Corona High SchoolClasses:AP European HistoryWorld HistoryAcademic Decathlon
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“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.”
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!
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.
TEXTBOOKS & RESOURCES
• 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.
• 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.
UNITS OF STUDY
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
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