AP European History

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Welcome to AP Euro

Welcome to AP European History

I hope you had a great summer! Below is a link to turnitin.com so that you can submit your summer reading assignments! I look forward to a wonderful year!

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Course number: 10299793

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Course Overview and Syllabus

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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This course is supported by online resources at: http://www.freewebs.com/apeuronfhs

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:

  • Kagan et. al., The Western Heritage Since 1300, AP* Edition
  • Three inch binder (Serves as Portfolio)
  • Composition Notebook (Serves as Open Response Journal) 

Supplemental readings:

In addition to standard text, student will be asked to read from a variety of historical documents, texts and essays.

Grading Criteria:

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:

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.

Advice from Former Students

AP European History

How to Succeed on the AP Test

Advice from the AP Student Curriculum Committee


  1. Go to the Epic Review Session 
  2. Stay focused the whole 3 hours.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test
  4. Start studying really early. Don’t wait until the week before the test because there is too much content to cover.
  5. Don’t stress out. Stay calm, don’t get flustered in the beginning, while filling out the test booklet.
  6. Study groups are awesome.
  7. Don’t worry about what other people around you are doing during the test, focus on your own test.
  8. Wear comfortable clothes or dress for success…your choice 
  9.  Get a helpful review book and do the practice tests.
  10. No cramming the night before
  11. Get a good nights’ sleep.
  12.  Complete study guide and use it to your advantage.
  13. Bring both pens and pencils.
  14. Bring a water bottle and a snack.
  15.  Do your best, don’t worry about a grade, it is just one test.
  16. Pace yourself on the test and use all of your time.
  17. Read through all the essay questions and choose the ones you know best, plan out your time.

Western Heritage Site Registration

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7.  Account Information - complete or verify your name & school information
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A Metaphor for AP Euro

I'm reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf at the moment, and there was a passage in it that I thought was pretty cool. Thought you might like it. 

The context is a discussion about Oxford University;

"Every Saturday somebody must have poured gold and silver out of a leathern purse into their ancient fists, for they had their beer and skittles presumably of an evening. An unending stream of gold and silver, I thought, must have flowed into this court perpetually to keep the stones coming and the masons working; to level, to ditch, to dig and to drain. But it was then the age of faith, and money was poured liberally to set these stones on a deep foundation, and when the stones were raised, still more money was poured in from the coffers of kings and queens and great nobles to ensure that hymns should be sung here and scholars taught. Lands were granted; tithes were paid. And when the age of faith was over and the age of reason had come, still the same flow of gold and silver went on; fellowships were founded; lectureships endowed; only the gold and silver flowed now, not from the coffers of the king. but from the chests of merchants and manufacturers, from the purses of men who had made, say, a fortune from industry, and returned, in their wills, a bounteous share of it to endow more chairs, more lectureships, more fellowships in the university where they had learnt their craft."

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President Obama