The Advanced Placement U.S. History class for which you are registered in September is an intensive and extensive journey into the history of the United States from the era of exploration to the present.

The goal of this class is twofold:

1) to prepare you for the challenging Advanced Placement Examination in May while offering you an opportunity to view the history of the United States based on the traditional and revisionist views offered by scholars of American history, and,

2) to prepare you for the New York State Regents Examination in June.

To these ends it will be imperative that you do summer reading for this course in order to derive the fullest benefits in the Advanced Placement American History course. The readings provide a valuable enrichment and enhancement of the A.P. experience

Each year there is a document based question on a specific period. The period could be from any time frame and it is necessary to acquaint yourself with different historical styles. Therefore, you will be required to read one book on any two of the topics below for a total of TWO books – one from each grouping. You may choose any book from the United States history section at the public library. ( 973.3 Dewey decimal system)

Group I
I. The period leading up to and including the American Revolution (1492 to 1783) II. Sectionalism ( pre-Civil War period 1800 to 1860)

Group II
III. Progressive/ Populist Era (late 1800s-early 1900s)
IV. World War I or World War II ( 1914 to 1945)

You are required to submit a TWO page paper analyzing each book that you have read. This is not simply a book report. Your analysis should focus on the significance of the book and the value ( or lack of value) you perceived in reading each of the books.

[The papers must be typewritten, one inch margins, double spaced, and either 12 or 14 pt. in a business font.]



  1.  A 5 subject notebook in which to outline the textbook chapters and take class notes. [Begin your outlines at the back of the book and work your way forward. Class notes will begin at the front of the book and proceed to the back.]
  2. a 200 hundred sheet marble notebook in which to do the daily “Today in History.”
  3. three (3) blue or black pens,
  4. three (3) pencils,
  5. A yellow highlighter,
  6. Two (2) pocket folders for presidential profiles, reports and hand outs, etc.
  7. A review book which you may purchase at a reduced rate from a member of the current AP class or on orientation day in September from the bookstore,
  8. An AP review book to be used during the third quarter [you may choose the Princeton Review, Barron’s or any of the current ones available at large bookstores such as Barnes and Noble or

Borders. You should also try to purchase that from one of the students in the current AP class.)

  1. You will outline the textbook as you read the daily assignment. You will be assigned one-third of a chapter daily from Monday through Friday. At this pace you will complete one and two-thirds chapters weekly.
  2. There will be topics assigned during the year for which you will be graded. These consist of one page papers on which you will report to the class. A second paper of two pages in length will be written about the reports you heard. These are your opinions based on the facts reported.
  1. The class will participate in group projects, several involving research on the internet.
  2. You will take notes on class lectures.
  3. Exams will be based on the textbook, review book and class lectures.
  4. There will be extra class sessions during the year, either in the morning before the regular day begins, or after school. These will be decided on at the convenience of the majority.
  5. You will begin the chapter outlines during the summer by completing the first six chapters. There will also be two papers due the first two weeks of school and it is advisable that these, too, be completed over the summer. Each will consist of a one page report on an assigned topic in the colonial period of the United States.

(It is advisable that you speak with a student currently in the AP class to get a feeling for what you may expect from this class and what is expected of you.