Thank you for a great year. Good Luck with your other final exams!
Bring in your Books, guides and Flashcards before 5/28!
Due for Thursday 5/10 Review Session
1) I will conduct a short review of essay writing skills from 8 am to 9:00 am on Thursday 5/10.
I will not be able to hold an afternoon session so be there in the morning with any questions.
Please note- I will add extra credit session points shortly. Please complete any assignments
by the Exam date!
Due for Monday 5/7 Handouts and Review
1) Please finish your 13 handouts before the exam. You will be asked questions when turning them in to
determine if you did them yourself or merely copied them from others... please take the time to learn the
material you have spent the last month and a half working on!
2) If you wish to replace your minor assessment grades from earlier in the 4th quarter, complete this
summary chart in DETAIL about the American Wars. I will ask you questions to ensure you know the war
information so please take the time to do them well. In return, I will replace your lowest minor
assessment grade with a 100.
Due for Thursday 5/3 Quarterly Exam
1) Be ready for the Quarterly Exam offered today. It is a cumulative summary of the year's material and
will reflect the actual format of the final exam next week. If you wish to see an actual sample exam for
ideas about about the questions today, look at this AP issued sample exam.
Due for Tuesday 5/1 Modern Era and Exam Preparation
1) Make sure you finish the 13 worksheets in BLUE below before Wed, 5/9. I am very serious when I
require they be done on time and urge you to start them now & take advantage of the two weeks you
had to complete them. Please do not copy as you will have to answer questions when they are submitted.
They will also help prepare you for the in-class Summative Exam. Prepare!
2) I will post my thoughts on possible APUSH Exam questions for this year as we near the date.
3) APUSH Exam at: 7:30 am-11:30 am on Friday, May, 11th. The test will be given at:
Friendship Baptist Missionary Church, Beatties Ford Rd. Charlotte.
Due for Friday 4/27 The Modern Era
General AP Review Day At UNC-Charlotte this Saturday
Note- The AP Review day at UNC-Charlotte on Saturday April 28th, 2017 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
There will be a variety of sessions for AP subjects ranging from Env Science to AP US Government.
Each session is only one hour so numerous courses can be covered in one visit. A list of topics & times
AP Course Topic UNC-Charlotte Room
Psychology Neuroscience, Brain science and Sensation-Perception Fretwell 121
Art History Essay Denny 220
Physics Writing a Paragraph Friday 137
US History Writing the LEQ/DBQ Burson 110
Physics C: Mechanics Forces, Energy, and Momentum Friday 142
Env. Science Population Denny 200
Hum. Geo. Models Review Fretwell 128
US History Colonial Period Friday 141
Statistics Inference Burson 121
Comp Sci. The Must Knows for APCS Denny 120
US History Everything About Essays Fretwell 100
10:00 - 11:00 AM
AP Course Topic UNC-Charlotte Room
Psychology Behaviorism and Cognitive Psych Fretwell 121
Art History Timeline Denny 220
Euro History Stuff Friday 132
Physics Rotational Dynamics Friday 137
Gov & Politics Politics Exam Prep Denny 111
US History Writing the LEQ/DBQ Burson 110
Physics C: Mechanics Torque and Angular Momentum Friday 142
US History Key Events for the APUSH Exam ( 1491-1877) Fretwell 100
Env. Sci. Energy Denny 200
Hum Geo FRQ - Strategies Fretwell 128
US History Second Half of the 20th Century Friday 141
Statistics Exploring Data Burson 121
Comp Sci Principles- Seven Big Ideas in APCS Denny 120
11:00 - 12:00 PM
AP Course Topic UNC-Charlotte Room
Psychology Perspectives Fretwell 121
Psychology Nuts & Bolts - What you need to know Fretwell 128
Art History Identifying Denny 220
Euro History Stuff Friday 132
Gov & Politics Exam Prep Denny 111
US History Linking themes across time periods 1491-1877 Burson 110
Physics C: Mechanics Gravitation and Orbits Friday 142
US History Key Events for the APUSH Exam-( 1877-2018) Fretwell 100
Env. Sci. Math (without a calculator) Denny 200
US Gov General Test Review Friday 141
Statistics Probability Burson 121
12:00 - 1:00 PM
AP Course Topic UNC-Charlotte Room
Psychology Q n A - FRQ review, test prep focus, psychology, Fretwell 121
Psychology How to write the FRQs for AP Psychology Fretwell 128
Art History Attritbution Denny 220
US History Linking themes across time periods 1877-present Burson 110
Physics C: Mechanics Gravitation and Orbits Friday 142
US Gov General Test Review Friday 141
Statistics AP Exam Tips Burson 121
Statistics Probability Fretwell 100
While these sessions dare limited to only 1 hour, they are useful tuneups.
1) The last AMSCO study guide for chapter 30 is due today.
2) To finish the year, I am assigning 13 small review sheets covering key content for the exam.
All thirteen are due by Wednesday, May 9th. This is a hard deadline. No excuses. REALLY!!!
