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Olympia, WA 98501
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A.P. U.S. History: Current work & downloads

Course Syllabus:  KabatSyllabus.pdf           Online Lectures of Book Chapters         

Recent Homework: 

Due Monday, Sept 18:  1st) You will have finished the grid that was started in class on Thursday the 14th on Acts and Actions that led to the Revolution. 2nd) You will have read, understood, made easy to read notes or bulleted sentences (for use in our upcoming debate) on Trade Issues using YOUR side's Mercantilism PDF.   Loyalist_Mercantalism.pdf     Seperatist_Mercantalism.pdf  3rd) Don't forget to look into Chapter 5 (see next line below).

Due Friday, Sept 22:  Chapters 6 (and be finished reviewing Ch. 5).

-- For Chapter 5, I've posted here a 30 min. review for you to do and look over for your own AP Test prep.  You will not turn it in for points.  There are simply AP test-prep items in it, and if you plan to take the AP Test, do this quick review and save it for yourself!  a.p._ch.5_review.docx

-- Chapter 6: Exposure to highlights of the French & Indian War.  If you can do some of these from memory without reading, then great, do that.  And, you will need to read parts of the chapter to find the answers to some questions.  I don't want you spending a whole lot of time on this.  a.p._ch.6_questions.docx (You will be turning in these Ch 6 questions on Friday, and not Ch. 5.)

Due Friday, Sept 15:  The three sections of the 13 colonies; American life in the 17th Century.  AP traditionally likes you to know the foundational differences of the two main sections of the 13 colonies that would become the U.S.  The questions for this chapter cover all possible AP-required knowledge.  Reading: You've got your book at home now. But, just in case, here is the last pdf of a book chapter I will post online--Chapter 4: american_life_17th_cent.pdf   And, here are the questions:  In Google Docs: ap_ch.4_questions  In Word:  ap_ch.4_questions.docx

Special NOTE about the first two weeks of homework: 

Due to the late start of school here in Olympia (compared to the rest of the country), we need to catch up!  The AP test is in early May, and most U.S. school districts started school in August. The test will come on a national date, no matter what our school does.  SO, HOMEWORK will be heavy in this class for only the first two weeks.  Then it will settle into one homework assignment per week (and then you'll say, "Oh wow, this is so much better!").


All Classwork:  

Sept 15:  The class was split in half for a DEBATE that will happen on THURSDAY:  Loyalists v. Sereratgists; those that feel the Colonies should stay loyal to the U.K (no right to rebel) against those that feel the Colonists have a right to rebel.  Not here today?  Read below, pick a side in the upcoming debate, and then, as noted in #1 below, copy the info from your grid and other handouts into three different papers.  (Then students had a chance to work on the grids started on Thursday the 14th.)

1)  The class divided into sides for upcoming debate, and all received a new handout on trade policies that made the colonists angry, and begin debate prep for your side.   DEBATE prep:  You are to channel into any great information into THREE CATEGORIES for the debate:  1) Issues of TAXATION    2) TRADE issues    3) application of class materials to THE SOCIAL CONTRACT.  That is, you are to move information from the grid (that we worked on in class), putting each item under one of these three categories.  Move the best information (stats, quote, your reasoning) from the Taxation Handout into the "taxation" area of your prep work.  Same with the Trade issues on the Mercantilism download (see #3).

2)  Each student received (or will receive) a packet of primary source material on taxation issues, with statistics and rhetoric for both sides that each student is to use to find ammunition for the upcoming debate.  (If absent, you need to pick up one of these in Kabat's classroom.)  Kabat will meet with each half of the class to give pointers on items in this packet; the three things each should make sure they bring up during the debate.  You will pick this packet up on class.

3) Packets on "Trade Issues" are available for download here, and are specific to the side you are on.  So, depending on which side you are assigned for the debate, you need one of the following handouts on trade problems:  Loyalist_Mercantalism.pdf     Seperatist_Mercantalism.pdf

Sept 14:  Students were introduced and worked on worked a grid & handout on major events that lead to the Declaration of Independence and war.  Miss class?  Finish the grid and the reading here in pdf form:  Reading:  Stirrings_of_Rebellion.pdf    Grid: Events_Leading_to_Dec.pdf  (Also, today we wrapped up the notes on the formation of the U.K. and how the penalties that YOU thought of for the colonists at the end of your computer lab will go against the ideal of the U.K, making the colonists mad...)

Sept 13: Went over how Capitalism influenced the Pilgrims, Puritans, and other religious groups, and how the northern colonies became characteristically different than the southern colonies; and finally, how the crown took control of all the colonies to form "The United Kingdom of Great Britain."  If you were not here, the notes are in this pdf of the slides I used on this day and the previous class day:  Key class concepts.pdf  Then, debriefed the important ending solutions to your computer lab work (that the colonists should pay taxes, and some trade restrictions be placed on them).  Added three lines of notes to your notes book.  If time, we introduced a fill-in grid that you will work on in class tomorrow.  Not here?  Well, ask a classmate about the general discussion and small resulting notes (or ask Kabat after school).

Sept 12:  We finished the lab that was started yesterday. If you were absent, use an old Powerpoint version to finish. It is not quite the same, but close enough. However, it only shows correctly in Powerpoint. If you use slides, the links won't work, and the font moves all over the place. So, here is a download for use in Powerpoint:  Navigation.ppsx

Sept 11:  LAB: Trade and financial concerns begin to strain relations between the 13 colonies and England.  Download this powerpoint, work through it, answering numbered questions:  Navigation.ppsx  NOTE: Due to the intricate interactions in this powerpoint (it has links and "buttons" to other slides), it MUST run in Powerpoint, and not in any old powerpoint-"like" program.  If you were not in class and do not have Microsoft's Powerpoint program at home, then you will need to do this on a school computer before or after school. Or, you can set up a FREE student account with Microsoft 365 (cloud), and actually download the entire Microsoft Office Suite for free. --But, download and install would take you a while...

Sept 8: Discussed the three main concepts that weave through all our studies this year. You will be asked about these repeatedly. Here is the slide show used in class. But we had examples, questions, and comments that obviously are not in the slides:  Key class concepts.pdf 

Sept 7:  Land Claims Game

Sept 6 First day of school!  Here is what you need to know:

  • Explanation of this AP class, taking questions about the class and grading, and if time, starting a little group work called The Land Claims Game!
  • Due to the late start of school here in Olympia (compared to the rest of the country), we need to catch up!  The AP test is in early May, and many districts started school in August. The test will come on a national date, no matter what our school does.  SO, HOMEWORK will be heavy in this class for only the first two weeks.  Then it will settle into one homework assignment per week.  Thus, -- Homework assigned right away--Today!  Chapter 2 of our AP Text and study questions are due on this Friday.  See the Homework-download section above.  Click on the links which will download the reading and the questions, and then work on them on a computer.  (You will get an actual textbook next week.  For now, we will use downloadable chapters via pdf.)
  • As for Chapter 1 of our text?  A lot of it is very World History-oreiented.  It would be a good idea to read it.  Chapter one covers everything from Pangea, native tribes of the Americas, the European explorers, and such.  AP test prep indicates that many such items are fair game or used as tie-ins to greater subjects about Native Americans in general or land claims.  However, we do not have time to go over these in this class.  For now, here is a download of Chapter 1, but it will also be available when you get an actual textbook checked out to you.  Chapter 1 of The American Pageant.pdf