Kevin Sacerdote, M.Ed.

Advanced Placement United States History

2017-2018 AP History Changes

Course Syllabus 2017-2018: Revised 07/4/2017
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Course Overview: The overview for this course as found in the AP US History Course Description.

Course Objectives: Advanced Placement U.S. History Alignment with Florida's Next Core Generation standards.

The historical thinking skills provide opportunities for students to learn to think like historians, most notably to analyze evidence about the past and to create persuasive historical arguments. Focusing on these practices enables teachers to create learning opportunities for students that emphasize the conceptual and interpretive nature of history. Skill types and examples for each are listed below.

I. Chronological Reasoning
• Compare causes and/or effects, including between short-term and long-term effects
• Analyze and evaluate historical patterns of continuity and change over time
• Connect patterns of continuity and change over time to larger historical processes or themes
• Analyze and evaluate competing models of periodization of American history

II. Comparison and Contextualization
• Compare related historical developments and processes across place, time, and/or different societies, or within one society
• Explain and evaluate multiple and differing perspectives on a given historical phenomenon
• Explain and evaluate ways in which specific historical phenomena, events, or processes connect to broader regional, national, or global processes occurring at the same time

III. Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
• Analyze commonly accepted historical arguments and explain how an argument has been constructed from historical evidence
• Construct convincing interpretations through analysis of disparate, relevant historical evidence • Evaluate and synthesize conflicting historical evidence to construct persuasive historical arguments
• Analyze features of historical evidence such as audience, purpose, point of view, format, argument, limitations, and context germane to the evidence considered
• Based on analysis and evaluation of historical evidence, make supportable inferences and draw appropriate conclusions IV. Historical Interpretation and Synthesis
• Analyze diverse historical interpretations
• Evaluate how historians’ perspectives influence their interpretations and how models of historical interpretation change over time
• Draw appropriately on ideas and methods from different fields of inquiry or disciplines
• Apply insights about the past to other historical contexts or circumstances, including the present

Course Content:
The AP U.S. History course is structured around themes and concepts in nine different chronological periods from approximately 1491 to the present with % of the course and test dates for 2017-2018

Time Periods, Course % and 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)

Within each period, key concepts organize and prioritize historical developments. Themes allow students to make connections and identify patterns and trends over time.

Format Assessment:
Section I Part A: Multiple Choice | 55 Questions | 55 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score • Questions appear in sets of 2–5.
• Students analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
• Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.

Section I Part B: Short Answer | 3 Questions | 40 Minutes | 20% of Exam Score
• Questions provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know best.
• Some questions include texts, images, graphs, or maps.

Section II Part A: Document Based | 1 Question | 60 Minutes | 25% of Exam Score
• Analyze and synthesize historical data.
• Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.

Section II Part B: Long Essay | 1 Question | 40 Minutes | 15% of Exam Score
• Students select one question among two.
• Explain and analyze significant issues in U.S. history.
• Develop an argument supported by an analysis of historical evidence.


"In general, the AP composite score points are set so that the lowest raw score needed to earn an AP Exam score of 5 is equivalent to the average score among college students earning grades of A in the college course. Similarly, AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to college grades of A-, B+, and B. AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to college grades of B-, C+, and C." (Source: The College Board's AP United States History Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2017, Page 3).

The following is courtesy of Ms. Cynthia Dela of Bishop Montgomery High School:

Starting in May of 2015, the AP US History Exam introduced a new format. The test will be 3 hours and 15 minutes long and will include a 105-minute multiple choice/short answer section and a 90 minute free response section. Each section is divided into two parts.
Section I:
  • Part A: Multiple Choice (55 questions; 55 Minutes; 40% of total exam score)
  • Part B: Short-answer questions (4 questions; 50 minutes; 20% of total exam score)
Section II:
  • Part A: Document-based question (1 question; 55 minutes; 25% of total exam score)
  • Part B: Long essay question (1 question (chosen from a pair); 35 minutes; 15% of total exam score)
The new AP Exam is also described in the College Board's publication linked below (it is a large PDF file)

- AP US History Course and Exam Description

Additional review links include audio podcasts and videos from various sources
**Lecture Point - US History** (by the publisher of your textbook)
**Hippocampus** (free, online videos on a variety of history topics)
Crash Course (youtube videos that review American history)
Adam Norris (youtube videos gears specifically for APUSH review by an APUSH teacher)

You may find the AP THEME AND CONCEPT CORRELATION document below helpful throughout the school year to connect the various parts of your textbook to the framework outline that you have been given. Check it out!

Attached below are a variety of additional review materials that may help you to study for the AP US History Exam (and your final exams as well). Some are materials I have created, others were obtained from other APUSH teachers. Not all will be useful for all students and some are quite large. Preview them before printing to see if the style/presentation of information will work for you. Most are PDF files that can be viewed on any computer. A few are Word documents.

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