Please let me know if you need help... Our year effectively ends on May 11th so waiting until May 12th
is a mistake. Late assignments lose 20% value per day meaning they will be a 0% on the Monday
can be found here. The test will be given at: Friendship Baptist Missionary Church, Beatties Ford Rd.
Exam structure information can be found here. Be there by 7:30 am when check-in for the exam ends.
Due for Wednesday 4/25 The Conservative Revolution of the 1980's
1) Continue your work reading AMSCO Ch. 30 (the 1980's) and the Ch. 30 study guide.
2) The classroom notes (terms you should know) for the 1970's and 1980's are here.
3) Looking for help reviewing? Sample AP Test Questions can be found here.
Due for Monday 4/23 The Stalemated 1970's
1) Remember the Chapter 29 Study Guide about the 1970's from a week and 1/2 ago? It's due today!
Start working on the Chapter 30 Study Guide about the Conservative 1980's and the Modern Era.
(Its the last study guide of the year! -gasp-)
2) Watch the following video about the politics from 1960-1980 and answer the questions.
Due for Thursday 4/19 Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement
1) Please watch the following video on Vietnam and complete the attached questions. If you don't,
today's Vietnam quiz maybe confusing. The 'Nam is the only war we lost... it's probably worth
2) Look up and define the following terms on Civil Rights from last class.
Due for Tuesday 4/17 LBJ's 1960's and Civil Rights
1) Complete definitions for ALL the terms from the class notes for the 1960's Presidents (JFK & LBJ).
2) Finish these 2 simple handouts. They are easy and fast. Then prepare for the coming test
by finishing this matching assignment for the Cold War presidents. If you don't know the event...
LOOK IT UP!!! All will be on the assessment.
Due for Friday 4/13 JFK's "100 Days of Camelot" and LBJ's 1960's
1) Begin reading Chapter 29 in your AMSCO guide and start working on the Chapter 29 Study Guide
about the 1970's. It will be due on Monday 4/23.
about more than MLK marching to DC and solving Civil Rights with the "I have a Dream" speech.
3) We will hold our last Saturday APUSH review session for the year this Saturday at UNC-Charlotte in
the DUKE Bldg. room 208. The session is a comprehensive review & will run from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.
You can park next to the building and food/bonus points will be provided. It is in the Duke Bldg in
4) If you have not done so yet, try reading an AP LEVEL guidebook to review. I have a collection of many
you can borrow. I also have flashcards and games you can check out as well if you want to create a
study group with friends. Remember, that's how the Quakers first met and they went on to start
the abolitionism movement while studying for the 1647 APUSH exam.
5) Fun article on how the USA miscalculated the blast energy of Lithium 7 in in Hydrogen bombs during
testing in the South Pacific. Note, the tragic results are less than amusing.
Due for Wednesday 4/11 The 1950's and JFK's Sixties "1000 Days of Camelot"
1) Finish reading Chapter 28 on the 1960's and turn in the Chapter 28 Study Guide. If you will be out for
any reason, please turn in your work via e-mail or through a friend by this date.
You'll cry if you don't watch this video closely enough before the quiz about it today.
Due from Spring Break (Monday 4/9) Cold War, the 1950's and Conformity
1) Finish this review packet. The answers should be pretty easy and most can probably be done
from memory. (If you have been paying attention...)
2) Finish reading Chapter 27 on the 1950's and turn in the Chapter 27 Study Guide. If you will be out for
any reason, please turn in your work via e-mail as of this date. With just a few weeks to go before
the APUSH exam, you are still responsible for your work, regardless of absences.
3) Although I originally called for Ch. 27 & 28 over the break, I'll wait to take Ch. 28 until Wed. 4/11.
Due for Tuesday 3/27 WWII and Cold War Test and The 1960's and LBJ's "Great Society"
1) Turn in the Chapter 26 AMSCO Guide.
2) Turn in the Cold War DBQ (Part A ONLY!!!) You need not do Sections B & C. (3-4 pages is a great length.)
3) Your Spring Break packet will be attached here. (Shortly)
They will both be due when you return from the break. Don't let JFK down again by leaving him
uncovered when we return. You'd be inviting disaster.
5)URGENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- This is the last day of the 3rd Quarter. Please make
sure you turned in everything for which you wanted points.
Due for Friday 3/23 The Cold War and WWII
1) Finish your Chapter 26 Cold War Guide. It will be due on Tuesday.
2) Study for the Cold War and WWII test on Tuesday. These class notes will be very helpful!
3) Begin work on this DBQ essay. You do not have to do the essay choices in sections B and C but you
should look them over and consider how to answer them.
4) Start the Chapter 27 Study Guide on the 1950's.
Due for Wednesday 3/21 The Beginning of the Cold War and the 1950's
2) Continue working on the Chapter 26 Study Guide which is due before Tuesday's Test!
Due for Monday 3/19 The Second World War
1) If you have the time and are intrigued by WWII deaths, watch this award winning short documentary.
