2017 Summer Assignment: Prepping

updated 6/12/17


Hello! Greetings! Mr. Plencner and Ms. Milanovic 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 11th to prepare for the AP test. Because of this, a lot of work must be done by you on your own time.. always, even during the school year. 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 classrooms 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 us 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 2017-8 APUSH year or you can use the links below. Due to the illegal activities of other teachers (who are not us or related to us in any way), 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

If the link above does not work, try copying and pasting the URL into your browser. Please do not e-mail me without trying what I just wrote and put in bold underlined and italicized. Or try right clicking link and downloading the target file. If none of these work, e-mail Mr. Plencner or Ms. Milanovic and we can send you a copy, but beware, we may be far away in the woods (no joke) and might not be able to get them to you quickly. It could take weeks.

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 Active Reading Notes for Chapter 1 and 2 using the ARN template in handwriting or via computer. Eachs ection corresponds to a RED SECTION in the book. (example below) You can see an example of how to do Active Reading Notes here (link coming soon) and definitely should read the directions right off the template and do exactly as it says. Each section in the book (bigger print) should get its own box. (For example in Chapter 1 there should be a box for the red printed titles: The First Americans and American Empires, etc. ) If you want a printer-friendly version, there is one at www.splencner.com/school and is known as the Geabou template. You must print any computer generated versions to turn in. We do not accept e-mail submissions. Note: this is 2 weeks worth of work. This obviously 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 anymore.)

An ID (for the ID section) 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. It should never be more than two sentences EVER. There is no predetermined list of terms. You pick whatever you consider important or test-worthy. Each section will have at least two and as many as six or seven even.

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.

Part II.) CAN YOU WRITE?: Only after finishing your reading and notes on Chapter 1 and 2 (you might also want to look a bit at 3), 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. Show off. Put your best foot forward. Highlight your thesis statement and underline your topic sentences.

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. Give actual historical examples to support the claims you make in the topic sentences which in turn support the thesis. 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.) Maybe you won't see this EXTRA CREDIT. Travel to any United States’ ffederally run 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.

similarly structured homemade fashion. We strongly suggest doing three or four pages a night and pacing yourself.

American Empires (p.8)

There were great preColumbian empires in meso and SOuth America that had complex systems of government and religion and society. [POL]



Aztec Empire

Great corn based empire in MesoAmerica that at its height had a huge population and tons of wealth. Ruled by priests


 Capital city of the Aztecs, most populous city in the world


 Subject people pay these fees to conquering people like the Aztecs


 Great empire in South America in current day Peru, extremely organized


 Capital city of the Inca in modern day peru


·      How did the Inca economy work considering that the Aztecs used corn?