New History Rubrics for 2017-2018:
Historical Reasoning Skills:
HIPPO/HIPPY Bell-Ringers 2017/2018:

APUSH 2018 Test - May 11 (8 AM) In stone!
Our Test Dates:
Time Period 1 - 5% - August 22, 2017
Time Period 2 - 10% - September 8 (LEQ or DBQ), & 12 (M/C 7 SAQ)
Time Period 3 - 12% - October 2 (LEQ or DBQ), & 10th (M/C & SAQ)
Time Period 4 - 10% - October 27 (LEQ or DBQ) & 31 (M/C & SAQ)
Time Period 5 - 13% - November 15 (SAQs), 21 (LEQ or DBQ), 30th (M/C)
Time Period 6 - 13% - December 8 (SAQs), 18 (LEQ of DBQ), January 10, 2018 (M/C)
Time Period 7 -17% January 19 DBQ, February 5 (SAQs), 13 (LEQ), 15 (M/C)
Time Period 8 - 15% - March 8 (DBQ), 14 (LEQ), April 2 (M/C & SAQ)
Time Period 9 - 5% - April 12 (M/C)

Gilder Lehrman Assistance

2017 AP Exam Schedule (Click 2017)

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Photograph: K. Sacerdote

Essay Vocabulary:

Cartoon Analysis Sheet:

BAGPIPES ('Gets you out of that social, political, and economic [stagnant phrase] world'):
  • Causation
  • Patterns of Continuity and Change over Time
  • Periodization
  • Comparison
  • Contextualization
  • Historical Argumentation
  • Use of Relevant Historical Evidence
  • Interpretation
  • Synthesis

Historical thinking skills in bold are skills that will specifically be addressed in the long essay and document based question

Historical Themes: When studying history throughout the course of the year, you should be examining how these themes change over time, why these themes change over time, and the effect they have on American history and society. (Think BAGPIPE)
  • Belief Systems
  • America in the World
  • Geography and Environment
  • Politics and Power
  • Identity (what it means to be an "American," race, gender, etc.)
  • Peopling (Movement and Migration)
  • Economy (work, exchange, trade, and technology)

The First Nine Week Period (2017-2018)

Overarching question for the course:
"How and why have freedoms expanded (or contracted) over time?"

What we are in for:



  • Practice Pieces (Choose APUSH Redesign)

August 14 (A)

  • Opening day administration
    • Syllabus
    • Look ahead to time Period 1 (1491-1607) which makes up 5% of the test on May 11, 2018
      • approximately 78 days of instruction and assessment that will leave 4 or 5 days for in-class review. Attendance is key.
    • Mandatory guided readings are always due on the day we assess with multiple-choice. Guided readings are the take home portion of the test, every part of each one must be completed in full. Each chapter guided reading will be worth 15 points. Refer to the link on the right labeled "Requirements" for further details.
    • Close with one paragraph in notebook: Discuss your first day of school thus far.
    • Reread Chapter one in the AMSCO review book
    • Test One, thus guided reading for Chapter one will be due, will be on August 22
      • REMINDER: Guided readings can be found on the "Requirements" link to the right. They must be printed, hand-written, and turned in at the beginning of the period for each appropriate Multiple Choice assessment day. NOTE: After Time Period One, each time period will consist of two or more chapters, thus time management will be key. If all mandatory assignments are not in on time a student may not submit any optional assignments which can help their academic average.

AMSCO: Period 1: 1491 - 1607 Read and begin completing the mandatory guided readings pp. 1-13

We will also be reading from the following:

August 16


HIPPO/HIPPY Bell-Ringers 2017/2018:

TP#1: 1491-1607

  • HIPPY of the Day:
    • "Concerning the treatment of Native American workers:When they were allowed to go home, they often found it deserted and had no other recourse than to go out into the woods to find food and to die. When they fell ill, which was very frequently because they are a delicate people unaccustomed to such work, the Spaniards did not believe them and pitilessly called them lazy dogs, and kicked and beat them; and when illness was apparent they sent them home as useless, giving them some cassava for the twenty-to eighty¬≠ league journey. They would go then, falling into the first stream and dying there in desperation; others would hold on longer, but very few ever made it home. I sometimes came upon dead bodies on my way, and upon others who were gasping and moaning in their death agony, repeating 'Hungry, hungry."'-

Source: Bartolome de Las Casas, priest and social reformer,In Defense of the Indian, c. 1550

Gilder-Lehrman TP 1 Overview:


HIPPY/HIPPO Readings: TP 1 De Las Casas v. Pope Paul III (See above: TP #1)

AMSCO: Period 1: 1491 - 1607 Read and begin completing the mandatory guided readings pp. 14- 27

August 18

Site of the week

Bell Ringer #8:

SAQ- What is it? How do we Tackle it?

SAQ Answer Sheet:

Amsco Ch. 1:

TP#1: 1491-1607

HIPPY/HIPPO Readings: TP 1 Periodization, Afonso I, Cartier, and Smith (See above TP#1)

AMSCO: Period 1: 1491 - 1607 Read and begin completing the mandatory guided readings pp. 28-38. As we move into future time periods each one will be made up more than one chapter. Each respective time period will require a mandatory guided reading for each one of the chapters that are included as your take-home portion of the test.

August 22

  • Test on Time Period 1

Note Time Period 2 in the Amsco includes Chapters 2 & 3

TP#2: 1607-1754

August 24

  • Introduction to Time Period 2 - 1607-1754 (10%)