There are three pieces of summer work for students entering AP U.S. History at Stevenson High School for the 2016-17 school year. This work, roughly a half-hour per week at most, if averaged over the course of the summer, is designed to keep your brain academically stimulated over the summer and to account for the fact that we do not start school until after Labor Day, putting us nearly a month behind some other parts of the country that will take the AP test on the same day as we do (Friday, May 5, 2017). With that in mind.
Linked above is a list of 200+ words, taken directly from the texts of five different Advanced Placement United States History Examinations. You should have a working knowledge of the definition of all of these words, what they mean, how they are used in a historical context.
Sometime in the first week of the new school year, you will have a 20-40 point quiz on these terms and how they are used, something to get you off on the right foot.
My suggestion would be to work through about 25 of these words a week, and then review during that first week of class. Essentially, just a half hour of your time per week during the long summer to keep your brains running like a well-oiled academic machine.
My other suggestion to you would be to have a spreadsheet where you have the words in one column and your definitions in the second column, which would allow you to track your progress. If you email me at email@example.com, I will send you a template to that effect that I have already made up. I would also be happy to field any questions you may have at that same address.
Ths link contains a copy of the article "1491" by Charles Mann, along with three response questions to answer after reading the article. You may type your response, roughly 75-125 words per question. You will be turning these answers in on Wednesday, September 8, 2016, as a 20 point assignment for one of your first grades of the new year.
My expectations for this assignment are for you to demonstrate that you read the article carefully and took the time to thoughtfully answer the questions.
The link above contains a section of your textbook outlining the nine primary Historical Thinking Skills, which the College Board uses as a backbone of the framework for the AP United States History course. You likely are familiar with these concepts already, perhaps just not their names. I would like you to read these five pages and be ready for a quiz on the reading on the first Friday of the school year. Thank you.
If you have specific questions or concerns about either of these assignments, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital copy of the handout from May 2016