• 11th Grade United States History/American Studies/AP United States History

    In their junior year students have three choices to fulfill the United States History requirement:

    UNITED STATES HISTORY/AMERICAN STUDIES CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

    UNITED STATES HISTORY DEPARTMENT SYLLABUS

    United States History

    Grade: 11 - 12
    Duration: 2 Semesters
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 0.5 per Semester

    This course presents a broad view of the American experience. A variety of political, social, and economic topics are covered including: the Constitution, Sectionalism, the Mexican War, Progressivism, World War I through World War II, and various topics to the modern age. A variety of activities will be employed to develop the skills and concepts relevant to American history. Readings from the text and supplementary materials will be required as will papers and tests. Writing and research are integral to the course.

    Text: The Americans, Danzer, de Alva, et al.

    American Studies

    Grade: 11
    Duration: 2 Semesters
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1 credit per Semester (1/2 credit English, 1/2 credit Social Studies); this course meets Junior English and history requirements

    What is unique and important about America? American Studies is designed to give students opportunities to explore and challenge the underlying values of American culture. A teamtaught, interdisciplinary course which emphasizes American literature, history, art and popular culture, this academically rigorous, cocurricular approach to English and history will combine classic texts with current issues in a student centered, experiential environment. The course may also include field trips to historical sites of interest, museums, and performances. Students will complete a summer reading as well as read various pieces of literature. Using textbooks, and primary sources, students will write several essays each quarter in addition to other assignments.

    Texts: Among other works, Death of A Salesman, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter and Huckleberry Finn. Students will also read multiple historical textbooks and documents.

    Advanced Placement United States History

    Grade: 11 - 12
    Duration: 2 Semesters
    Prerequisite: Course average of 70 in AP World History II, Honors American Studies or grade of 90 in Global History II, US History or American Studies * and Department Approval
    Credit: 0.5 per Semester

    This course is a survey of United States History from the period of exploration to the present, and will fulfill the American History requirement. It is geared toward the Advanced Placement examination and is open to all students who have not taken U.S. History. This course will involve substantial reading, writing, and research, as well as quizzes, papers and essay examinations.

    Text: American Pageant, Bailey

    AP UNITED STATES HISTORY COLLEGE BOARD COURSE DESCRIPTION/CURRICULUM OVERVIEW