- The teacher has read the most recent AP United States History Course Description.
- The course includes the study of political institutions, social and cultural developments, diplomacy, and economic trends in U.S. history.
- The course uses themes and/or topics such as those listed in the Course Description, selected at the teacher's discretion, as broad parameters for structuring the course. The themes are designed to encourage students to think conceptually about the American past and to focus on historical change over time. The topic outline is suggested as a general guide for AP teachers in structuring their courses; it is not intended to be prescriptive of what teachers must teach.
- The course teaches students to analyze evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.
- The course includes extensive instruction in analysis and interpretation of a wide variety of primary sources, such as documentary material, maps, statistical tables, works of art, and pictorial and graphic materials.
- The course provides students with frequent practice in writing analytical and interpretive essays such as document-based questions (DBQ) and thematic essays (see the Course Description for more information).
- 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writings by major American authors; as well as standard reference works such as encyclopedias, atlases, collections of historical documents, and statistical compendiums, either in a school or public library or via the Internet.