Advanced Placement U. S. History

East Windsor High School Mission Statement

Approved Nov. 2008

East Windsor High School is a learning community composed of students, parents, faculty, support staff, and administrators who are in a partnership with caregivers and the community at large. This diverse and changing community will provide a safe and secure learning environment that promotes lifelong learning for all studentsEast Windsor High School will facilitate academic achievement and acquisition of knowledge and skills for future endeavors and develop an appreciation of the arts.  Students will respect themselves and others, lead healthy lifestyles, and become responsible citizens, problem solvers, and effective communicators while making positive contributions to society.

We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone.

Gerda Lerner

Wordle: AP US History

Course Description

This course will be structured to help you develop analytical skills and the factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with topics in United States History. You will demonstrate these skills orally and in written expression. The program should challenge you by creating the demands made by a full-year introductory college level course. Your goal will be to prepare yourself for the A.P. exam and to earn college credit. Solid reading and writing skills, combined with a willingness to devote substantial time to homework and study are necessary for success. Short research papers linking American literature and history will be required work.

Textbooks

American History, Brinkley
United States History, Newman and Schmalbach
Decision in Philadelphia, Collier and Collier
Words of Ages, Larbalestier
The Irony of Democracy (7th ed.) Dye and Zeigler