Book Title: The American Pageant

     The American Vision 

Course Goal/Overview: 

*AP US History-

The Advanced Placement course in U.S. History is designed to provide students with analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The year-long program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those of a full-year introductory college course. Students will learn to evaluate historical sources and their relevance to a given problem. The Advanced Placement course will require critical thinking and extensive outside requirements in reading, research, and writing. Near the conclusion of the course the students may take the Advanced Placement test. The score on this test will determine whether he/she can exempt freshman U.S. History in college.

Admission to the program is open to college-bound juniors and seniors who show excellence in the freshman and sophomore years. All students must be recommended by a social studies teacher. A summer reading is required.

College in the High School-U.S. History I-

History of persons and events that have contributed to the American way of life. Topics include settlement of the new continent, the American Revolution, construction of a constitution and government, and the development of an economic system. Problems of reconciling differences among various groups are considered in relation to the Civil War. Students must meet the same requirements as those college students taking the course on the HACC campus. There is a $50 per credit course fee ($150). Upon the successful completion of the course, students will receive 3 transferable HACC credits.

College in the High School-U.S. History II-

History of persons and events that have contributed to life in America from the Civil War to the present. Topics include Reconstruction of the South; building of an industrialized America, 1865-1898; taming of the West; Spanish-American War; the Progressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson; World War I; the Uncontrolled Twenties; the Great Depression; World War II; rebuilding a Tired America, 1945-1961; the New America, 1961 to present. Students must meet the same requirements as those college students taking the course on the HACC campus. There is a $5

L2 US History-

This Level 2 course is designed to provide college-bound students the opportunity to investigate social science concepts at a high level. It is designed to present a contemporary view of the American experience. From the beginning of the Depression through the present day, Americans have witnessed revolutionary changes in our role at home and abroad. Since the course is primarily contemporary, it will also allow the students the opportunity to draw on recent resources as well as people who experienced or were exposed to many of the events as they occurred. By taking this course, students will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the United States today and the active role they should play as citizens.

L3 US History-

This Level 3 course will help prepare students for college and/or the workplace. The curriculum will mirror that of the Level 2 course. Students will participate in activities designed to increase social studies literacy and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary and reading skills and the development of writing and speaking skills necessary for success in the future. The pace of instruction is designed to meet student needs. By taking this course, students will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the United States today and the active role they should play as citizens.

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