Pre-AP European History
Instructor: Mrs. Goodelle, Room 109
Pre-AP History is designed to serve as an introductory and preparatory course for AP-European History in tenth grade. This course will cover prehistory up to approximately 1500. This course will incorporate the important themes of A.P. European History including:
- Interaction of Europe and the world
- Poverty and prosperity
- Objective knowledge and subjective visions
- States and other institutions of power
- Individual and society
This will be an extremely challenging course that will involve a great deal of time management. We will be focusing on the document analysis and writing skills necessary to be successful in A.P. European History. This course will be treated as a college-level course and one of the most important skills that you will need to develop is the ability to take effective notes. We will spend time, especially at the beginning of the year, on note-taking. Through this, you will be able to find the best form of note taking for you. Next is the completion of assigned tasks. This, of course, is expected. Work assigned is work that must be completed. Exceptions are illness and emergencies. Completion of tasks is a “real world” concern since it has implications in your own personal values and abilities to complete tasks in a work place. Good work habits are essential in a highly competitive world.
Exams and Exercises:
Students will be given exams at the end of each unit, roughly one per month. In order to fit within the allotted length of the class, most will combine 20-30 multiple-choice questions and 1-2 short answer questions. The source for the questions will be the released AP Exams from the last twenty years. For essay writing assignments, in the beginning, I will prepare the students by giving them the essay question in advance, but over time that will be withdrawn, to be replaced with two possible questions to prepare for and, eventually, a question presented on the day the exam itself. In cases of particularly difficult or broad chapters, students will be able to choose from two essay questions (something of a reflection of the AP Exam itself). Multiple-choice questions are scored in the same manner as the AP Exam and the essay will be graded using the AP’s rubric for the long essay and DBQ.
Knowing and understanding the geography of the world is extremely important to understanding history. Therefore, each month, students will be expected to take a quiz on a certain geographic region of the world. This will include countries, bodies of water, and important geographic features. The map will be administered at the beginning of each month. Students will have two weeks to study and prepare for the map quiz. Once they have completed the first quiz, students will have the opportunity to take the quiz as many times for the remainder of the month to take the quiz to get a 100. Dates will be finalized on students weekly agendas for the course.
With each chapter, students will be given a guided reading assignment. This will include all vocabulary for the unit as well as the important questions posed in the chapter. Students will have at least a week to complete these assignments, if not more. All vocabulary words should be defined as well as the questions answered. We will go over the exact format in class. These will be graded and handed back to the students and all grades will be posted in school tools. ALL WORK MUST BE TURNED IN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD THAT IT IS DUE. I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK OF ANY NATURE.
All grading for the course will be done on a point system. Generally speaking, tests, essays, and chapter outline assignments will always be worth 100 points. Projects can vary in range from 150-250 points. In class assignments and participation will be awarded points based on their worth (generally under 50 points). Students will be made aware of the point value of each assignment prior to it being distributed.
Be On Time. Be Prepared. Be Considerate.
General Policies and Procedures:
- Ask questions, voice opinions, and be ready to back opinions with clear evidence. Relevant participation is encouraged.
- Movies and videos will be shown only if they are of good quality and value to the course. Watch A&E, PBS, and the History Channel if there is relevant material on.
- Questions on current events are welcome, especially if you can relate them to the topics being discussed in class. Try to keep up with news through broadcast and print media.
- Use study halls and lunch to work on ongoing assignments (outlines, reading, research, essays, etc) and for make-up work or extra help.
- Be on time. Trips to the restroom or your locker should be completed during class change. Your class attendance and promptness is part of your class participation grade.
- Be prepared. Always have your binder, writing utensils, paper, pens and a willingness to learn with you.
- Understand that this class is meant to make you ready for future college level courses that you may elect to take. Misbehavior and lack of focus are unacceptable at this level. Both students and instructors take this class very seriously and put tremendous effort into it. Please behave in a manner that shows that you respect this.
Each day for class you will be required to bring the following materials to class:
-Folder or binder
-Writing utensils (blue or black ink preferred)
Failure to bring these materials to class each day will result in a loss of points in your class participation grade.
Course Schedule (Tentative)
Course introduction and expectations
Map quiz 1 - Middle East
Introduction to AP analysis - contextualization, continuity of change over time, comparison, etc.
Early humans & First civilizations (Mesopotamia & Egypt)
Map quiz 2 - Southeast Asia
Ancient India & China
Belief systems (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism)
Introduction to Short Answer writing in A.P. history
Map Quiz - Europe
Ancient Greece & Rome
Introduction of contextualization & thesis writing
Map quiz - Latin America & Caribbean islands
Belief system - Christianity
Wrap up Ancient Rome
Begin writing LEQ’s (Long essay-questions)
No map quiz - midterm preparation
Empires of the Americas - early civilizations, Mayas, Aztecs, & Incas
Map quiz - Africa
Middle Eastern empires
Belief system - Islam
Extensive document analysis - contextualization - how do you put documents in context to the historical circumstance?
Map quiz - Pacific Islands & Micronesia
Empires of South and Southeast Asia
China - Sui, Tang & Song Empires
Japan, Korea & Vietnam.
Document analysis - What is point of view/bias? How do I identify it in history courses?
Map quiz - South America
Early Europe - medieval period, Byzantine Empire & Renaissance.
How do I write a DBQ for A.P. History?
World patterns of trade - mapping the Columbian Exchange
Age of Exploration
East Asian Empires
End of the year timeline review assignment
Final exam review - preparations for A.P. European History