Classpages of Mr. Plencner A.P.U.S.H. Tips

Who is Mr. Plencner?



U.S. History

Debate Team

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

- Aristotle



Above is a photo taken at Mount Rushmore, where the bust of George Washington looks out over the Black Hills.


How do I pass? If you ever find yourself confused by an assignment or frustrated, you might find answers to your questions here. I have collected tips and links that may help you in your quest to pass my class and to pass the AP test. If I forgot anything, let me know. This is your page to build up and to help your classmates. Thanks to Ms. Reed and Mr. Flores for getting it started.



DBQ Tips

Dos and Don'ts (doc) Analyzing Documents (doc) Types of history questions (doc) Sample DBQ Rubric Another DBQ Tip Page Citations


DBQ Examples from Past Tests

2007 Questions & DBQ Samples 2006 Questions & DBQ Samples


General Tips

Note Taking (doc)

This is a really good page about preparing for the AP test! and this is too.


Good Books to Read Before the Test

Don't Know Much About History


What do I think about A.P. prep books?

There are a number of books that offer tips, sample tests, and notes. These are an excellent investment and can be found at used book stores and at for very low prices.

  more to come...


Note! Many of the above link to (doc) file formats, which can be downloaded and opened in MS Word at school. If you have trouble with this, let me know and we can work around it.


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