Very few short clips are as thought provoking.
2) Continue the Chapter 25 Amsco Guide. It will be due on Wednesday!
3) Turn in your 4 New Deal Posters.
4) Start the Chapter 26 Study Guide on the Start of the Cold War. (That means you'll probably have to
read chapter 26 beforehand, grrrr)
Due for Thursday 3/15 The Second World War
1) The Class Notes for WWII can be found here.
2) Here are the powerpoints for both The Coming of WW II and World War II.
3) Complete 4 posters on a regular sized sheet of paper. Each should advertise the requirements and
benefits of a major New Deal Program. Funny or creative poster will be awarded a substantial bonus.
Your posters are due on Monday, 3/19. Remember, don't let your worries kill you. Let the New Deal help.
Due for Tuesday 3/13 The Causes of World War II
1) Begin working on the AMSCO Guide Chapter 25 guide and reading.
2) Go out for a walk barefoot. Pet a kitten. Play with your little brother/sister. Unplug from your phone.
Come back refreshed. Tests on the Great Depression are very sad. World Wars are even worse. Both await.
Announcement: We will hold a review session at UNC-Charlotte this Saturday from 8:00 am
to 10:30 am. It will be held in the Duke Bldg. Room 208 and is well worth your time. Yes, it includes
extra credit to help ensure an GOOD GRADE. A flyer is here.
Due for Friday 3/9 Great Depression Test and the Start of WWII
1) Study for Tuesday's test on the Great Depression and the 1920's. Despite the multitude of extracurricular
events, we will take the test Tuesday as we have delayed the date to help prepare for the play and other
performances. It is not negotiable. I will be here by 7 am for a review. Failure to take the test
will result in a 0 and could well lead to an Alien invasion. Don't be the person who ends our civilization.
2) The powerpoint on the Great Depression is reviewable here. Be warned. The PPT has
DISTURBING images. Mr. King and Mr. Vitale are in the soup kitchen line.
3) Complete these two handouts about the Great Depression. #1 #2 Studying these could lead to War.
4) Finish the AMSCO Chapter 23 Guide. It's due TODAY.
4) For those of you interested in the Huey Long "Kingfisher" BBQ speech, its short but entertaining.
The "Kingfisher" wanted to tax the rich to strip them of their vast wealth and redistribute it to the poor
under the "Share Our Wealth/Every man a King" plan.
Due for Wednesday 3/7 Great Depression (1929-1939)
1) Read the following article on the Great Depression to avoid having one of your own. IT'S SHORT, unlike
the actual Depression that lasted 10 years, much like high school in Gastonia.
2) Continue the AMSCO Chapter 24 study guide and reading.
3) Finish watching "The Century, Stormy Weather" and answer the questions here. The stories are
heartbreaking. Watch real video of the Dustbowl, see a little girl whose piggy bank was emptied by her
parents, view a homeless woman in a fur coat begging for spare change after losing her home, and
watch rioters attack food trucks because they were so desperate. Things were pretty bad,
4) Study for the BIG 1920's and 1930's test on Tuesday, 3/13.
Due for Monday 3/5 The Market Crash and Effects of The Great Depression
1) Begin the 1930's AMSCO Guide. It will be due on Friday 3/9 but you start early as there will be daily
quizzes by popular request. (100% of the APUSH teachers love them!)
2) Finish watching the 1920's Documentary, The Century, Boom to Bust and finish these questions.
Due for Thursday 3/1 The Roaring Twenties/ The Great Depression
1) Turn in your chapter 23 AMSCO guide.
2) We will begin the 1930's today... a period of economic catastrophe which gripped the developed
world and lasted from 1930 to 1939. If you think the USA's economy could not get any worse, you'd
Due for Tuesday 2/27 The Roaring Twenties
1) Turn in your WWI take home test. Its due today... please do your own work.
2) Continue work on your chapter 23 AMSCO Guide. It's due next class on Thursday!
Due for Friday 2/23 World War 1 (The War To End ALL Wars)
1) We are about to start the Roaring Twenties. Its a period of political conservatism coupled with social
and technological change. Find out more by reading chapter 23 of the AMSCO guide (pgs. 475-495)
2) Begin Ch. 23 AMSCO guide to ensure you understand what you have read. It is due on Wednesday 3/1.
3) Begin work on the take home test for WWI. These are a rare opportunity and there are NO make up
opportunities because after all, its a TAKE HOME TEST and we are studying Social Darwinism. It's
due on Tuesday 2/27.
