Review Assignment

AP US Review Calendar Assignment

Mon 4/11/16—due by Wed 4/13/16


With the exam being 3 weeks away on Friday, May 6th,  create a daily work schedule for how you are individually going to review for the test, outside of class time.  You have 23 days.  In that time, I would like you to schedule 25-30 hours of review, on your own (class time does not count).  You do not need to have “1 hour every day” but on average that is what you are looking at.  We have studied 9 Units (see attached page)—study by chapter.    Each Unit has “Themes” attached—overarching themes and unit themes (see attached).  You choose how you want to structure your time—this study schedule is a graded assignment.  Your completion of it/following it is entirely up to you.  However, if you complete the study calendar recording sheet indicating that you accomplished the25-30 hours AND get that initialed by your parents and turn it in by Thursday May 5th, you will receive 3 4th quarter W.O.W. awards (3% extra credit for 4th quarter).



1)      Overall plan of attack—brief paragraph that says how you are planning to study & your goal for the exam—what score are you striving to achieve (3, 4, or 5)?

  • By units?
  • By chapter?
  • By theme?
  • By study guide (e.g.—Barron’s)
  • By Sub-Headings?

2)       23 day calendar (boxes, bulleted list, planner, etc.)—this is detailed—what is happening that day

Good entry:   Thurs 4/24—2 hr review—Review Unit III timeline, brainstorm “events” & people related to that, review Ch__________ S-H, write thesis and bullet list (evid) for the “Big picture question” for Unit Outline as if writing an essay, skim notes on chapters included.

Poor entry:  4/24—2 hrs—review Unit III

  • Daily entries—what do you plan to do that day
  • Approx. time you will spend (30 minutes, 2 hrs, etc)—you do NOT have to study every day and if you miss a day or two, you can make that up.Life will get in the way, OCCASIONALLY. That is normal—don’t stress about missing small pieces but don’t fall too far behind either.


AP US 2015-2016

Assignments and test schedule


Unit 1



Unit 2

Ch. 3-4


Unit 3

Ch. 5-8


Unit 4

Ch. 9-12


Unit 5

Ch. 13-16



Unit 6

Ch. 17-20


Unit 7

Ch. 21-24


Unit 8

Ch. 25-29


Unit 9

Ch. 30-31


Study calendar recording sheet


Day  Hours  Goal Accomplished?














Day  Hours  Goal Accomplished?














Total hours studied:  ________________

Parent sign.  That did study ________________



  • Overarching Theme for course (OT):  America in the World

American history, from Columbus to present, can be seen through the lens of "Who is America in the World?"  The explorers looked for what the "New World" had to offer, the colonists were interconnected with their European societies, and the "Founding Fathers" were interested in establishing and American Identity.  The wars we have fought, explorations and inventions made, policies created, and even domestic issues we have struggled with have all been influenced by and in turn influenced decisions made around the world. 

Throughout all units, the overall theme will focus placing America in the world.  This theme thread will be woven through all units to show continuity of the development of America--even in times of "isolation", our history is not entirely insulated from global issues and interaction.

In that America in the World will be approached as the OT for the entire class, we will take time in discussion and/or written assignments to assess how America in the World has changed in a given period and since previous periods studied.

  • Unit Themes (UT)

In addition to activities/discussions around America in the World,  each unit of the course will highlight at Unit Theme.  These themes will specifically be linked to the events of that unit & vice versa.  These focus or unit themes will assist students in building a picture of the time frame, going beyond the memorization of facts in order to understand the complexities of the events/people/ideas.  There will occasionally be more than one theme that will be worked with in a given unit, giving the students the opportunity to see the information in a different light to foster analysis. 

Course Outline (Note:  Units are based on the previous version of AP US course, but follow the same pattern)

Unit I:  Colonial History

Themes: OT--America in the World--British, French, Spanish colonization & exploration interact with Native Americans.  Columbian exchange

                UT-Peopling--Who came to America & why?  Who was here?  How did the establishment of the various colonies impact later American history?

Key Topics: European contacts with Native Americans, Spanish, French and English colonization of North America, religious, economic and social diversity in the American colonies, the spread of slavery.

Big Picture Question: What major considerations led to the development of distinctive northern and southern societies in British North America during the period 1607-1692?


Unit II: American Revolutionary Era

Themes: OT--America in the World -- 7 years war, Revolutionary War, taxation w/o representation, foreign alliances, Constitution

                UT--Identity­--colonists & separation from "mother" country, salutary neglect, Patriots &    Loyalists

                UT--Environment & Geography--resources and environment impact the development of   Northern and Southern colonies differently

Key Topics: Origins of resistance, Britain’s response, decision for independence, military course of the war, peace.

Big Picture Question: What is the purpose of government and how should government be organized in order to carry out that purpose?


