complete sentences and cite people, places and events if you want full points for your test grade.
Sadly, you can't share the assignment with your little brother or sister, no matter how much fun it is.
It's all yours. So research your answers and claim your 100%. Remember, I'll ask a few questions when
you turn it in, so know it!
2) To better understand the importance of the spending time together with family over the holidays,
enjoy this 2 minute video.
Due for Tuesday 11/20 Sectionalism, Reforms, and Expansion Test
1) Read this short reading from the Blue Book study guide. It covers the minimum information you'll
need for the test today. Then fill out this study guide which is due today. It will save you a lot of worry
about what's on the test.
Due for Friday 11/16 Sectionalism, Reforms, Expansion
1) Watch the following teacher lecture about the Reforms Period. Then write down 5 important points he
made about reforms during the Second Great Awakening. And NO, I will not switch jobs with him
just so you can have a better teacher.
2) Watch the following 9 min Gilder Lehrman Video on this Period. It's the site recommended by the
College Board which means they think this is the best place to review for the AP exam. So take a sec
and check out its features, starting with the short video.
3) After you watch the above video, go to the timeline feature right below. Look up each of the following
events and write a short summary of each:
1808- Congress Ends Slave Trade 1812- War of 1812
1813 - Waltham-Lowell Factory System 1820- Missouri Compromise
1823 Austin leads settlers to Texas 1824 - The Election of 1824
1824 - The Monroe Doctrine 1825- The Second Great Awakening
Due for Wednesday 11/14 -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
1) Watch this short Crash Course video about USA's Expansion and complete these questions.
3) Finish the chart and color in the map on the attached handout. Check out this website showing the
geographical additions. You MUST be able to identify the new territory added to the US and know
how each was acquired. We will begin class with a quiz on the territorial additions!
Due for Friday 11/9 -Early Nationalism, Expansion and Reform
1) The 1820-1860 period was known for a series of major social reforms. Fill out the Reform Chart,
adding details for each movement. You may read this resource, your textbook, or other sources.
2) Watch this video on the Reform Movements and answer these questions.
Due for Wednesday 11/7 Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
1) Finish sections 3 & 4 & 5 of the AMSCO chapter 8 Study Guide.
3) To achieve a cool prize, make your predictions for the following 2018 Midterm races. If you are like most
budding political analysts, you will have to look at the map projections of polling experts like Nate Silver or
CNN Political Center. (There are more resource links in the document). Take your time and research your
predictions which are due tonight, Monday 11/5!!!! Mrs. Sears, Mr. Lawler and Mr. Whitehead will all pick
against you. Beat them... It's not hard if you just use the maps on the websites and common sense!
Due for Monday 11/5 -Critical Period Test
1) Continue Reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development). Start
working on the Ch. 8 Study Guide and complete sections 1 & 2 for today.
2) If you want to get ahead, do sections 3 & 4 & 5 (due Wednesday).
Due for Thursday 11/1-- Going to See a Play about American History (1776)
1) Enjoy the play. Start Reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide and begin work on the Chapter 8 Study
Guide. Do not wait until next week and show up stressed out because of poor time management.
As Ben Franklin said in Poor Richard's Almanac: "Lost Time is never found again.”
5) If you wish to gain an advantage for the coming test next class (Thursday) watch the following
video about the War of 1812. Note it is split into 10 parts totaling a little over an hour. Then answer
the following questions for significant extra credit. They are longer than the first questions but carry
far more weight. E-mail me your answers before 4 pm on Wednesday, (Halloween). It will be well
worth your time, if you want help with your grade at the 11th hour.
Due for Monday 10/29-- Early National Period and War of 1812
1) We will move the test scheduled for today to Next Monday to accomodate the 1776 play. to get ready,
add the following handouts to your notebooks:
Early Nation AP Timeline War of 1812
2) READ THIS SHORT EXCERPT from a new guidebook... its short and will definitely help w/ the
test. Seriously, its the magic bean Jack was looking for all those years on the beanstalk test. Imagine
what it could do for you. (You'll thank me later, which is weird because most students hate more
reading. Just saying...)
3) Read and complete the War of 1812 handout. I am worried some of you have not read
the AMSCO text chapters 6-7. That would be a BAD idea as the test on the Critical Period thru 1816 is
on Monday, 11/5.