4) Don't forget the APUSH Review Session Saturday morning from 8-10:30 am in the trailer! It's a fun
review of early material with food and prizes and of course, extra credit! A full list of upcoming sessions
Saturday 2/24 8:00 am - 10:30 am at Northwest School of the Arts Trailer 463. (Colonial to Constitution)
Saturday 3/10 8:00 am - 10:30 am at UNC-Charlotte (Room Duke)* (Critical Period to Antebellum)
Saturday 3/24 8:00 am - 12:30 pm at UNC-Charlotte (Room Duke)* (Civil War to Progressives)
Saturday 4/14 8:00 am - 12:30 pm at UNC-Charlotte (Room Duke)* (The Roaring 1920's to The 1980's)
Saturday 4/28 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at UNC-Charlotte (Room Duke)* (Hourly Reviews-AP Review Day)
Due for Wednesday 2/21 World War 1 (The War to End All Wars)
1) Congrats on finishing World War I. To make sure you know it, complete the following study guides
2) Turn in your Ch. 31 WWI study guide from the textbook. Finally.
Due for Wednesday 2/14 World War 1 (The War to End All Wars)
1) In a switch, we will use the American Pageant textbook for the WWI (Chapter 31) reading. You can
still use the AMSCO guidebook if you want to go above and beyond or need guidance, but the above
textbook reading is NOT optional. Either way, the Chapter 31 textbook guide is due on Monday, (2/19)
Due for Monday 2/12/18 The End of the Progressive Era
1) Test on the Progressive Era, the Gilded Age and Imperialism today. The focus will be heaviest on the
Progressive Era so prepare accordingly. Good Luck.
3) For those going on the field trip next week, complete the following forms and return to Mr. Vitale ASAP.
There is an OPTIONAL informational meeting after school on Tuesday at 4:25 pm in my classroom. Parents
and Students are welcome.
Due for Thursday 2/08/18 Progressive Era
1) Read this study guide on the Progressive Era. I'm sorry for the quality but it breaks down the Progressive
Era into easy to understand readings. Then start the following Second Study Guide. This additional
Study Guide will be due on Monday 2/12 for the Progressive Era Test.
2) Write a short story using at least 15 of the terms from the Progressive Era. Your story should clearly
demonstrate you know the significance of the terms. For example, don't simply say "He passed the 16th
Amendment". Try something like "The 16th Amendment's new income tax angered the rich old man"
Please ensure your story is at least 10 pages. (Just kidding, but make it credible if you want full points)
3) We will be watching the following documentary about the Prog. Era and answering these questions.
I hope to finish this video in class but if we don't knock it out here.
4) Finish this Short Handout about the Pendleton Civil Service Act. It has confused many of you and it
will likely be on the exam!
Due for Tuesday 2/06/18 Progressive Era
1) Watch the following video on Immigration & Cultural Change. (Learn why the average Italian had 11 kids
during this time period.) Answer these questions.
Due for Friday 2/2 Welcome to The Progressive Era
1) Begin reading Ch. 21 on the Progressive Era. It describes a period of rapid growth tempered by
an awareness that the United States must address the problems that come with rapid urbanization.
Rampant diseases, poverty, crime, infrastructure, corruption, all come under fire by the Progressives.
Begin work on the Study Guide. (Finish the Study Guide by Thursday 2/8).
2) In class we will use the following notes to discuss Progressive Terms & Concepts. Progressive Era notes
Due for Wednesday 1/31 - Imperialism Test and start of the Progressive Era
1) Test on Imperialism today. Know your terms and concepts!
2) After the test, we are starting the Progressive Era, a period between 1900 and 1920 which sought to fix
the problems of the Gilded Age. We will use these Progressive Era notes in class. We are moving
quickly so please ensure you don't fall behind. Begin reading AMSCO Ch 21 on the Progressive Era and
finish sections 1-3 (review) up to the Green area) on the Chapter 21 study guide.
Due for Monday 1/29 - Imperialism
1) The test on imperialism is next class. Please look over the class notes carefully!
2) Watch the following video on Imperialism. Answer the Questions here. There is a reward if the ENTIRE
class finishes it. Sadly, it will likely take a little stopping and starting to find all the answers. Good thing
Youtube comes with a pause feature. Back in my day, we had to reload the movie reels on the projector.
3) Complete the following worksheet. Please actually take the time to look up what you don't know. On
the last test, it was clear some of you did not understand patronage or what made political machines
like Tammany Hall work. These groups shaped our nation and contributed to the death of a sitting
president. When you don't read, an angel somewhere loses its wings. Don't make an angel (and your
parents) cry when they get your report card.
Due for Thursday 1/25 - Imperialism (Welcome to a fresh slate... everyone has an "A" so far this semester!)
1) Complete the following handout on Imperialism. It's a perfect match for what you must know for
Imperialism!!! You may use the textbook or the AMSCO Guide to find the answers.
No, that is not Mr. King in the USS Maine scene. Still, it has awesome information and every question
from today's quiz is directly from the movie.
Due for Tuesday 1/23 - Imperialism
1) Read the chapter on Imperialism (Ch. 20) and complete ALL of the Imperialism study guide.
