AP US History

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FORMAT OF THE AP U.S. HISTORY EXAM

 

Each AP U.S. History Examination is three hours and ten minutes in length and has both a multiple choice and a free-response section.

·         Fifty-five minutes are allotted for Part I, the multiple-choice section, which contains 80 questions and accounts for 50 percent of the composite score.

·         Part II, the free-response section, consists of a required 15-minute reading period, a required document-based question for which 45 minutes are recommended, and an essay section in which students select one question from each of two groups of questions.

·         Thirty-five minutes are allotted for each of the essays. The DBQ and the essays account for 50 percent of the composite score.

 

US HISTORY PRACTICE EXAMS

 

http://college.hmco.com/history/us/bailey/american_pageant/11e/students/ace/index.html

These are practice exams linked to The American Pageant text (Bailey) that you will find helpful in preparing for unit multiple choice tests as well as the AP exam itself.


http://www.historyteacher.net/USQuizMainPage.htm

Good practice tests for US history by Historic Era
 

http://staff.harrisonburg.k12.va.us/~cwalton/USHistory.htm

A general multiple choice practice test of 297 questions.    Not organized by historic era however.

 

http://www.course-notes.org/US_History/Practice_Quizzes/

Very detailed practice exams by historic era.

 

 KEY WEB SITES FOR AP US HISTORY/MR. MILLER:

(Study aides and resources to help you prepare for the AP exam)

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com

This is the starting place for A.P. teachers. It contains advice, lesson plans, reviews, news, the online store, and exam questions with responses since 1999.

http://www.historyteacher.net/AHAP/AHAPCourseMainPage.htm

An excellent student resource with countless quiz questions, thousands of document links, sample DBQs, and test reviews.

http://www.historysage.com/ushistory.phtml

A site with study guides, links to documents and other APUSH web sites, and a detailed set of lecture notes (available for a fee).

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/

An excellent website for history teachers with links to primary sources, interactive activities, online articles, teaching suggestions, etc. Highly recommended.

http://www.historynow.org/

An exciting, new online quarterly journal for history teachers from the Gilder Lehrman History Institute. It contains lesson plans, activities, and primary sources.

http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/index.html

This is a series of lectures and power point slides produced by a community college instructor on various AP US topics.  

 

ORGANIZATIONS:

Social Studies School Services (SSSS)—They publish the “big orange catalog” for social studies as well as specialized catalogs for A.P. U.S. History and other subjects. This is the first place to check for social studies materials. 1-800-944-5432 http://www.socialstudies.com

American Scholastic Associates—This organization publishes DBQs, a teacher’s syllabus, test bank, and other A.P. products. 1-801-444-0515 email: jbasa@xmission.com

BOOKS & INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS:

 Advanced Placement American History I, II  http://www.centerforlearning.org  This two volume set of student activities and reproducible handouts is one of the most popular AP US resources available. Every AP US history teacher should own these.

 Advanced Placement United States History Teacher’s Manual (Duke University TIP Program)

http://www.tip.duke.edu  This is a very large notebook filled with handouts, sample syllabi, charts and instructional strategies. An excellent, detailed resource for newer teachers.

 Doing the DBQ (College Board)  Includes every DBQ from 1973-1994 with analysis and rubrics but not sample student responses. This is must have for any A.P. U.S. teacher.

 The AP Vertical Teams Guide For Social Studies (College Board) An excellent 216 page manual of AP and Pre-AP strategies for teaching primary source documents, effective textbook reading, and essay writing. Can be used by individual teachers or social studies vertical teams.

 AP US History Examination Questions, 4th Edition (Proctor) http://www.dsmarketing.com

Contains 12 chapters of 25 multiple choice questions and two full sample tests. Answers are contained in a separate key. Great review tool prior to the AP exam. Must be ordered in class sets.

AP Innovations: Using Simulations in the AP United States History Classroom. (College Board)

A video demonstrating teaching techniques and using game simulations in an AP US history class.

 APAdvantage: Threads of History, A Thematic Approach to Teaching American History & APAdvantage: US History Skillbook with Writing Instruction and Practice (Michael Henry)

The first book combines a brief review of US History with a series of essay building writing exercises while the second book examines how to teach an APUSH course using a thematic approach. 

 American History Jeopardy (Churchill; J. Weston Welch) ISBN 0-8251-2879-X 

A fun set of Jeopardy! questions to use for student review before a test or final exam.

 Teaching By Prompt (Michael Pazeian; American Scholastic Associates) A 67 page workbook of how to use prompts and seminars to teach an A.P. U.S. History class.

 A Passion For The Past: Creative Teaching of U.S. History (James Percoco) ISBN 0-325-00061-1 

An excellent guide to help make history come alive for students written by an AP teacher.

Advanced Placement US History: A Practical Guide for Teachers, 2nd Edition (SSSS)

An older, but still valuable of set of blackline masters. Mostly project ideas and review activities.

Hooked on American History: 101 Crosswords (Thompson) ISBN 0-87628-402-0  A fun review activity for students. These crosswords are challenging and appropriate for A.P. students.

 

DBQ INFORMATION

Beginning with the 2003 exam, ETS will no longer announce the time period for the DBQ.

SOME RECENT DBQ TOPICS

2005: The American Revolution and Changes to American Society

2004: The French and Indian War Alters the Relationship Between Britain and her American Colonies

2003:  Responses of President Roosevelt to the Great Depression

2002: Reform Movements, 1825-1850
2001: The Cold War and the Eisenhower Administration

2000: Organized Labor from 1875-1900

1999:  Colonial America on the Eve of the Revolution

1998: Jeffersonian Republicans and Federalists with Respect to the Constitution

1997: American Women, 1890-1925

1996: Constitutional and Social Developments, 1860-1877

1995: Civil Rights Movement, 1960s

1994: U.S. Expansionism

1993: New England and Chesapeake Colonies Compared

1992: The Effects of the Environment on Western Development from the 1840s through the 1890s

 

JFK Links

 http://www.virtualvisitor.com/dealey/dealey.html 

3D view of Dealey Plaza (Quicktime required, click here to install)

 http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm

http://jfkassassination.net/

http://www.jfk-online.com/

http://history-matters.com/jfkmurder.htm

 

Iraq / Middle East Links

 http://hnn.us/articles/1032.html

https://www.state.gov/p/nea/ci/iz/


Other Links

 http://www.archives.gov/

The National Archives

 

http://tigger.uic.edu/~rjensen/pol-gl.htm

This site contains a number of links to primary source materials.  Clearly organized by historical era.

 

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/

Excellent site containing primary source speeches as they were originally broadcast


"More Current Issues"


"great list of history topics"

 

http://www.questia.com/popularSearches/controversial_topics.jsp

"more controversial topics"

 

http://www.questia.com/popularSearches/religion_topics.jsp

"world religion topics”

 

http://www.questia.com/popularSearches/health_topics.jsp

"health topics"


http://www.multcolib.org/homework/sochc.html



Primary Source Materials & Document Based Questions

 

http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/ 

USA: Index to source material (excellent selection of primary source documents)

 

http://www.teacheroz.com/20thcent.htm

20th Century America (20th Century history topics)

 

http://www.ibiscom.com/

EyeWitness - History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It

 

http://www.historymentor.com/ #EARLY 

A good site for US history stuff from 1775-1820

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/amex/presidents/indexjs.html

American Experience: The Presidents 

 

http://www.bartleby.com/124/index.html/

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents


 

http://www.webcorp.com/sounds/

Historic Audio Files

 

 

http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/

War Maps

http://java.nationalgeographic.com/maps/civilwar/

Interactive Civil War Maps

 

 

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