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AP United States History, First Semester

Time limit: 182 days
1 credit

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Course Overview

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year college US history course. Along with the second semester course, it will also prepare students for the AP US History exam given in May of each year. This First Semester course will focus on early US history, beginning with the colonial period and continuing up through the civil war and its immediate aftermath. Students will develop skills in critical and evaluative thinking, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography.

The course is designed for fourth-year high-school students. Students intending to take the AP exam are given a suggested timeline for completing both semesters by May.

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None, but Diploma students should first take either two semesters of World History and Civilization or two semesters of Geography and History of the World.

Required Materials

The required textbook for this course is
Kennedy, David, et al. The American Pageant: A History of the Republic. 13/e. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
ISBN13 9780618479283

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