APUSH Summer Assignment for the 2019-20 School Year

   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, 2019 

    and completed summer work is due on the first day of class.  If you encounter a special circumstance, please

    contact me at alan.vitale@cms.k12.nc.us 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.  Avoid unneeded stress during the first week and finish the work

    on time!  Trust me… it will help you to a fast start to the course.

   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 AMSCO APUSH guide.  It is really helpful and a worthwhile

    investment at about $20.00 or so.  

      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 work with 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 wish to make

       arrangements (in advance)  to pick it up at the NWSA front office. To get a physical copy, just e-mail at:

                                                 alan.vitale@cms.k12.nc.us  In the meantime, use the online version linked above. 

      If you wish to watch a video summary instead, try watching 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+ may be

     hazardous to the success of your summer vacation and happiness quotient.  

   2) On occasion, we may also use the American Pageant (Kennedy text) online textbook.  It’s the prior 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, just read the first 4 chapters as they are smaller than the 3 Henretta chapters. 

                                                                               The Summer Assignment

                                           (Word)                     (PDF)

      Optional Video and Audio Materials:
                         Podcast A Voyage Long and Strange into America's Past- NPR

                         Video: New Worlds -Biography of America #1

   Have a question? Feel free to contact me at alan.vitale@cms.k12.nc.us 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. If your parents are interested in helping plan any of these trips, please

    contact me.

*  All work should be answered and submitted by the first day of class in August, 2019.   We will test on it at the end

    of the first week of class!

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