4) Watch Crash Course #11 War of 1812 and complete the following questions.
5) If you wish to gain an advantage for the coming test next class (Thursday) watch the following
video about the War of 1812. Note it is split into 10 parts totaling a little over an hour. Then answer
the following questions for significant extra credit. E-mail me your answers before 4 pm on
Wednesday, (Halloween). It will be well worth your time, I promise.
Due for Thursday 10/25-- Jeffersonian Democracy and the War of 1812
1) Complete reading AMSCO Chap 7. Complete the Pictionary/definitions and make sure you know the
vocabulary. If you feel you don't know the material, seriously, read the text! If you want an A for the
semester, the textbook is the BEST method. It's also the only method. Everything else ends in a "B".
2) If you were interested in applying for a summer employment position or CPCC classes this spring or
next fall, please contact Mrs. O'Boyle at the following link. Please finish the short 1/2 page essay
before Friday and get it to Mrs. O'Boyle. Several students have completed it in class while they
waited so do not put it off.
Due for Tuesday 10/23 --The Birth of American Politics
1) Using chapter 7 in AMSCO, work on the following Pictionary/definitions for the early national period.
Take some time to create drawings which shows you ACTUALLY know the content! The Pictionary is
due on Thursday 10/25.
2) Watch this video about the 1st five Presidents. We already watched Washington so start at the 15 min
mark and answer the questions for the 2nd-5th Presidents. Finish the 3 Reflection questions at the end.
3) If you need motivation to study, watch this former student who was feeling it in class. Its 100% NWSA!
Due on Friday, 10/19 The Critical Period
1) Begin reading chapter 7 in your AMSCO Guide. It covers the Age of Jefferson and includes his friend
James Madison's two terms in the White House. To celebrate Jefferson's arch-rival (Hamilton), watch
this funny commercial about Aaron Burr.
2) If you have time, enjoy a funny video, possibly filmed while Madison and Jefferson attended college
together in an alternate historical universe.
3) Turn in the completed Blue Book Study Guide assigned earlier this week.
Due on Wednesday, 10/17 The Critical Period
1) In between Chapters 6 and 7, read this easy to understand review guide and begin work on the
following questions. The questions are straightforward and answers should come to you quickly.
The guide is due on Friday, 10/19.
2) Enjoy this music video to find out what happened to the French queen- very sad. It was written and
directed by French History teachers. The brutality of Queen Marie Antoinette's treatment led many
Federalists to turn away from the French Revolution. Anyone else find this song strangely memorable?
Due on Monday, 10/15 The Critical Period
1) Complete all parts of the Ch. 6 Study Guide and any outstanding work. Time to move onto Chapter 7.
Due for Thursday 10/11 The Critical Period
1) Continue to read Chapter 6 in the AMSCO Guide and work on the Ch.6 study guide.
It's important to complete these without cutting corners so take the time to do them the right way. It will be
due on Monday.
2) The early battle between Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans over the power of the new
nat'l government was a battle of visions for the United States. Read Ch. 7 (pgs 214-230) & these two
documents comparing Alexander Hamilton & Thomas Jefferson.
3) Then fill out the chart comparing Federalists to Dem-Republicans. I am sorry the link was not working at first
and will complete in class with you.
4) Continue reading the Chapter 6 in the AMSCO guide and finish Section 2 parts 1-3 of the guide.
5) Watch the following review video about the 1754 to 1800 Period. It is from the Gilder Lehrman site, one
of the best resources for studying APUSH. Their videos are short but focus on the type of questions you
will see on the exam. When finished watching it, click through the timeline feature linked below the video,
paying close attention to the terms that show up on our Early Nation Class Notes timeline. This is a valuable
resource and you should spend some time familiarizing yourself with it.
Due for Friday 10/5 Critical Period
1) We will start using the AMSCO Study Guide with this chapter. Read Chapter 6 of your AMSCO guide
and begin work on the Chap. 6 Study Guide. Section 1 of the Study Guide will be due today.
