Advanced Placement United States History. Mr. J. Moniaci firstname.lastname@example.org http://mrjmoniaci.edublogs.org/. Course Introduction. Advanced Placement United States History. Intro.
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Advanced PlacementUnited States History Mr. J. Moniaci email@example.com http://mrjmoniaci.edublogs.org/
Course Introduction Advanced Placement United States History
Intro The Advanced Placement program course and examination in United States History are intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to college introductory courses in United States History.
The Course • The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States History. • The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to full-year introductory college courses.
The Course • Students will learn to assess historical materials – their reliability and importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. • The AP course will thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
The Course • In addition to exposing students to historical content, students will be trained to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial, and graphic evidence of historical events. • Students will learn to take notes from printed materials and lectures or discussions, and to write essay examinations. Students should be able to express themselves with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the phrases and ideas of others. • Students will develop a sense of multiple causation and change over time, and will be able to compare developments or trends from one period to another.
The Exam The exam is three hours and five minutes in length and consists of two sections: • a 55 minute multiple-choice section consisting of 80 questions • a 130 minute free-response essay section
The ExamThe Free Response Section • The exam begins with a mandatory 15 minute reading period. Students are advised to spend most of the 15 minutes analyzing the documents and planning an answer to the document-based essay question (DBQ) in Part A. • Suggested writing time for the DBQ is 45 minutes. • Parts B and C each include two standard essay questions that, with the DBQ, cover the period from the first European explorations of the Americas to the present. Students are required to answer one essay question in each part in a total of 70 minutes. • Suggested time to be spent on each of the essay questions students choose to answer in Parts B and C is 5 minutes of planning and 30 minutes of writing.
The Exam Scores earned on the multiple-choice and free-response sections each account for one-half of the student’s examination grade. Within the free-response section, the DBQ counts for 45 percent; the two standard essays count for 55 percent.
Reading the AP • The multiple-choice section of the exam is scored by machine. • The free-response section questions are scored at the annual AP Reading by thousands of college faculty and expert AP teachers. AP readers use scoring standards developed by college and university faculty.
AP Exam Grades • The Readers’ scores on the free response questions are combined with the results of the computer-scored multiple-choice questions; the weighted raw scores are summed to give a composite score. The composite score is then converted to a grade on AP’s 5-point scale:
Credit and Placement for AP Grades • Thousands of four-year colleges grant credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam grades because these grades represent a level of achievement equivalent to that of students who have taken the corresponding college course. • The “AP Credit Policy Info” online search tool provides links to credit and placement policies at more than 1,000 colleges and universities. This tool helps students find the credit hours and/or advanced placement they may receive for qualifying grades within each subject at a specified institution. • “AP Credit Policy Info” is available at www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy
Procedures Advanced Placement United States History
Grading • Marking period grades will be based on tests, quizzes, and homework. Three to five tests will account for approximately sixty percent of the marking period grade, with quizzes and homework assignments accounting for the remainder. The Regents examination in June will count as one fifth of students’ final course average.
Homework • Homework will be assigned two to four times a week. Homework must be handed in on the given due date to be considered for credit. Late assignments may NOT be turned in for credit.
Extra Help • Extra help will be offered each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:43 pm to 3:13 pm in room 300.
Blog • Class assignments, class notes, links to primary source documents, and more can be accessed at http://mrjmoniaci.edublogs.org/
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