SkyView Academy 2015-2016 AP US H ISTORY Zack Brackney Room 212 [email protected] Welcome Greetings, welcome to Advanced Placement History of the United States. Historians examine and analyze events in the past in order to better understand the present and future. The Advanced Placement Curriculum is designed to prepare students for the challenges of college, and is therefore presented with a higher level of rigor than students may have been exposed to in the past. We will be moving at a very quick pace through American history (while still maintaining a high level of depth), using both chronological and thematic methods of organization to provide structure and pacing. At the end of the year, students will have a deep understanding of the complex interactions, events, and decisions that have all combined to create the modern American nation. Grading scale A 100-90 Required Supplies Writing Utensils (Blue or B 89-80 Black ink for all submitted work) brought every day C 79-70 3 ring binder with tabs and D 69-60 filler paper to maintain notes, handouts, and other class materials Assessment Grades will be tracked on a points system.5 Roughly half of the points will come from homework assignments and participation, with the remainder in the form of “reality checks” which will allow me to assess how much of the skills and content have been retained. These assessments will take the form of in-class tests and essays, presentations, and other projects. Expectations Zero Policy: We will develop a classroom Social Contract as a group to ensure that this classroom is a safe and positive environment for learning to occur. Specific to my classroom will be a focus on preparation, respect, and participation. I will abide by the principles established in our social contract just as I expect you to. By agreeing to abide by these values, we will be able to do our best and be our best. Assignments not turned in on time may still be submitted up to 5 days after they were due, losing 10% of their value per day late. After those 5 days are up, the assignment will be recorded as a zero. Communication The best resource for information on this class will be the classroom website, which will be updated on a weekly basis at a minimum. In addition, these updates will be sent out via email. If you have a concern not addressed through either of these avenues, I will respond to any email sent to my school email address ([email protected]) within 24 to 48 hours. Books/Materials Because of the nature of pacing required to cover all content and skills, students will be checking out a textbook for use during the school year. We are using American History: Connecting With the Past by Alan Brinkley. Students will be expected to read and outline approximately a chapter a week. This is important, as it will provide them the background information for the more in-depth discussions that will be held during the class period. There will be readings from multiple other sources as well, which will also be provided to the students.