2) Watch this college professor teach a short 20 minute class on the New System of Government. Then
answer these questions! She is considered to be one of the best experts on this era. Who knew some of
the smartest professors in the country could also be women? Ironically, not the colonists who made it
impossible for women to attend college during the colonial period. Watch her lesson and decide if the
colonists were right.
3) Extra Credit Opportunity: Watch these 3 short teacher videos #1 #2 #3 for insight into
the Critical Period. (AOC-Constitution) I wish we had time to discuss everything in class but these
will help! Bring in detailed notes you made from each video proving you carefully watched them.
I will add up to a 2% test bonus for one video, a 5% Bonus for 2 videos and a 10% Bonus for all 3 to last
Monday's test score if you turn in high quality notes for 1-2-or 3 video notes.
This is optional but strongly advised. I think a lot of this guy, even if his Oregon hat isn't as cool as mine.
Due for Wednesday 10/3 Colonial Era to American Revolution
1) Study for the Test. Have your notebook ready. Bring your balloon with your answers written on it.
2) Don't forget you may visit anytime between 8:00 am and 9:00 am if you want to look at sample test questions.
I cannot guaranttee a question will be on the test but it gives you an opportunity to look at the type of questions
you may see. This is totally optional and no phones or cameras will be permitted.
Due for Monday, 10/1 Baby USA and the "Critical Period"
1) We are moving the Test to Wednesday. Don't forget your 3 Ring notebook with the required notes.
2) Don't forget your balloon, assuming you want to use one I am not responsible for broken dreams in the
form of a popped balloon.
3) Make sure you have your copy of the AMSCO guide. We will try using it for the next section. Please tell
me if you have had difficulty obtaining a copy for ANY reason. Any version is fine.
4) There is a Rho Kappa History Honor Society Meeting on Tuesday 10/2 in the Library. All forms are due
before this date and students should pay their $25 annual dues online at the school site.
Due for Thursday 9/27 The American Revolution
1) The test for the periods between the Late Colonial Period through the American Revolution is moved to
Monday. It will be the final change to account for the hurricane days. The test will cover the following topics:
2) You may bring in a standard sized balloon with anything you want written on it to be used during
your test. I recommend using a sharpie. Balloons will be given out on Friday. If you decide to pop
the balloons of people you don't like on test day, make sure to act surprised and have it look like an accident.)
All kidding aside, be careful with your balloon.
3) Your review questions are due today. Answers should be uniquely yours, not a paraphrase of what
your best friend wrote, unless of course your friend is never wrong.
4) If you want to drop by the classroom early Monday, you are invited to look over possible test
questions ahead of time. Just drop by between 7:00 am and 9:00 am
Due for Tuesday 9/25 Late Colonial Period and Road to the American Revolution
1) Review your Ch. 6 textbook reading, then (CAREFULLY) analyze the chapter 6 Outline. Add notes
and details you think would be helpful! I moved the test to Monday 10/1 for 2 reasons... #1-It will give
us time to cover more content in class. #2 You will have the weekend to study. Please don't skip
the movies... I will pull questions from each which can only be answered by people who have watched
Due for Friday 9/21 French and Indian War and Late Colonial Period
1) Be ready for a notebook check coming up. The notebook check will occur on Monday, 10/1, the test day.
Remember to have the following sets of class notes neatly organized in your notebooks by that date.
There should not be blank spaces on these notes and they shouldn't be crammed into your notebook
willy-nilly. They will help with the test on Thursday. I moved the date back to account for the hurricane.
a) Early Colonial Notes (Cahokia, etc)
b) Colonial fact sheet
c) Late Colonial Notes
d) 7 Years War Notes
e) Road to Revolution & American Revolution Notes
2) Watch this unusual college lecture on the American Revolution and answer these questions.
3) Continue working on these review questions which will be due on Thursday. There is a high correlation
rate between these questions and what you will see on the test on Monday 10/1. If you believe in
foreshadowing, you'll appreciate the extra effort you invest in this. And you'll avoid letting your homework
grow into something fearsome with stresses you out.
(Possible footage of homework which has gone hunting for procrastinating students)
4) Watch this video on the American Revolution. Its exciting so you won't mind filling out a few questions.
Plus it will make your brain grow wise. Like a fortune cookie.
