AP US History

Advanced Placement United States History Syllabus

Mrs. R. Moore
Millington High School 


The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide the college-bound student with the critical thinking, skills, content, and time management abilities that will lead to academic success at the post-secondary level.  In addition, students prepare all year for the national AP exams in May, high performance on which can earn college credit and improve a student’s chances at college admission and scholarships.  In our study of US history from 1607 to the present, we use both a primary text (The American Pageant) and a broad range of primary source documents to analyze the origins, development, and turning points of American history, examined through the context of economies, politics, diplomacy, social change, and culture.

A major focus of the AP History course is instruction over and the development of writing the college-level historical essay, in accordance with AP essay rubrics.  A multiple of released AP prompts- both free-response and Document-Based Questions will be analyzed, discussed, and written; released student samples will likewise be analyzed and discussed to familiarize students with the high standards of historical writing which AP students should aspire. 

Course Objectives

1. to survey United States history in a rigorous manner
2. to provide a broad, extensive understanding of US history
3. to provide a deeper understanding of selected events, persons and trends
4. to emphasize analysis of documentary evidence
5. to focus on the preparation and writing of analytical essays
6. to include debates and simulations when time allows

Grades:  We will work in time units for this course.  With each unit there will be: weekly reading quizzes, unit test, unit essay (in-class),homework, classwork, and at least one project.  Each category is weighted equally so it is imperative to not miss an assignment and to stay caught up.  The intent of this course is to prepare students to successfully pass the AP Exam on May 8th!


Brinkley AP US History Vol 15
American Spirit Volumes I & II
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