AP U. S. History Extra Work Options
Updated December 7, 2017

Extra work should not be your priority; doing consistent quality work on the assignments during the quarter should be your priority. The purpose of these projects is to provide enough points for a student to raise a grade from a B to a B+ or from an A- to an A—no more. The following projects are ranked by the maximum points the project is worth. All project should be well planned, well finished, and turned in on time. When planning a project, please keep the following in mind:

  1. You cannot do extra work unless and until all of the assigned work of the quarter is complete.
  2. You cannot do extra work if you have lost all of your citizenship points in any quarter.
  3. You are limited to 100 points per quarter. Please only hand in 100 points worth of extra work!
  4. Points earned in any quarter in excess of the 100 permitted may not be carried over to the next quarter.

All projects must be handed in no later than the beginning of your history class period on the date indicated on the term calendar. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.


Project Instruction Links

NOTE: All of these projects should be taken from the historical time periods which we have already studied during the year. The intent is to broaden and deepen your exposure to other versions and perspectives of the history we are currently studying.


Outside Reading

  1. You may only do one additional reading each quarter.
  2. You may read an extra 30 to 50 pages from the book that you read for your required outside reading.
  3. You may write this up on the same outside reading form that you use for your assigned outside reading. Please be careful to indicate on the form that this is an "extra" reading that should count for extra work.


Concept Cube

  1. You may do two of these each quarter.
  2. You may work individually or with one partner. Please let me know what you plan to do and who is in the group before you begin.
  3. If this is done in a group and all members participate, all members of the group will receive the same number of points.


Power Point

  1. You may do one of these each quarter.
  2. You may choose an American historical event or an American person from history that we have covered to this point and put together a Power Point presentation. You should try to avoid the big, obvious choices—George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, World War 2, etc. Try to find significant people and events that are not generally known—Ida B. Wells, Wilma Mankiller, Benjamin Banneker, for instance.
  3. You may work individually or with one partner. Please let me know what you plan to do and who is in the group before you begin.
  4. Your presentation should consist of approximately 15 slides and should include accurate and interesting graphics and information. You may include music or film clips if you choose.
  5. You can email the presentations to kwood@murrayschools.org