Due for Tuesday 9/18 - Colonial Society... and Road to Revolution
1) Complete your Ch. 5 textbook reading. Then compare it to this outline of chapter 5. Its a crucial time,
(1763 - 1775) the dozen 12 years where everything went wrong between Britain and the 12-ish American
Colonies. Simply put, know the outline material. Highlight it, & add your own written notes. If you like the
outline, consider using it for other chapters. Either way, bring in our marked up outline.
2) Complete the following handout showing population growth in the 13 colonies. Use different
colors for each colony to graph the size of the 13 colonies between 1740 and 1800. I already placed the
1740 starting totals for each colony on the graph... it is up to you to add the data points for 1760 and
1780. The 1800 numbers are not included so you will have to PREDICT the growth of each colony based
on prior 1760-1780 numbers.
3) Begin work on this set of review questions. It will be due on 9/25.
Be as specific as possible when answering. APUSH requires detailed facts & you will reminisce fondly
of the days when you could "fake" your way through a test without really knowing the facts. To give you
plenty of time they will not be accepted until Thursday, 9/28. Don't let them hide in the corner, growing
feral, waiting to attack you when your back is turned. Definitely don't leave them unattended in your little
brother's or sister's room or this could happen. (Actual footage of homework stalking a former student!)
4) Please order the AMSCO guidebook seen here, order it ASAP!
Due for Friday 9/14 - The French and Indian War (Even if we don't have class, It must be done.)
1) Watch the following video by another teacher on the French and Indian War. There are a couple
of minor issues but its a good review of the French and Indian/ 7 Years War. Then answer the
2) Read Chapter 5 and answer the following questions. I fear a War is coming...
A) What were the goals of Parliament and King George III in passing new taxes & regulations on the
colonies after the end of the 7 Years War in 1763?
B) What arguments did the colonists use to object to the English Crown’s tax measures?
C) What economic factors convinced colonists to disagree w/ their own British government?
D) How did the Townshend Acts dramatically escalate tensions?
E) What was so intolerable about the Coercive (Intolerable) Acts?
F) What were British strengths and weaknesses at the outset of the war?
G) What were the American strengths and weaknesses at the outset of the war?
3) We will use the following notes for the 7 Years War and these notes for the Road to Revolutionfor in class
Due for Wednesday 9/12 - The Colonial Period
1) Finish reading the Chapter 4... its only 8 pages (135-143) and it covers the French & Indian War. Then
answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper:
A) The French & Indian War has been described as an “Inevitable War for Empire”. Is this statement
accurate and was the War's outcome?
B) What were the conditions of the Treaty of Paris I (1763)?
C) What after-effects from the war would haunt the British? The French?
D) Why did Chief Pontiac revolt after the French and Indian War? What was the outcome of his "revolt"?
2) Define and learn the following terms:
Ohio River Valley - Seven Years/French Indian War - Albany Plan of Union
Iroquois Confederation - William Pitt - Ft. Duquesne - Battle of Quebec
Treaty of Paris I (1763) - Chief Pontiac’s Rebellion - Proclamation Line of 1763
3) Watch the video on the English Colonies by a college professor and answer these questions.
Watching it helps earn an "A", mad respect, and an imaginary friend named Mr. Vitale. Be the first on
your block to have one.
Due for Monday 9/10 - British Colonial Development
1) In the 1700's a religious wave swept over the British Colonies. Read Ben Franklin's account of his
meeting with one of the movements biggest preachers, George Whitfield. It's an insightful "take" on
the First Great Awakening as seen through the eyes of the greatest American thinker of the age who was
also notoriously cheap. Read about the clash between Franklin's morals and his budget as he listened to
Whitefield, the greatest preacher of the age. and then answer these 7 short questions.
2) Read Chapter 4 pgs. 114-134 in your textbook. Answer the following questions on a separate sheet
A) What roles did women play in English colonial society? Did those roles differ between northern
and southern colonies?
B) Who were the new migrants coming to the colonies in the early 1700’s. Why did they leave Europe
and Africa and where did they tend to settle?
C) In what ways did the Enlightenment & the Great Awakening challenge traditional sources of
authority? Be specific about what authorities were being challenged by each!
D) What groups of people were most likely to participate in the Great Awakening and why?
