2019-2020 APUSH Course Expectations & Summer Assignment
If you are reading this you MUST be either interested in taking a rigorous course investigating and analyzing the moments in our country’s history that has laid the foundation for your nice cushy life of sending countless chatsnaps and posting on your tweeter, or you are simply taking the class for the extra GPA boost. Either way I look forward to having you in APUSH this coming school year teaching about American history
With this being an AP course, this class WILL be more rigorous than general and honor classes. You will be expected to go above and beyond the call of duty in terms of in class and out of class assignments. This course will require analyzing primary/secondary sources, reading novels, and several writing assignments throughout the year.
APUSH is an acronym which stands for Advanced Placement United States History; however, the acronym has become part of the “hip” pop culture and has become slang for punk teenage students that cannot handle the duty of APUSH. You will either be happy you took APUSH and will sing songs about the course or you will be saying APUSH me off a cliff, if you are not willing to do the work. APUSH is not your grandfather’s history class. It is the history of your grandfather! This class will be very rewarding if you have the interest and will power to succeed.
With all of that being said, in order to cover all the APUSH material and prepare you for the AP exam in May you will be expected to complete a summer reading assignment. Reading is the most critical element to success in this course. You must be able and willing to do readings from novels, textbooks, and primary sources in order to pass this class. This summer you will be reading two novels that have greatly impacted American society.
Novel number 1: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852
This novel is written by a young northern woman who exposed the horrors of southern chattel slavery. President Abraham Lincoln once met Harriet Beecher Stowe saying, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started the great war”. You are to read the novel and write a descriptive essay about the horrors and economics of chattel slavery.