AP United States History: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP United States History Course and Exam Description.
  • The course includes a college-level U.S. history textbook, diverse primary sources, and secondary sources written by historians or scholars interpreting the past.
  • Each of the course‚Äôs historical periods receives explicit attention.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to apply detailed and specific knowledge (such as names, chronology, facts, and events) to broader historical understandings.
  • The course provides students with opportunities for instruction in the learning objectives in each of the seven themes throughout the course, as described in the AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop coherent written arguments that have a thesis supported by relevant historical evidence. — Historical argumentation
  • The course provides opportunities for students to identify and evaluate diverse historical interpretations. — Interpretation
  • The course provides opportunities for students to analyze evidence about the past from diverse sources, such as written documents, maps, images, quantitative data (charts, graphs, tables), and works of art. — Appropriate use of historical evidence
  • The course provides opportunities for students to examine relationships between causes and consequences of events or processes. — Historical causation
  • The course provides opportunities for students to identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time and connect them to larger historical processes or themes. — Patterns of change and continuity over time
  • The course provides opportunities for students to investigate and construct different models of historical periodization. — Periodization
  • The course provides opportunities for students to compare historical developments across or within societies in various chronological and geographical contexts. — Comparison
  • The course provides opportunities for students to connect historical developments to specific circumstances of time and place, and to broader regional, national, or global processes. — Contextualization
  • The course provides opportunities for students to combine disparate, sometimes contradictory evidence from primary sources and secondary works in order to create a persuasive understanding of the past, and to apply insights about the past to other historical contexts or circumstances, including the present. — Synthesis

Resource Requirements

 
  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level U.S. history textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has copies of primary sources and other instructional materials used in the course for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to support materials for the AP U.S. History course, including scholarly, college-level works that correspond with course topics; writings by major U.S. history authors; and standard reference works such as encyclopedias, atlases, collections of historical documents, and statistical compendiums, either in a school or public library or via the Internet.
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