2). We are returning to a diet of quizzes based on readings at the START OF CLASS. Knowing the following
terms will help your quiz chances:
Alfred Thayer Mahan Yellow Journalism Queen Liliuokalani Cuban Independence Movement
Monroe Doctrine USS Maine Delome Letter President McKinley Battle of Manila
Due for Thursday 1/18 ---> Moved to Tuesday 1/23 Imperialism
1) Read the chapter on Imperialism (Ch. 20) and complete the first 5 questions of the Imperialism
study guide. The remainder is due on Tuesday, 1/23.
Due for Tuesday 1/16 Gilded Age Test Due
1) Finish this take home test. Its short and it wraps up the Gilded Age!
Due for Thursday 1/12 Gilded Age
1) Watch the following AWESOME (really entertaining) video on the Captains of Industry and answer these
questions. Only the first 45 minutes are needed but its seriously an easy video to enjoy.
2) Complete the following handout as a study guide for the Gilded Age Test.
Due for Tuesday 1/9 The Gilded Age
1) Watch the following video and answer the attached questions. Please pay close attention as this
college professor describes both the Industrial titans and the struggle of unions to organize during
this period. This really is a SUPERB video at explaining the difficult relationship between capital & labor.
2) Complete the handout regarding Gilded Age inventors.
Due for Friday 1/5 American West and the Gilded Age
1) Review the American West Notes from last class in preparation for a quiz today focusing on the
development of politics in the AMerican West between 1870 and 1900.
2) Try not to freeze to death. And don't forget about the Honor Society Induction ceremony for the
Academic Honor Societies on Monday 1/8 in the Auditorium.
Due for the Winter Break
1) Complete the holiday packet - answer all questions! Pay particular attention to the short answer
Questions. They are important clues about future short answer and essay questions. Please finish this
on time as it represents an important grade!
2) Complete the AMSCO reading for chapter 16 on the Gilded Age. Complete the study guide.
3) Write a short (650 word Max = 1 page) college essay. The list of essay prompts from the common app
are attached here and you can write about virtually anything. The finished product can be used
for next year's college application so put some thought into it. It's only 1 page, so don't fret.
Due for Monday 12/18 The American West
1) Finish reading chapter 17 on the American West, although you may skip the section on the New South.
2) Finish the Chapter 17 packet, section 3. (You may skip section 2 for now)
3) Study the Western materials for a short test today on the American West materials in sections 1 and 3.
4) Happy Holidays... a Winter packet will be posted shortly.
5) Here is a link to the JFK Essay Contest.
Due for Thursday 12/14 The American West
1) Begin reading AMSCO chapter 17 on the American West and start this Review packet on the West.
Sections 1 up to the NEW SOUTH is due!
2) Congratulations to the Union for winning the Civil War Game by a 4.9% margin after Appomatox
Courthouse. They will be able to take the midterm with assigned partners. Thank you for a hard
Due for Tuesday 12/12 The Civil War and Reconstruction Test
1) The war begins Monday. Have your questions, cards and armband on you for the start of the game!
Failure to do so means your points will be immediately handed to the Union. Don't be the 1st to fall.
If you've lost any of the above, see Mr. Vitale first thing on Monday morning!
2) Finish this Review today. It will help for your test (Antebellum, Civil War & Reconstruction)
3) Don't forget Appomattox Courthouse is Wednesday after school. Officers are expected to represent
their side. And mourn the fallen. And make fun of the kids who hid in the bathroom. Don't forget - turn
in your cards and armband anytime after the end of third block. on Wed. They must be turned in
between 2:45 and 4:20 pm. Appomattox starts after the end of 4th Block!
Due for Friday 12/8 The Civil War
1) Finish your 2o questions for the Civil War Game using terms from this updated list. Remember
the answer to each question must be an actual term. Questions must ask important and identifiable
facts, not obscure details nobody would know. Questions will not be accepted if late. Get er' done!
2) Finish 4 index cards with your name, point value, artwork and card type. Officers must complete
a 5th "sword" card. The info is in the rules.
3) The officer list for the 3A class is based on recent test scores: (Congrats & Sharpen your sword cards)
4) Finish your posters including 4 Political Posters and 2 Reform Posters using the instructions/rubric.
Each can be on a standard sheet of paper. Its an important grade and significant extra points will be
awarded for original artwork, humor or creativity. Deductions will be taken for poor work product.
5) We will focus on the Reconstruction ppt today. Know the material! and have your Everything handout.
Due for Wednesday 12/6 The Civil War
2) Finish your 20 Civil War Questions for the Game next week. They are due today. The ANSWER to each
question must be one of the terms from the vocabulary list.
3) Begin creating 4 Political Party Posters and 2 Reform Posters. The instructions and rubric are here
and a sample poster is here. They will be due on Friday 12/8. Have fun with it... its a large
grade and significant extra points will be awarded for original artwork, humor or creativity.
Due for Monday 12/4 The Civil War
1) Continue working on the questions on the Chapter 15 study guide which is due on Wednesday, 12/6.
