Welcome to AP U.S. History. This site contains the resources you'll need to complete the course. These resources can be used to prepare for the AP exam, too. Throughout this course, you will practice selecting and interpreting evidence and historical accounts, as well as the ways historians analyze evidence. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to act as an amatuer historian and develop critical thinking skills on the soapbox of U.S. history.


Summer Assignment

This year's assignment is a bit different than previous years. As the HHS course develops under the new APUSH curriculum, I've made some adjustments based on what works better for your success in the course and on the exam.

Our goal with this course is to crack the code of historical investigation and become fluent in the narrative of U.S. history.

The work will employ a set of historical thinking skills to explore specific themes related to our country's development. This assignment is designed to help you become familiar with the kinds of themes and skills you can expect to use throughout the course.

The assignment has two parts. (suggested times on each are estimates)

  1. Early Native Societies (Cultural Regions) - 2.5 to 4 hours
  2. European Exploration and Conquest

All the materials are provided above via links. You do not have to buy anything. Pease print materials if you work better that way or think Internet access will be inconsistent throughout your summer.

It's important to me that you have a summer break, and it's also important that you become familiar with the kind of work you can expect in APUSH.

You will turn in ... (due first day of class) 15 points each - 60 points total

  1. Cultural regions map and two-page report on the Native American culture you chose
  2. Response to question 6 at the end of "American Holocaust"
  3. Skills Packet 1 (handwritten on the pages provided)
  4. Columbian Exchange - Long- and Short-term effects notes

The work is your prep to take the Period 1 exam (first unit) at the end of the second week of school. You will receive feedback on your work before the exam, and we will use your work in class for learning.

The Period 1 exam will be one multiparagraph essay. Five questions are provided in advance. Three of which are listed on the exam. You choose one question to respond.