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Introduction to AP European History 2006-2007

Welcome to AP European History, a course which will allow you to receive your required World History credit here at NHS and possibly three (to six) credits at a future college of your choice! In case this is your first AP class, here is the run down:
  • This class is an accelerated course taught at the college level. The whole purpose of this course is to introduce you to the college academic experience in high school while also providing the opportunity for you to start college with course credit.
  • This course is usually taught as a two semester class at the college level - at the University of Delaware, for instance, this course covers material found in HIST101 and HIST102. Both those classes meet three times a week for 50 minutes and if they were taken in back to back semesters they would total about 70 classes for the year. In this course we will have nearly twice the amount of time (33 weeks, 165 days) to spend on the subject matter, allowing you to get acclimated and prepared for the national exam.
  • All AP (or Advanced Placement) classes are run by The College Board (the same lovely people behind the SATs). Each spring, all AP classes across the globe take the same standardized test for their respective class, receiving a grade for their performance. The grading scale runs from one (no recommendation) to five (highly qualified). Generally, for most colleges, a three or four on an AP test will merit the admissions department to award you with at least three credits for the corresponding course upon admission. A five, at some institutions will merit additional credits. For more information about what your “first choice” college accepts, check out their admissions website(s) on your own. The University of Delaware, for example, awards three credits for students scoring a 4 and six credits for scoring a 5.

The AP European History Exam is three hours and five minutes in length and split into two different sections:
  • Section 1 (80 Multiple Choice Questions) - 50% (55 minutes)
  • Section 2 (Free Response) - 50% (130 minutes)
    • Section A (Document Based Question) - 45% of Section 2's score
    • Sections B and C (Thematic Essays) - 55% of Section 2's score

The AP European History Exam for the 2006-2007 school year will be held on Friday, May 11th at 12 p.m. (in D101).

This class will be divided into six distinct units of roughly five weeks each. Questions dealing with the time period 1450 to 1789 (Units I and II) represent 50% of the exam while 1789 to the present (Units III thru VI) represent the remaining 50%. During each unit, students will examine Intellectual and Cultural History, Political and Diplomatic History, and Social and Economic History for the time period. Each "theme" is reflected as one third of the questions found on the AP exam.

From now until the beginning of May we will be involved in “learning” the material in each of the six units, with exams, assignments, readings, and projects. Those units are outlined on the attached sheet from the AP “Acorn” Book on AP European History. The full course information is available online at www.apcentral.com).

Course Requirements:

This is not to scare you, but this will be a very demanding course requiring a concentrated effort for the entire school year. This is NOT a class where waiting to the last minute to read, finish assignments or write papers is a viable option due to the amount of work involved. Being a standardized exam, you must be prepared for anything to appear on it. This is the reason why the READINGS are so important. Doing well on my assignments and my exams may not translate to the actual exam unless you know the information inside and out. No matter the amount of time we spend in class on content, chances are certain exam questions will cover information only found in your textbook.
  • All students taking this class are REQUIRED to take the AP Exam on May 11th. Failure to take this exam will result in a “no credit” (Z) for the class.
  • You will be provided with a textbook to use (and read) by the School District. Failure to turn in the textbook prior to the end of the school year will constitute an unmet (and could prevent you from walking at graduation).
  • Failure to turn any work in on time without a valid excuse will result in points deducted from your assignment grade for each day it is late (generally a letter grade).
  • Students are to complete a 10 page research paper on a historical person of their choosing by the end of the third marking period.
  • Additional help will be provided at the request of the student. I have planning periods on both block days, and I am available after-school until about 4:30 each day.

Course Materials:

Will Be Provided
  • A copy of The Western Heritage (Seventh Edition), known as the "Kagan"

Materials You Need to Succeed
  • A two subject notebook with college ruled paper for class notes and book notes
  • A spiral bound binder to put handouts into

Highly Recommended for Test Preparation (not required)


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