Dear Students for all AP Fall/Spring 2019 & 2020,
I have not assigned summer reading this year for my AP classes due to the fact that in previous years, class change was so great that it became quite difficult to hold students accountable for the work and as a result summer reading turned into October reading taking much needed study time away from the regular class.
The demands of the state EOC in U.S. History for first semester APUSH students where we need to cover the time period from the causes of the Civil War to approximately to 2016 calls for a different approach in terms of responsible teacher and student time management. The same holds true for AP European History and because we only have a semester to cover 1450-2010 in Europe we will also move away from the summer reading. However, if you are taking either of these classes, I encourage you to find an area of interest and read up on it. For example, biographies are great and provide historical insight beyond a survey class. I still enjoy perusing the stacks in libraries and book stores for inspiration on what to read. Below, I have a list of supplies needed for my class hoping that your parents can take advantage of sales to have everything ready by the first day of class.
All classes: I. A Notebook that has at least 100-150 pages. I do NOT want the small composition books.
#1 This year teachers are expected to have a “portfolio” for all students and your portfolio will be your INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK. It will be available at any point to be graded and is expected to be available at any parent conference to show your parents what you are learning and responsible for. The notebook should be sturdy and big enough to hold notes, drawings, maps, and specific handouts which might include charts, etc. This will become an invaluable study resource for the May 2020 AP exams.
#2 Binder,dividers, and notebook paper. For European History–6 dividers–“How to’s”-includes things like Rubrics and examples of excellent work, Returned Work, 1450-1648, 1648-1789, 1789-1914, 1914-2010.
AP United States History Binder (APUSH) –fall semester– 14 dividers–“How to’s”-includes things like Rubrics and examples of excellent work, Returned Work, Civil War, Reconstruction, Gilded Age, Imperialism, Progressive Era, 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and 21st century. (Will include seminar pieces put in correct time period)
#3 Pens and Pencils–Black or dark blue pens are used for writing assignments. Pencils both regular and colored may be used in Interactive Notebook.
#4 General classroom supplies: one box tissues, one package of baby wipes to clean desks, one roll of paper towels.
AP European students should bring a $20 check made out to Haynes so we can order their AP prep book at a discount. We will be using this resource extensively so please try to send in as soon as possible.
APUSH students please buy or beg the AMSCO prep book from my previous students–we will use this both semesters. And for second semester do the same for Alan Taylor’s “American Colonies” which we will use 2nd semester.
I would like to thank each of you in advance for helping me get the year off to a good start. I look forward to meeting parents on Tuesday, August 6th, at our early OPEN HOUSE nights. Sincerely, Mrs. Patricia Becker–any questions or concerns -email me at my school system address.