2) Civil War Game Information-(Dates Updated)
The Civil War Game is rapidly approaching. Fighting begins the following week on Monday, 12/11
and end on Wednesday, 12/13. To prepare, use the vocabulary terms which are eligible to be used
in the Game. You must create a minimum of 20 questions to duel opposing players. The
answer for each question must be a term found on this sheet. Here are a set of War Game Rules
updated for this year's game. Your 20 questions will be due on Wednesday.
3) Extra Credit needed? Complete this by the start of the War. Or This. Or This. (It all adds up.)
Each will replace a quiz grade with a 100%. I'd load up now... you never know when you'll need em.
4) A chart on the American Party System is here. You don't have to do anything with it... its just there, but
it does show how badly we've strayed from Washington's Farewell Address.
Due for Thursday 11/30 The Civil War
1) Read the following pair of short articles and complete the attached 2 worksheets to determine
which side had the biggest advantage during the Civil War. Be sure you can list at least 5 advantages
for both the Union and the Confederates. (One of the articles was written by a student who did a great
job summarizing the Confederate's positions)
2) Begin Reading Ch. 15 in your AMSCO Book and finish section 1 of the accompanying study guide. The
remainder is due on Wednesday 12/6.
3) Here is a website showing the sides which fought in the Civil War. Compare the Union/ Confederate/
Border states to this list of slave and free states. THEN LABEL this map to show the free and slave states.
Knowing your geography will help you understand why the War ended the way it did and allow you to
pass a quiz.
4) ABOUT the Irish and German immigrants arriving during this period... Here is a GREAT Budweiser
commercial showing how German Immigrants tended to be more liberal (reform friendly) and had the
financial means to move to farms in the interior. The 2nd excerpt from a movie shows how Irish immigrants
tended to be poor and were often trapped in cities. Interestingly, the Know-Nothings are waiting for both.
Due for the Thanksgiving Break (11/23 to 11/27)
1) Finish reading Chapter 14 in your AMSCO text and complete any remaining sections on the guide.
or sister, no matter how much fun it is. It's all yours.
3) To better understand the importance of the watching movies together with family over the holidays,
enjoy this 2 minute video. By the way, the new Star Wars comes out this December.
For Tuesday 11/21 - Antebellum Events
1) Study for a brief test on the Antebellum events from the list we discussed in class.
2) Read Chapter 14 in the Amsco Text and answer the questions in sections 1-3 of the Ch 14 Guide
3) Enjoy this 2 minute Key and Peele video on Harriet Tubman.
Due for Friday 11/17 - Antebellum Events
1) Finish reading Chapter 13 in your AMSCO text. Then complete the remaining sections. Make
sure you know the Antebellum events on the list for a short test on Tuesday.
Due for Wednesday 11/15 - Antebellum Events
1) Read Chapter 13 in your AMSCO text. Then complete the attached guide,, sections 1-3.
2) Study the terms we discusses in class today from the Pre-Civil War event list of 18 events. Be
ready for a quiz!
Due for Monday 11/13 Test due and In-class Presidential Review.
1) Here is your take home test! I don't do this often so please treat this test as an opportunity to walk
away with a great score. As a thank you for your hard work, I will count it as TWO tests on
Powerschool so invest the time you need to understand the content. There is nothing sadder than a
40 on a take home test. Unless you usually get a 35. (Be aware I trust you but will verify you actually
learned the material so please, please, please, please, please don't cut corners.) There are no retakes.
2) We will review the first Presidents and their accomplishments today using this chart.
A Youtube video which goes over each president in a detailed way can be found here. A simpler
video summary of each of the Presidents can be found here.
3) We will begin the Road to the Civil War this week. The period before the war is known as the
Antebellum Era. It is similar in importance to the period before the American Revolution when a
growing divide split two otherwise unified regions, resulting in a bloody war. Just as we did with
the pre-revolutionary war events like the Stamp Act and Intolerable Acts, pay close attention to
the string of 18 Antebellum events in these notes we will use in class.
Due for Wednesday 11/8 The Age of JACKSON!!!
1) Complete these questions about the time period. Answer completely.
2) (Optional) Enjoy this short odd video about Jackson, but only if you are ok with a bit harsh language.
3) You voted for a take home test over the 3 day weekend. I will be preparing it shortly!
Due for Monday 11/6 Sectionalism, Reforms Expansion and Jackson
2) Complete the following Worksheet about Sectionalism and Nationalism.
3) Thank you all for your hard work. As a reward, enjoy this video showing what Andrew Jackson would
be like if he played women's soccer.
4) Don't forget the Rho Kappa Meeting tomorrow (11/7) after school in the library! (4:25 to 5:15)
Due for Thursday 11/2 Sectionalism, Reforms, Expansion and Jackson
1) Watch the followingteacher 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 Gilder Lehrman Video on this Period. It's the recommended site chosen by the
College Board which means they think this is the best place to review for their exam. So take a second
and check out its features, starting with the 9 minute 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 Compromis
1823 Austin leads settlers to Texas 1824 - The Election of 1824
1824 - The Monroe Doctrine 1825- The Second Great Awakening
4) If you enjoy music while you work, get in the mood for Jackson by listening to the greatest hits from
Due for Tuesday 10/31 -Early Nationalism, Expansion and Reform
3) Earlier last week we viewed the following college lecture video on Industrialism. Please finish the
questions we started in class.