3) Define the following chapter 4 terms:
First Great Awakening - Old lights vs New lights -John Edwards and George Whitfield
Harvard University - William & Mary College - Scot-Irish immigrants - Anglican Church
Paxton Boys - Regulator Movement - The Enlightenment - John Locke - Ben Franklin
4) Next set of notes? We'll use these: Late Colonial Notes
5) Don't forget about the Rho Kappa Honor Society meeting after school at 4:25 on Tuesday!
There will be food as it is the first formal History Honor Society meeting and its in the library.
A membership form can be found on the Rho Kappa Page and takes just a minute to fill out.
6) In a twist, a hurricane is forming in the Atlantic with an unusually high chance to hit the
NC coast on Friday. It is rare for a hurricane to take this path as only one other has hit land
from that angle. Still, it will make for some excitement (and rain) for next weekend. Surfing
Due for Thursday 9/6 -English Settlement
characteristics of the original 13 (actually 12) colonies. True fact-Delaware wasn't really a colony.
2) Watch Mr. Pate's video about colonial angst. Hint, Hint...take notes. It's only 13 minutes but this teacher
is really good and remember the girl in the well from the movie "The Ring" is waiting for you if you
turn off the video early.
Due for Tuesday 9/4 -English Settlement
1) The test scores for the multiple choice questions are entered and I'm grading the short
answers now. There was a curve added but anyone who finished above a 70% on their first APUSH
test should be pleased. I know many of you invested a great deal of time into preparing and can
assure you it gets easier as we get into the course. We will briefly review a few key concepts before
moving on but anyone who is dissatisfied is can retake the test next week before (8-9:00 am) or after
(4:20 to 5:15) school. Please see me with questions or concerns. If you struggled, come see me. I've
been doing this a while and can work with you to help.
2) Textbook readings formally begin with Chapter 2... pgs. 40-79. Answer the Ch. 2 questions.
You should know the vocabulary terms but I will not require submitted definitions. Still, you shouldn't
ignore the terms. They tend to pop up in weird places.
a) How did the North American colonies of the Spanish, Dutch, French and English differ?
b) Why were death rates so high in early Jamestown (and other southern colonies)?
c) Explain why Bacon's Rebellion is one of the most important events in US history. (pg. 56)
d) What were the differences between the Pilgrims and the Puritans? (pg. 58)
e) What were the differences between the Northern English colonies and the Southern English colonies?
f) What did John Winthrop mean when he called Massachusetts Bay a "City on a Hill"?
g) How were the New England Town Meetings a different form of democracy than Virginia's House of
h) What was the long term impacts of King Philip's (Metacom) War on New England?
I) Why did Massachusetts expel Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson?
3) Rho Kappa, the History Honor Society has a brief interest meeting afterschool on Tuesday at 4:25.
Anyone can drop by for a taste of what's to come this year. Officer elections will be on 9/11 after school.
4) For those of you who have not been able to order the AMSCO guide (any year ok) try the following link
for the latest edition costing 18.95. If everyone has it, we can assign shorter readings from it.
5) (Optional) If you want extra credit for the test, watch the "New World Before Columbus" documentary. It
is the BEST movie about the chaos of the era. Finishing the questions will yield a nice bonus and the
Labor Day Weekend will give you more time. I know its a big ask, but teachers are impressed by work
ethics early on, so don't miss a chance to make a strong first impression!
Due for Thursday 8/30 (Our First Test)
2) Class Powerpoints for the Early Colonial Era have been loaded here
3) Watch this video by a professor who does an AMAZING job of describing the differences between
the Northern (Mass Bay) and Southern (Jamestown and Chesapeake Bay) English colonies. It's 25
minutes of incredibly useful info for the test. Then answer these questions. You'll... appreciate it later.
but its the BEST documentary on the European Invasion. There is a substantial reward for completing
the video. If you have time, you may agree it was well worth it :) . Or you can just watch mindlessly
this video instead.
Due for Tuesday 8/28- Welcome! Your journey begins today... with your first homework assignment:
1) Please finish the summer assignment for turn-in today. Thursday 's (9/1) test on terms and locations
will be based on the summer assignment.
If you are confused or need help for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me at: INFO