Most course readings will come from Visions of America (Visions) or from one of the two volumes of The Portrait of America (Portrait). Each student is issued a copy of both Visions and Portrait.
- Visions: For each assigned portion of reading from Visions students will complete, in their own individual handwriting (not typed/photocopied), a PASTIME history analysis chart. These notes are for student use, and will be extremely beneficial when studying for the AP Exam in April. I highly recommend using this method for notes, as the questions on the AP Exam are directly linked to the 7 themes of American history.
Portrait: Reading assignments from Portrait are accompanied by a series of short answer questions at the conclusion of the selection; students are to provide detailed written responses for these questions and to turn them in at the beginning of class on the day they are due.
- PASTIME Blank Form (Ms. Whitebird "might" have some paper copies available in class)
- PASTIME Example Form with Explanations/Suggestions (you've been given a paper copy for your notebook)
- Reading Quizzes: Additionally, student need to be prepared for a reading quiz for each portion of reading from Visions. The exact dates for reading quizzes will NOT be announced ahead of time; therefore, students are expected to consistently read and to be prepared for the potential of having a reading quiz. HOWEVER, on those occasions when a reading quiz is held, students will be able to use the PASTIME chart for that day's reading assignment.
Once each semester a novel will be read to help give further insight into our historic studies: The Killer Angels will be read during the First Semester and The Jungle will be read during the Second Semester. These novels will be issued to students at the appropriate times during the semester.
The Killer Angels Study Guide
In addition other readings and articles will be used and are linked below. Please review the APUSH Homework Calendar for due dates of readings.