Advanced Placement United States History

Mrs. Bastien
(Room 1110)
School Phone: (860) 564-6422 ext. 1110


Course Description: Advanced Placement US History is a college-level introductory course, which covers American history from 1491 to present.  Using a chronological and thematic approach to the material, the course exposes students to extensive primary and secondary sources and to the interpretations of various historians. Class participation through discussion, debates and activities is required.  Special emphasis is placed on critical reading and essay writing to help students prepare for the AP examination.

Units: Organized by the nine historical periods outlined by the AP U.S. History curriculum framework:

Period 1: 1491-1607 (5 days)
Summative Assessment: Wed. September 2nd
Chapters 1-2

Period 2: 1607-1754 (15 days)
Summative Assessment: Thurs. September 24rd
Chapters 2-5

Period 3: 1754-1800 (18 days)
Summative Assessment: Thurs. October 22nd
Chapters 6-10

Period 4: 1800-1848 (14 days)
Summative Assessment: Fri. November 13th
Chapters 11-17

Period 5: 1844-1877 (20 days)
Summative Assessment: Tues. December 15th
Chapters 18-22

Period 6: 1865-1898 (17 days)
Summative Assessment: Thurs. January 21st (Final Exam Semester 1)
Chapters 23-26

Period 7: 1890-1945 (26 days)
Summative Assessment: Wed. March 2nd
Chapters 27-3

Period 8: 1945-1980 (24 days)
Summative Assessment: Tues. April 12th
Chapters 36-39

Period 9: 1980-Present (5 days)
Summative Assessment: Wed. April 27th
Chapters 40-42

Review: April 28th – May 5th                  Exam: Friday, May 6th 8:00am

Themes: While the course follows mainly a chronological structure the following seven themes described in the AP U.S. History Course and Exam Description are woven throughout each unit of study:

  1. Identity (ID)                                                           5.) America in the World (WOR)

  2. Work, Exchange and Technology (WXT)         6.) Environment and Geography (ENV)

  3. Peopling (PEO)                                                      7.) Ideas, Beliefs and Culture (CUL)

  4. Politics and Power (POL)


Historical Thinking Skills: These skills reflect the tasks of professional historians. While learning to master these tasks, AP U.S. History students act as “apprentice historians.”

Chronological Reasoning
  • Historical Causation
  • Patterns of Continuity and Change Over Time
  • Periodization
Comparison and Contextualization
  • Comparison
  • Contextualization
Crafting Historical Arguments from Historical Evidence
  • Historical Argumentation
  • Appropriate Use of Argumentation
Historical Interpretation and Synthesis
  • Interpretation
  • Synthesis
Grades will be calculated by point categories:
  • An assessment will be assigned points based on its complexity.
    • 50%: Tests, projects and papers (essays and DBQs)
    • 30%: Participation (classwork, homework, verbal, group, attendance)
    • 20%: Quizzes  

Highly Recommended:

  • 3 ring binder: all course materials (homework, classwork, handouts, etc.) should be kept in order to review or use for essays, projects, summative assessments, exams and ultimately AP exam.

  • Regular attendance!!!

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