topics: World War II 
Homework and Assignments: 
-Timeline: From WWI to WWII, 1919-1941
-The Pearl Harbor Experience activity
-The American Homefront during WWII


APUSH Summer Assignment 2016

The first component of the assignment is the MANDATORY READING.  You must read the first THREE chapters of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present.  I recommend that you complete the attached study guide and develop an in-depth knowledge of the content so that you are prepared for the evaluation on the first day of school in the fall.  This reading will help you prepare for our first unit on Colonial America from 1492 to 1763.  You can buy the book, take a photocopy from me, or read it online at http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html

 

In addition to the short Zinn reading, the A.P. United States History summer assignment includes the viewing of TWO AMERICAN FILMS listed on the back of this page.  You must choose one film released BEFORE 1990 and one film released AFTER 1990.  In addition, you must be prepared for a 10-question quiz and a full discussion on each film during the first day of fall classes.  Each film was carefully selected based on its connection to American History and the fact that I constantly reference these films during the year.  Many of these films earned Academy Award nominations, Oscars for “Best Picture” and “Best Actor,” and ten of them are currently among the “100 Best Films” in American film history as selected by the American Film Institute.

 

PARENTS, many of these films are rated “R.”  Therefore, I’m requiring that each student (and a parent) send me an email by August 15th that tells me what films they plan on viewing and the permission to watch them if they are rated “R.”  Of the nineteen films on the list, thirteen of them are unrated, rated “PG,” or “PG-13.”  You should have no problem selected two good films to watch if family rules prohibit the viewing of “R” rated movies.


APUSH Summer Film List

Rating

Film

Year

PG

“Citizen Kane”

1941

UR

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

1946

PG

“On the Waterfront”

1954

PG

“Dr. Stranglove…”

1964

R

“The Godfather”

1972

R

“The Godfather Part II”

1974

R

“All the President’s Men”

1976

R

“JFK”

1988

PG

“Eight Men Out”

1988

R

“Do The Right Thing”

1989

PG-13

“Fat Man and Little Boy”

1989

PG

“A River Runs Through It”

1992

PG

“Malcolm X”

1992

R

“Saving Private Ryan”

1998

PG-13

“13 Days”

2000

R

“Black Hawk Down”

2001

PG-13

“All the King’s Men”

2006

R

“Charlie Wilson’s War”

2007

PG-13

“Lincoln”

2012




A.P. United States History Homework


THE TEST CORRECTION EXEMPLAR

Question: 13. The actions of Toussaint L'Ouverture helped encourage
    A. the invasion of Haiti by the American Navy
    B. the sale of Louisiana in 1803
    C. the purchase of Florida
    D. the creation of the Monroe Doctrine
    E. the passage of the Embargo Act

Correct Answer: B
    I got question 13 incorrect because I thought that the Monroe Doctrine was the most valid option at the time because it made it so that America would not get involved with foreign countries.  I now see that B is the best possible answer because Napoleon had been giving the issues in Haiti a lot of attention and he realized that it was more important for him to sell Louisiana, make $15 million, and re-focus his efforts on the war(s) in Europe, and not on the events taking place in the Caribbean.  Therefore, "the sale of Louisiana in 1803" is the correct answer.

Source: AP Textbook, The American Pageant, page 221
A.P. United States History: EXAM PREP
2016
**The following are some specific guidelines to preparing for the AP exam for the final two weeks.  These are "suggestions" and are not mandatory.**

TEST DAY: Friday, May 6th at 8:00am at YHS


Monday and Tuesday, April 25th & 26th
*WATCH PERIODS 1 & 2 REVIEW VIDEOS: http://ap.gilderlehrman.org
1. Complete Take-Home DBQ Essay on Period 8
2. Take first set of optional practice test questions

Wednesday and Thursday, April 27th & 28th
*WATCH PERIODS 3 & 4 REVIEW VIDEOS: http://ap.gilderlehrman.org
1. Read Chapter 40 and complete SHORT study guides
2. Take second set of optional practice test questions

Friday and Monday, April 29th & May 2nd
*WATCH PERIODS 5 & 6 REVIEW VIDEOS: http://ap.gilderlehrman.org
1. Take third optional practice test 
2. Read Chapters 41-42 and complete SHORT study guides
**OPTIONAL: Pick up a full length practice test (available @ 2:30)

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3rd & 4th
*WATCH PERIODS 7 & 8 REVIEW VIDEOS: http://ap.gilderlehrman.org
1. Take a full-length practice test
2. Grade yourself and study the questions (topics, concepts, events, etc.) that you do not remember or know.

Thursday night and Friday Morning
*WATCH PERIOD 9 REVIEW VIDEO http://ap.gilderlehrman.org
1. Review any 20th century notes you want
2. Eat a GREAT dinner Thursday night
3. Sleep at least 8 hours
4. East a GREAT breakfast Friday morning
5. Relax and put in your best effort on the test

Friday, May 6th, 8:00am…The A.P. U.S. History Exam