2016 Summer Assignment: Prepping

updated 6/23/16


Hello! Greetings! Mr. Plencner and Mr. McGowan are looking forward to teaching you next year. APUSH is a tough class in which you will answer a lot of questions. We will start quick and fast when summer is over because we only have until May 5th to prepare for the AP test. Because of this, a lot of work must be done by you on your own time. This independence is part of APUSH in the summer and during active classes. Make sure you are up to the challenge before you walk into our room in SEPTEMBER. (September, a lot closer than it looks right now.) This assignment is a major grade and must be ready to be turned in the first week of school. Read directions carefully and do not stray from them.

 Notify me that you have read this or you will not get credit for anything you do in this assignment. E-mail us notification at smplencner@cps.edu

  Have a wonderful summer and stay out of trouble.

Warning! Achtung! Cuidado!

This assignment was meant to be spaced out over the summer. Not only will you kill yourself with work when you're supposed to be having fun, but if you do it all at once you will not learn the things we want you to learn. So word to the wise... space it out!


Part I.) DIVE INTO THE TEXT: You have either been issued a copy of America’s History, our textbook for the 2016-7 APUSH year or you can use the links below. Thanks to the illegal activities of other teachers, you can find chapters 1-3 in pdf version below:

Chapters 1 & 2 http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/eastmecklenburgHS/Documents/American%20History%20Assignment%201.pdf
Chapter 3  http://www.teachinginsanity.net/APUSH/Unit%2001/Henretta%20Chapter%2003%20TEXT.pdf

If the links above do not work (The second one is the trickier of the two), try copying and pasting the URL into your browser. Or try right clicking them and downloading the target file. If none of these work, e-mail me and I can send you a copy, but beware, I may be far away in the woods and might not be able to get them to you quickly.

Remember that your text is only ONE point of view on American history. It is important that we get started reading on our "Reading Schedule" right away so please do 12 ID's for Chapters 1 and 12 ID's for Chapter 2 and 12 ID's for Chapter 3, for a total of 36 ID's. This also must be handwritten and cannot be copied from another student or from any of the wonderful and useful AP notes pages online. (Any cheating or copying of work in this class is a high crime and will be sent to the dean and detentions and suspensions will follow. We simply do not tolerate that sort of behavior.)

An ID does not so much define a given term or person as much as it explains he SIGNIFICANCE of that term or person. It should do so specifically and should include in its text at least 2 related ID's, also from the list, which should be identified through underlining. It should never be more than three sentences EVER. 

For example (and NOW you can't do this one for the assignment):
Here is a bad one that simply defines the ID:
John Smith- An explorer and early colonist at Jamestown. He became a leader of the community. He also acted as guide to the Pilgrims.

Here is a good one that is specific and explains importance and historical significance in only two wonderfully contrite sentences, with other Ids underlined:
John Smith- He was the leader of Jamestown that was responsible for instituting the "Work and Eat" law that helped the colony survive its first year. He also was instrumental in gaining the acceptance and support of the local Powhatan Native American group through relations with Powhatan and Pocahantos.

Part II.) CAN YOU WRITE?: Only after finishing your reading and notes, please respond to one of the following questions in a 5-6 paragraph essay. Follow “the Skeleton” at www.splencner.com/school for guidance on what this looks like, if you are confused at all. We want to see your skills so write to impress. It should be written in a formal academic tone.

Provide historical evidence for any and all claims and be mindful that you ATFQ (Answer the Full Question) in your thesis. Your thesis should be pointed and not vague in any way. This should be handwritten, as is all work in APUSH.

 Question A) How did structures and ideas put in place in the British colonies between the years 1607 and 1754 set the foundation for the democratic republican ideals that became such an instrumental part of the American Revolution?

 Question B) How did patterns of settlement in the British colonies between the years 1607 and 1754 lead to the development of Sectionalism that dominated American politics in the early National period?

Part III.) EXTRA CREDIT. Travel to any United States’ National Park Service unit this summer and you get extra credit. All you have to do is bring the park passport cancellation stamp (ask the ranger) on a piece of clean paper AND the official park brochure (it has a black border with white lettering). A park that deals with history will get extra extra credit points. Be prepared to answer any questions about your visit. National Parks can be found at this website: www.nps.gov and learn more about the National Parks at http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/ . Please note that you get the same amount of extra credit for visiting 1 national park as for visiting 700 national parks and you should not demand that your parents bring you to a park becuase of this assignment. This is extra credit, but not enough to drive 900 miles out of your way.