Purpose of the Course and Overview: Advanced Placement United States History is a college-level academic course that traces the history of the United States and the development of the American experience from colonization to the twenty-first. The course emphasizes the analytical and writing skills essential for success in a college-level history course. To achieve this end, considerable time will be devoted to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, class discussion and essays. A thematic approach will be used to facilitate presentation of the material and its mastery, following the College Board’s curriculum for the course. The themes are designed to encourage students to think conceptually and about the American past and to focus on historical change over time. The following themes will be talked throughout the course: American Diversity, American Identity, Culture, Demographic Changes, Economic Transformations, Globalization, Politics and Citizenship, Reform, Religion, Slavery and Its Legacy and War and Diplomacy. Expectations do include that students seriously consider taking the APUSH exam when it is offered.
I also wanted to give you information regarding the use of Schoology in my classroom. First, it is a great way for students to stay connected to the learning that occurs in the classroom. It expands the walls of the classroom allowing for interaction between students and teachers, and allows more flexibility for assignments, both in the type of assignments and when they are completed. As a parent, you have the ability to create your own account in Schoology. If you have more than one child, you still only need one account - you can link your children with the associated codes. The benefit of having an account is that you can see upcoming events in the classroom and see what your child is doing in the program. Since this is being used in my classroom, this is where I will maintain upcoming events, homework, etc. Please consider creating an account!
You will need a code to associate your account with your student, so please email me if you need me to provide you with the code. I also believe that you can get the code from your students account.
If you have any questions, or to receive the parent code, please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, your student's name, and what period they have my class (makes searching the codes faster until i get to know everyone).
The parent portal for Power School can be accessed at https://powerschool.pgsd.org
If you wish to leave a voicemail message pertaining to your student, please do so at 610-326-6671.