Advanced Placement U. S. History Course Map
Keith Wood, teacher

Updated June 19, 2015

Quarter Content / Core Standards Learning Activity Assessment

1st
Quarter

Introduction to the course—course expectations and requirements.

Assigned documents, maps, cartoons, and articles.

Units 1 through 3 from American History: A Survey, chapters 1-10. This covers the history of what becomes the United States of America from discovery through the early national period (c. 1840).

Assigned outside reading.

Textbook reading skills—knowing what's important, taking effective notes on the reading.

Multiple choice test-taking skills and practice.

Making inferences from primary and secondary source documents (text, cartoons, graphs).

Begin essay writing skills applicable to both DBQ's and free response essays.

Lecture notes and participation.

Unit tests 1 through 3. Unit tests consist of:

  • Cornell notes on each chapter
  • chapter quiz (multiple choice & short answer) on each chapter
  • unit in-class essay on each unit of 3 text chapters

Beginning essay writing skills: in-class, group, and individual DBQ's

Assigned outside reading forms.

In-class extra credit drills (puzzles, games, etc.) to based on fact review.

2nd
Quarter

Text units 4-7:American History: A Survey, chapters 11-22. Roughly, the history of America 1790 to 1914.

In-class and assigned documents, maps, cartoons, and articles.

Assigned outside reading.

Making inferences from primary and secondary documents.

Continue working on succeeding with multiple choice questions.

Continue essay writing skills applicable to both DBQ's and free response essays.

Lecture notes and participation.

Unit tests 4 through 7. Unit tests involve the following:

  • Cornell notes on each chapter
  • chapter quiz (multiple choice & short answer) on each chapter
  • unit in-class essay on each unit of 3 text chapters

Essay writing skills—both DBQ and free response essays.

Assigned outside reading forms.

In-class extra credit drills (puzzles, games, etc.) to based on fact review.

3rd
Quarter

Text units 8-11:American History: A Survey, chapters 23-33. The 20th Century to about 1985.

In-class and assigned documents, maps, cartoons, and articles.

Assigned outside reading.

Making inferences from primary and secondary documents.

Continue working on succeeding with multiple choice questions.

Continue essay writing skills applicable to both DBQ's and free response essays.

DBQ writing group project.

Test preparation preview: What does the AP test actually look like?

Reviewing skills.

Lecture notes and participation.

Unit tests 8 through 11. Unit tests involve the following:

  • Cornell notes on each chapter
  • chapter quiz (multiple choice & short answer) on each chapter
  • unit in-class essay on each unit of 3 text chapters

Essay writing skills—both DBQ and free response essays.

Assigned outside reading forms.

In-class extra credit drills (puzzles, games, etc.) to based on fact review.

Assigned DBQ writing project.

4th
Quarter

Review of the entire history of the U. S. in preparation for the AP test.

Special topic research project (following the AP exam)

Lecture note-taking skills.

Reviewing skills.

DBQ & free response essay skills.

Timed multiple choice test sections.

Multiple choice review sections.

DBQ and free response essays each week.

AP U. S. History Test [this is the course final exam].

Special topics research projects