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AP US History Summer Readings and Assignments

Required Summer Assignments 2019-2020:  All due first week back in August.
  • Four required readings over the summer.  All posted below 1-4 and due Aug 13-15. Take notes and master content, big overall themes.
  • Study Guide Questions (SGQs) for chapter I due Wed, Aug 14
  • Study Guide Questions for chapter 2 due Thur, Aug 15.
  • Chapter 1-2 TEST on Friday, August 16.
1.  Required Reading American Pageant, textbook, chapters 1-2 (pp. 4-39)
2.  Required Reading The Labor Problem at Jamestown 1607-1618 and; Take notes
3. Required Reading Online Chapters 1-2: - A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn, take notes at
4.  Required Reading The Indians' New World Experience: The Catawba Experience, James H. Merrell,  Take notes.
 5.  Required Assignment. Complete Study Guide Questions (SGQs) for chaps 1 & 2.  SGQs for chapter one due August 12.  SGQs for chapter two are due on August 13. SGQs should be answered in complete topic sentences and should include examples or evidence where possible.  If you have mastered the SGQs you will excel in this class.  
TEST on Friday, August 16
OPTIONAL The following are optional and encouraged but NOT required
  • Review and think about Essential Questions posted above.  Essential questions should be regularly examined because they are the core of the class.  Essential, broad based questions are what the Document Based Question (DBQ), Long Essay Question (LEQ) and SAQs are all about and which comprise about 60% of the AP College Board test administered in May. TIP: Be aware of evidence to support viewpoints.  You will not get credit just for voicing your matter how loud. 
  • Kennedy-Cohen (KC) Packets included for every unit on Website
  • View the Disney movie Pocahontas.  WHY? Contrast idealized version presented by Disney and taught to most American children with Howard Zinn's and our textbook perspectives.  Very worthwhile when watched to contrast myth from reality.