Welcome to AP European History
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Course number: 10299793
Course Overview and Rationale:
AP European History since 1450 is a college level course that introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. This knowledge provides students with the background to understand the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present day society, culture and politics.
In addition to providing the basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of the principal themes in modern European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.
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Please refer to this site for all Portfolio Requirements, Home Work Assignments, and Online Assessments. Additionally, a blog is available for you to ask questions and communicate with your peers. Please use all online resources responsibly.
Required Texts and Material:
In addition to standard text, student will be asked to read from a variety of historical documents, texts and essays.
The primary assessment tool for this course will be an ongoing portfolio that will include all class notes, practice tests, written assignments and projects. This portfolio will be collected before the end of each quarter. All required assignments must be kept organized by unit, based on the syllabus and date of assignments. One week before the collection of the portfolio, students will receive an overview of all required materials. This portfolio will serve as the primary study guide for students planning to take the AP exam in May.
Student grades will be based on the following percentages:
· 50% AP Standards, Writing and Assessment
· 25% PBLA's Portfolio and Habits of Mind
· 25% Class Participation and Online Discussions
Summer Reading (Mandatory)
Students will be required to read “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli; this is a short socio-political description of politics within feudal society, the acquisition of principalities and mastery of power. The text is available at, www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm.
Students may also read the chapter titled The Founding from the historical fiction “Sarum” by Edward Rutherfurd. Although reading the entire text of Old Sarum (Sarum Part 1) is recommended it is not required.
Extra help is available before school daily and after school by appointment only.
Study Groups are recommended.
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