4) Show your little brother or sister you love them by telling them a scary story which keeps them up
Due for Thursday 10/24 -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
1) Continue reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development).
Answer the questions in section 5 of the worksheet.
2) Watch the 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 additions to the US and understand
how each was acquired.
Due for Tuesday 10/24 -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
1) Continue reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development).
Answer the questions in sections 3 & 4 of the worksheet If you want to get ahead, do section 5
(its due Thursday).
2) The History Honor Society is hosting a Movie Night after Wednesday (10/25) in the Black Box. The
movie is awesome and you will receive extra credit for enjoying a great flick. There will be all you eat
pizza, drinks and popcorn for a $5 donation. Come learn history and relax before the quarter ends! Any
APUSH student is invited.
Due for Friday 10/20 -Early Nationalism, Sectionalism, Expansion and Reform
1) Begin Reading Chapter 8 in the AMSCO Guide (Nationalism and Economic Development). Follow
the directions, then go back and answer the questions sections 1 & 2 only The guide is
shared by a great teacher and will walk you through Chapter 8 step by step. After you've read and
filled in the answers, come prepared to talk about your experience using the AMSCO guide.
If you want to get ahead, do sections 3 & 4 (due Tuesday) and section 5 (due Thursday).
Due for Wednesday 10/18 Test on Critical Period through the War of 1812
1) Study for the test today. Please refer to the following handouts from your notebooks:
2) READ THIS SHORT EXCERPT from a new guidebook... its short but detailed & will definitely help w/ the
test. Seriously, its the magic bean Jack was looking for all those years for the beanstalk test. Imagine
what it could do for you. (You'll thank me later, which is weird because most students hate more reading)
3) I will be in early to allow you to review prior years' test questions if you want starting at 7:20 am. It
Due for Monday 10/16 --War of 1812
3) If you wish to gain an advantage for the coming test next class (Wednesday) watch the following
4) For my Hamilton fans, enjoy this short but funny Aaron Burr Video. For Fun.
Due for Thursday 10/12 -- Jeffersonian Democracy and the War of 1812
1) Complete reading Chapter 7. (231-247) Be sure to answer the study guide questions with complete
sentences. Make sure you know the vocabulary, even if I do not require formal definitions. 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) I will post a new video link thanks to Youtube changing access. There will be video questions for
the 2nd-5th Presidents posted shortly.
3) Enjoy this interesting video to find out what happened to the French queen- very sad. It was written and
directed by French History teachers. The brutality of her treatment led many Federalists to turn away from
the French Revolution.
4) If you need motivation to study, watch this: Turn Up! Find out what he's doing to get lit for class. Yeah...
I wish I could see your expression after reading that.
Due for Tuesday 10/10 --The Birth of American Politics
1) Complete the following Pictionary/definitions for the early national period. Take some time to create
drawings which shows you know the content!
2) Finish defining any remaining terms left from the Early Class Notes. You must understand how each
event leads to the next.
3) You should have finished Chapter 7. Now read this easy to understand review from the famous Blue
Guide and complete the following questions. The questions are straightforward and should come to you
Due for Friday 10/6 -- The Critical Period
1) Youtube limited the 1st video I linked to but watch this Movie on the Washington. Watch only the first
15 mins and answer these questions.
Due for Wednesday 10/4 Critical Period
1) 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
3) 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.
Due for Monday, 10/2 Baby USA and the "Critical Period"
1) Test Scores looked great. Were this the AP test, all but 1 student would have passed with a "3"
or better. I added a small curve and will update grades with the written portion as soon as I'm finished.
2) With the end of the American Revolution, the 13 former colonies must form their government.
Read the latter half of Chapter 6 and answer the following questions:
a) How were the rag-tag Americans able to defeat Great Britain? What factors were most influential
and why? (pg. 182)
b) Why were the British so generous to the Americans in the Treaty of Paris? How much did the French
gain in the Treaty of Versailles, signed at the same time? Be specific as to what gains each nation
received and consider whether the Revolution was worth it for the French. (pg. 182)
c) How did the Pennsylvania Constitution alarm some founding fathers after the war? How did the
Massachusetts Constitution alleviate their fears and become a model for other states? (pgs. 184)
d) Look at the chart on pg. 184. Which regions selected a wealthier “ruling class”? What effect did the
revolution have on who became each region’s politicians?
e) What happened to the American Loyalists and their property after the Revolution? (pg. 187-189)
f) What were the biggest weaknesses of America's 1st government (Articles of Confederation)?
3) 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 experts on this time period.
the Critical Period. (AOC-Constitution) I wish we had time to discuss everything in class but these
will help! Bring in detailed notes from each video proving you carefully watched them and I will add
up to a 2% test bonus for one video, a 5% Bonus for 2 videos and up to 10% Bonus for all 3 video notes.
