AP U.S. History

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Introduction to the Course

0 Course Introduction 05:57

Unit 1 (1491-1607): A New World

1 Introduction to Unit 1 03:46

A brief introduction to what we will explore in Unit 1.

2 Lesson 1: Pre-Columbian America 29:40

An overview of what the Americas were like prior to European exploration and settlement.

3 Review of Lesson 1 Check for Understanding (CFU) 01:05

Short video reviewing the answers of lesson one's check for understanding (CFU)

4 Lesson 2: European Exploration 20:23

An overview of what fueled European exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries.

5 Review of Lesson 2 Check for Understanding 01:25

Short video reviewing the answers of lesson two's check for understanding

6 Lesson 3: Columbian Exchange 17:52

An examination of the impacts of worldwide exchange sparked by European exploration of the Americas.

7 Review of Lesson 3 Check for Understanding 02:02

Watch this video after completing the lesson 3 CFU.

8 Lesson 4 - Cultural Interactions 22:05

An examination of early Spanish colonization of the Americas.

9 Review of Lesson 4 Check for Understanding 01:47

Watch this video after completing the lesson 4 CFU.

10 Review of Short Answer Questions 04:10

After completing the practice short answer questions, watch this video as a review of sample answers.

11 Optional: Introduction to the AP Exam 08:33

An optional lesson in which we look at the components of the AP exam and how it is scored.

12 Unit 1 Assessment 00:00

This is the end of unit assessment for when you have completed Unit 1. Some questions refer to excerpts that can be found in the document entitled, "Unit 1 Assessment Addendum."

Unit 2 (1607-1754): Colonial America

13 Introduction to Unit 2 02:40

A brief introduction to what we will explore in Unit 2.

14 Lesson 1: European Exploration and Settlement 18:58

A comparison of Spanish, French, Dutch, and English colonization in the Americas.

15 Review of Lesson 1 Check for Understanding 01:10

Watch this video after completing lesson 1.

16 Lesson 2: Founding the 13 Colonies 31:18

A chronological overview of how the 13 British American colonies that became the USA were established.

17 Review of Lesson 2 Check for Understanding 01:15

Watch this video after completing the lesson 2 CFU.

18 Lesson 3: Colonial Regions 23:19

A comparison of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

19 Review of Lesson 3 Check for Understanding 01:07

Watch this video after completing the lesson 3 CFU.

20 Lesson 4 - Slavery in the British American Colonies 16:34

An examination of how the system of African slavery developed in the 13 British American colonies.

21 Review of Lesson 4 Check for Understanding 01:16

Watch this video after completing the lesson 4.

22 Lesson 5 - Colonial Society and Culture 19:26

An overview of colonial society, highlighting the impact of the Enlightenment and Great Awakening.

23 Review of Lesson 5 Check for Understanding 00:21

Watch this video after completing the lesson 5.

24 Lesson 6 - Colonies' Relationship with Great Britain 14:57

An exploration of how events and attitudes in Great Britain impacted her colonies.

25 Review of Lesson 6 Check for Understanding 00:36

Watch this video after completing the lesson 6.

26 Optional - Introduction to the DBQ 09:08

An optional lesson that introduces students to a major component of the AP exam -- the Document Based Question.

27 Optional - Review of DBQ Activity 20:33

A review of the DBQ activity students were assigned.

28 Unit 2 Assessment 00:00

End-of-unit test for Unit 2. Please download the document entitled "Unit 2 Assessment Addendum" to help you answer certain questions.

Unit 3 (1754-1800): A New Nation

29 Introduction to Unit 3 03:13

A brief introduction to what we'll learn in Unit 3.

30 Lesson 1: The Seven Years' War 17:27

An examination of the Seven Years' War and its impacts.

31 Review of Lesson 1 Check for Understanding 00:47

Watch this video after completing the lesson 1 CFU.

32 Lesson 2: Road to Revolution 31:36

An examination of the major events leading to the American Revolution.

33 Review of Lesson 2 Check for Understanding 01:04

Watch this video after completing the lesson 2 CFU.

34 Lesson 3: Ideas Behind Independence 19:50

A look at some of the philosophies behind the Declaration of Independence.

35 Review of Lesson 3 Check for Understanding 01:59

Watch this video after completing the lesson 3 CFU.

36 Lesson 4: The Revolutionary War 25:43

A look at the War, itself.

37 Review of Lesson 4 Check for Understanding 00:39

Watch this video after completing the lesson 4 CFU.

38 Lesson 5: How Revolutionary was the Revolution? 29:54

An analysis of the ways in which the American Revolution marked a radical shift, but also had many limitations in its impact.

39 Review of Lesson 5 Check for Understanding 01:02

Watch this video after completing the lesson 5 CFU.

40 Lesson 6: The Articles of Confederation 18:36

A discussion of America's first national government.

41 Review of Lesson 6 Check for Understanding 00:34

Watch this video after completing the lesson 6 CFU.