Unit III:  The Early Republic and the Rise of Mass Democracy

Themes:  OT--America in the World -- Napoleon & war in Europe, Louisiana Purchase, War of         1812, Monroe Doctrine, Jacksonian Democracy ("I have a feeling we are not in (Europe)   any more")

                UT--Politics & Power--Bill of Rights, Judicial Review, Strict Constructionists, Jefferson vs. Hamilton, Political Parties


Key Topics: Development and ratification of the Constitution, emergence of political parties and the Revolution of 1800, the growing power of the Supreme Court, War of 1812, Jacksonian Democracy.

Big Picture Question: How was the rise of mass democracy a continuation of the philosophical thought that created the Constitution?


Unit IV:  The Transformation of the Economy, Society, and Politics in antebellum America

Themes: OT--America in the World--Immigration from Europe, trade, slavery (when others have abolished institution), Manifest Destiny

                UT--Identity--From the Constitution to the Civil War, who were we, who did we become?  "National" literature

                UT--Work, Exchange, & Technology­--­Northern & Southern economies, industrialization, transportation & communication,

Key Topics: Slavery, Manifest Destiny, war with Mexico, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Big Picture Question: Analyze the extent to which the combined effects of the transportation revolution and the rise of industry influenced the economy and the relationships within families and communities during the antebellum period.



Unit VCrisis of the Union, Civil War and Reconstruction

Themes:  OT--America in the World--"Popular Sovereignty" as a new concept in the world, slavery continues in the "Land of the Free", European intervention threatened, war time boycotts/trade interruptions

                UT--Politics & Power--secession, Federal vs Confederacy, nullification, states' rights

                UT--Ideas, Beliefs, and Culture­--abolitionism, limiting vs. expanding slavery, black soldiers, women's rights convention

Key Topics: Causes of the Civil War (Bleeding Kansas, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harper’s Ferry, Dred Scott Case, Lincoln’s election), military strategies and foreign diplomacy, Emancipation Proclamation, Reconstruction laws and amendments, impact of reconstruction.

Big Picture Question: How was the Civil War, its causes and the Reconstruction era a seminal moment in US history?


Unit VI: Building an Industrial Society

Themes: OT--America in the World--slavery outlawed, male suffrage, tariffs, industrialization & immigration, transcontinental railroad

                UT--Work, Exchange, & Technology--labor/trade unions, industry tycoons & railroad barons

                UT--Peopling--­urbanization, immigration, frontier life, reservation system


Key Topics: Gilded Age, robber barons, rise of unions, growth of cities, nativists and immigration, black leaders, cattle drives, the West, Populists, Native Americans.

Big Picture Question: As America evolved in the late 19th century from an agrarian to urban society, in what ways was it impacted socially, economically and politically?


Unit VII: America on a World Stage and Reform at Home

Themes: OT--America in the World--"Empire" & imperialism, immigrants/foreigners in factory system in cities, "dollar diplomacy", Roosevelt Corollary, Isolationism

                UT--Environment & Geography--overseas empires, "taming" of the American West, Panama Canal

                UT--Politics & Power--Progressivism, FDA & "muckrakers"

Key Topics: Hawaii, Spanish-American War, Open Door policy, Panama Canal, TR, Progressive platform, Woodrow Wilson as Progressive.

Big Picture Question: Analyze the political, economic and social rationales for America’s emergence as a world power in the period 1870-1915.


Unit VIII: War to End Wars and the Great Depression

Themes: OT--America in the World--WWI, League of Nations, Isolationism, Great Depression

                UT--Identity--"Roaring Twenties"--flappers, prohibition, organized crime. 

                UT--Ideas, Beliefs & Culture--Creation vs. Evolution,  Role of gov't (Hoover & Roosevelt)

Key Topics: Origins of resistance, Britain’s response, decision for independence, military course of the war, peace.

Big Picture Question: How are the 1920’s and 1930’s a reflection of WWII?


Unit IV: World War II and its Aftermath, 1935-1960

Themes: OT--America in the World--WWII, Cold War, internationalism, UN

                UT--Politics & Power--civil rights movement,

                UT--Ideas, Beliefs & Culture--McCarthyism,  "Red Scare"

Key Topics: US enters WWII, the effort at home, dropping of atomic bomb and its repercussions, HUAC, civil rights movement, Eisenhower presidency.

Big Picture Question: How did the expansion of the US government during WWII alter the social, economic, and demographic makeup of American society? Which changes from the era remained and which were transient?


Unit X: Sixties, Seventies and the Resurgence of Conservatism

Themes: OT--America in the World--Space Race, Cold War continues, Cuban Missles, Vietnam,       Reagan & "Peace through strength",

                UT--Identity­--hippies/Woodstock, Conservative revolution

Key Topics: Kennedy administration and foreign policy, Vietnam, Johnson administration, Nixon administration, Watergate, the Middle East, Carter administration, energy crisis, the New Right, Reagan and the economy, end of the Cold War, from integration to diversity?

Big Picture Question: How have the changes in the American population and multiculturalism affected American society since 1960?