This is optional but strongly advised. I think a lot of this guy, even if his hat isn't as cool as mine.
Due for Thursday 9/28 Test thru the End of the American Revolution
1) The test for the periods between the Late Colonial Period through the American Revolution arrives today.
It will cover the following topics:
Colonial Facts Late Colonial Notes 7 Years War Road To Revolution Notes
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 make it look like an accident. (It
shouldn't be hard... the school is full of aspiring actors) All kidding aside, be careful with yours.
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 on a test day, you are invited to look over possible test
questions ahead of time and discuss them with colleagues. Just drop by between 7:00am to 9:00 am
Due for Tuesday 9/26 Fireworks and the Birth of Baby USA!!!!
1) Study for the American Revolution test next class. Remember to have the following sets of class
notes neatly organized in your notebooks for the first notebook check during the test. There should
not be blank spaces on these notes!
3) Continue working on this list of review questions which will be due next class. There is a high correlation
rate between these questions and what you will see on the test. If you believe in foreshadowing, you'll
appreciate the extra effort you invest in this. And you'll avoid it growing into something fearsome.
(Possible footage of homework which has gone looking for procrastinating students)
Due for Wednesday 9/20 - So you want to start a Revolution...?
1) Instead of your Ch. 6 textbook reading (<---optional) , Complete this shorter assignment...
where everything went wrong between Britain and the 12-ish American Colonies. Simply put, know the
outline material. Highlight it, write notes. If you like it, consider using it for other chapters.
3) 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.
4) We will be using the following form for class notes on the Road to Revolution. If you prefer a
storyboard style of notes, try these instead. Either way, be sure to check out the
American Revolution Powerpoint we used in class if you had questions or missed class -gasp-
5).Begin work on this set of review questions. It may seem like a lot for today, but this one is due over a
week from now on Thursday (9/28) when you take your test.
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 a homework stalking a former student!)
6) If you want the guidebook seen here, bring in $18.50 to class this week and a student leader will
order your guide promptly.
Due for Monday 9/18 - The French and Indian War and the Road to Revolution
1) Review the following video by another teacher on the French and Indian War. There are a couple
of minor mistakes 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?
Due for Thursday 9/14 - The French & Indian War (Parent Curriculum Night 5:30 -7:00)
1) Finish reading the Chapter 4... its only 8 pages (135-143) and it covers the French & Indian War. Then
answer the following questions:
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
an imaginary friend named Mr. Vitale.
Due for Tuesday 9/12 - British Colonial Development
1) Ever wonder what a teacher's writing ability was in college? Read the following paper given to me
by Mr. Lawler to understand the connection between Slavery & Sugar in the New World. If you wonder
how I got ahold of this, ask him.
2) 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.
3) 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?
4) 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 -Cotton Mather
5) Next set of notes? Try these: Late Colonial Notes
Due for Friday 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.
3) We'll know what happened if you are not there on Monday morning at 7:30 am. However, you can
complete test corrections for the last test & then retake a replacement before Wednesday. After that,
we move on to bigger and better things. Not there may be the remnants of a tropical storm early
next week so be prepared for a late start school day.
Due for Wednesday 9/6 -English Settlement
1) Test Scores will be in the system by Sat. afternoon. Anything above a 70% is pretty good but you are
welcome to retake the test next week either before or after school after making test corrections.
2) Textbook readings formally begin with Chapter 2... pgs. 40-79. Answer the following Ch. 2 questions.
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) Finish the DBQ. Follow the instructions and analyze the documents and lay out a structure of how you
would answer the overall question. I am not looking for a masterpiece yet... just that you can layout the
structure of a solid essay.
4) Rho Kappa, the History Honor Society has a brief interest meeting afterschool on Tuesday at 4:25. Anyone
can drop by for free pizza and a taste of what's to come this year.
5) 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.
Due for 9/1 (Our First Test)
2) Begin the DBQ worksheet.
3) Powerpoints for the Early Colonial Era have been loaded here
4) 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 both the test and the DBQ due on Wednesday. Watch it.
You'll... appreciate it later.
5) Optional (Extra Credit) - Watch the following movie and complete the questions. Yes, its an hour, 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 mindless
this video instead.
Due for Wednesday 8/30- Welcome! Your journey begins today... with your first homework assignment:
1) If you have not finished the summer assignment, please do so. Friday's (9/1) test on the summer
reading chapters 1-3 will be based on the reading.
2) Complete questions 1-15 for Parts 1 & 2 on the Chapters 1 and 2 quizzes to test your knowledge of
4) Optional (Extra Credit) - Complete the following Colonial Geography handout and avoid Miss SC infamy.
5) Advance notice of Weekend assignment:
IF you wish, you may begin working on the DBQ (Document Based Question) for this weekend, due next
Wednesday (9/6). It will help prepare you for the DBQ style of writing we will use frequently this year.
If you are confused or need help for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me at: INFO