APUSH Summer Assignment for 2018-19
AP United States History is a challenging class introducing college level concepts to clever high school students.
To help prepare for the course, NWSA strongly recommends enrolled students to complete a summer assignment
prior to the first day of class. Yes, other schools also require such work. Be ready… your class begins in August, 2018
and completed summer work is due on the first day of class. If you encounter a special circumstance, please
contact me at email@example.com as early as possible. Our first test of the year will be based on the summer
assignment and is given during the first week of class. To avoid an early “cram session” and unneeded stress during
the first week, finish the work on time! Trust me… it will help you to a fast start to the course. Significant extra credit
will be given to students who complete the work on time.
Before beginning the summer assignment, I’ll suggest a couple of guide books if you have a little spare cash:
Option #1-The BEST and most complete guide is the 2018 version of the AMSCO APUSH guide. (BE sure to get the
"Softcover" edition if you want a paper copy) Although optional, it is really helpful and a worthwhile investment at
about $19.00 or so. It is strongly advised.
Option #2- You can pick up a copy of another guidebook like the Princeton Review, REA or Larry Krieger's AP U.S.
History guides. They are all about $20-$25. They are also available at local bookstores and Amazon. If you do not
have any summer funds, please reach out to me and I will provide a guide for you based on financial need.
1) We will use the America’s History (Henretta) textbook in class. I can provide a take home copy if you meet me at
school. (e-mail address above) or you can watch video reviews for the first 3 chapters at the following link:
Remember, the summer assignment is only for Chapters 1-3 in the Henretta book. Doing chapters 4+ is hazardous to
your summer vacation and happiness quotient.
2) On occasion, we may also use the American Pageant (Kennedy text) online textbook. It’s the “old” textbook but
it’s still a really good resource and can be found online at this link If you want to use this Kennedy text for the
summer assignment, you will need to read the first 4 chapters as they are smaller than the 3 Henretta chapters.
The Summer Assignment
Optional Video and Audio Materials:
Podcast A Voyage Long and Strange into America's Past- NPR
Have a question? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Please reach out with questions about the
assignment or course. While it may seem like a lot of work over the summer, it will allow us to hit the ground running
and free up time for potential field trips Latta Plantation, King's Mountain Battlefield, The Polk Home, The Levine
Museum of the New South, The Cherokee Reservation (but not the Casino) or Charleston SC. If your parents are
interested in helping plan any of these trips to make them a reality, please contact me.
* All work should be answered and submitted by the first day of class in August, 2018.