• Mrs. Menter-Hartman

    Corona High School

    AP European History
    World History
    Academic Decathlon 

    email me at: lmenter@cnusd.k12.ca.us

    webpage/Discussion Board: www.wiggio.com, Account: MenterAPEuro, Password: historyrocks


    “Professor Johnston often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything.  You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree.” 

                                                                                                                                                    Michael Crichton


    Welcome to the adventure that is AP European History. If you are planning on going to college, if you love history, if you love to read, if you love music, art or literature, if you love diverse cultures & languages, if you love to critically analyze, evaluate & challenge ideas, norms, & traditions, if you want to learn more about the world around you, & in the process, learn more about yourself, then this class is for you!


    Course Expectations:


    This course places attention upon understandings equivalent to those gained in a college-level course.  Emphasis is on the general narrative of European history from the 14th century to the recent past.  The study also includes an examination of the political and diplomatic, intellectual and cultural, and social and economic history of Europe.


    Students will evaluate, describe, and analyze themes in modern European history.  In addition to the mastery of content, students will focus upon study and research skills, critical reading of primary and secondary sources, making historical analogies, constructing and evaluating historical interpretations, empathizing with the past, and using historical knowledge.  Students will demonstrate their acquired knowledge through a variety of means including, but not limited to, a minimum of 4 Document-Based Questions & 4 Analytical & Interpretive Thematic Essays.


    This course requires a large amount of reading, analysis and discussion that will lead to a greater appreciation and understanding of European history and life.  Additionally, the development and application of higher level writing skills is extremely important.  Reading, activities, and daily class preparation for discussion and assessment will demand strong commitment, a positive work ethic, and daily homework; this is essential for success.  Through this hard work you will increase your chances of passing the AP Test in May, earning 8 university elective units, saving you & your family over $2,000.


    Course Materials:






                    • Kagan, Donald, Steven Ozment, and Frank M. Turner. The Western Heritage. 9th ed. Upper                           Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2007.

                    • Supplementary Secondary & Primary Sources will be supplied by the instructor.


    Recommended Resources:               


                    • AP Achiever: Advanced Placement Exam Prep Guide for European History (McGraw-Hill)

                    • Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_eurohist.html?eurohist or                                          http://www.prenhall.com/kagan/ for additional resources




    Required:              ● A separate 3 ring binder

                                    ● A spiral notebook for taking notes

                                    ● Two 3 hole punched folders to organize notes, handouts & homework

                                    ● pens & pencils


    Recommended:   Computer with Internet Access


    Course Assessments & Outlines:




    A minimum of 4 Document-Based Questions                               A minimum of 4 Free Response Questions

    Mid-term & Final Exams (simulating AP Exam)                          Daily Reading Reviews

    Chapter Term & Content Quizzes (multiple choice)                     Unit Notebook Checks

    Group Investigation & Presentations                                               Debates

    Socratic Seminars                                                                                Primary Document Activities

    Teacher/Guest Lectures                                                                     Historical Scholarship Analysis

    Current Event Connections                                                               Summer Reading

    Map & Graphing Activities                                                                Daily discussions




    Totals:                                                                                                                   Grading Scale:


    Tests/DBQs/FRQs                                               50%                                        90% - 100%   =    A            

    Homework/Terms & Reading Quizzes            25%                                        80% - 89%     =     B

    Various In-class Activities                                 25%                                        70% - 79%     =     C

                                                                                    100%                                     60% - 69%     =     D


    Note:      ● Tests are graded on a curve.

    ● Extra Credit will be given for curriculum related activities independently completed outside of   

       regular class time such as study groups, after school reviews, movie nights, independent “field  

       trips”, community service, club/athletic/performing arts participation or reading approved books.




    Semester I:


    Unit I:    The Rise of Modern Europe: Renaissance & Reformation

    Unit II:  The Rise of the State: Religious Wars, Constitutionalism & Absolutism

    Unit III:                 The Age of Reason: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment

    Unit IV: The Impact of the Enlightenment: The Old Regime, The French Revolution, Napoleon, Reaction

    Unit V:   The Age of Revolutions: Romanticism, Conservatism V. Liberalism & the Industrial Revolution


    Semester II:


    Unit VI:  La Belle Époque: Nationalism, Social & Political Change, & Imperialism

    Unit VII:  The World at War: WWI & The Russian Revolution

    Unit VIII:  The Rise of Totalitarianism: Effects of WWI & the Rise of Fascism

    Unit IX:  WWII: Total World War & the Holocaust

    Unit X:  1945 – Present: The Cold War & New Europe

    Unit XI: Post AP Exam Activities: Current World Issues