• Advanced Placement US History

    Laura Guidry

    lguidry@madison-schools.com

     “As a means of knowledge, history becomes a means of judgment. It offers an understanding of both the variety and unity of a nation whose motto is E Pluribus Unum—out of many, one. It reminds us of the diverse abundance of our people, coming from all races and all parts of the world, of our fields and mountain ranges, deserts and great rivers, our green farmlands and the thousand voices of our cities. No revolution in communication or transportation can destroy the fact that this continent is, as Walt Whitman said, “a nation of nations.” Yet it also reminds us that, in spite of the diversity of ethnic origin, of geographic locale, of occupation, of social status, of religious creed, of political commitment, Americans are united by an ancient and encompassing faith in progress, justice, and freedom.”            -President John F. Kennedy

     Kennedy, John F. “On History.” American Heritage, Feb. 1964. https://www.americanheritage.com/content/jfk-on-history

    Introduction

    This course is intended for juniors who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to a college-level U.S. History survey course.  This course covers 1491-present and is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and knowledge necessary to understand major developments in U.S. history.  Students will study primary and secondary source evidence, analyze a wide array of historical facts and perspectives, and express historical arguments in writing. 

    To be successful, students should expect to spend several hours each week preparing for this class.  There will be regular homework, primarily consisting of independent reading assignments from various sources.  Students will complete writing assignments regularly both in and out of class.  Falling behind in reading or writing poorly will result in poor performance in this course.

    Class procedures can be found here.  Coursework will be regularly uploaded to Canvas.  Parents are encouraged to make an Observer account to follow along in the class.

    Summer Assignment

    AP US History summer work can be found on the summer APUSH Canvas course.  Email Mrs. Guidry at lguidry@madison-schools.com if you need to be added to the course.