42 Lesson 7: The Constitutional Convention 21:20

An examination of the debates and compromises of the Convention that created the U.S. Constitution.

43 Review of Lesson 7 Check for Understanding 00:45

Watch this video after completing the lesson 7 CFU.

44 Lesson 8: Ratification 17:16

A discussion of the debates over whether or not states should ratify the Constitution.

45 Review of Lesson 8 Check for Understanding 01:36

Watch this video after completing the lesson 8 CFU.

46 HW Review of Ratification Excerpts 07:40

A video reviewing the homework on the Ratification debate excerpts and questions.

47 Lesson 9: The Federalist Period, Part 1 34:58

A look at the political developments during America's first two presidencies.

48 Review of Lesson 9 Check for Understanding 01:21

Watch this video after completing the lesson 9 CFU.

49 Lesson 10: The Federalist Period, Part 2 25:03

A discussion of the diplomatic developments and relations with Native Americans during America's first two presidencies.

50 Review of Lesson 10 Check for Understanding 01:02

Watch this video after completing the lesson 10 CFU.

51 Introduction to the LEQ 18:54

An introduction to essay writing for this course with special attention to the LEQ-type essay on the AP exam.

52 Unit 3 Assessment 00:00

This is the end of unit assessment for when you have completed Unit 3.

Unit 4 (1800-1848): Antebellum America

53 Introduction to Unit 4 04:35

A brief introduction to what we will learn in Unit 4.

54 Lesson 1: Continuing Debates over the Role and Power of the Federal Government 18:17

A look at political developments in America between 1800 and 1824.

55 Review of Lesson 1 Check for Understanding 01:43

Short video reviewing the answers of lesson one's CFU.

56 Lesson 2: America on the World Stage 27:29

An examination of the War of 1812, westward expansion, conflicts with Native Americans, and emerging presence on the world stage.

57 Review of Lesson 2 Check for Understanding 01:30

Short video reviewing the answers of lesson two's CFU.

58 Lesson 3: Market Revolution - Economic Changes 29:38

An exploration of how technological and economic changes impacted America in the early 1800s.

59 Review of Lesson 3 Check for Understanding 01:12

Short video reviewing the answers of lesson three's CFU.

60 Lesson 4: Market Revolution - Social 19:16

A look at the social and cultural impacts of the Market Revolution.

61 Review of Lesson 4 Check for Understanding 00:42

Watch this video after completing the lesson 4 CFU.

62 Lesson 5: Politics and Regional Interests 21:33

An examination of the Era of Good Feelings, the main political issues of the time period, and how regional interests shaped political debates.

63 Review of Lesson 5 Check for Understanding 01:09

Watch this video after taking the Unit 4, lesson 5 CFU.

64 Lesson 6: Expanding Democracy 25:14

An examination of the increase in participatory democracy in America and the presidency of Andrew Jackson.

65 Review of Lesson 6 Check for Understanding 01:01

Watch this video after completing the lesson 6 CFU.

66 Lesson 7 - American Culture 23:02

A look at the development of both regional and national culture in America during the Early Republic.

67 Review of Lesson 7 Check for Understanding 00:40

Watch this video after completing the lesson 7 CFU.

68 Lesson 8: Religion in America 16:36

An exploration of the 2nd Great Awakening and spiritual developments in America.

69 Review of Lesson 8 Check for Understanding 00:58

Watch this video after completing the lesson 8 CFU.

70 Lesson 9: Antebellum Reforms 29:39

An overview of the major reform movements during the Antebellum Period.

71 Review of Lesson 9 Check for Understanding 00:49

Watch this video after completing the lesson 9 CFU.

72 Lesson 10: African American Experience in the Early Republic 25:56

A look at the developing system of slavery, the ways in which slaves resisted, and the experiences of both enslaved and free African Americans.

73 Review of Lesson 10 Check for Understanding 01:24

Watch this video after completing the lesson 10 CFU.

74 Optional DBQ Assignment 03:05

Introduction to DBQ assignment.

75 Review of DBQ 14:41

Video reviewing the DBQ assignment.

76 Unit 4 Assessment 00:00

End-of-unit test for Unit 4. Please download the document entitled "Unit 4 Assessment Addendum" to help you answer certain questions.

Unit 5 (1844-1877): Civil War and Reconstruction

77 Introduction to Unit 5 03:06

A brief introduction to what we explore in Unit 5.

78 Lesson 1 - Manifest Destiny 22:58

An examination of how and why the U.S. expanded westward all the way to the Pacific coast.

79 Review of Lesson 1 Check for Understanding 02:09

Watch this video after completing the lesson 1 CFU.

80 Lesson 2 - Westward Expansion and Slavery Debates 17:02

An analysis of how westward expansion exacerbated regional debates over slavery.

81 Review of Lesson 2 Check for Understanding 01:15

Watch this video after completing the lesson 2 CFU.

82 Lesson 3 - Abolitionist Movement 11:36

A look at the growing movement to end slavery in America.

83 Review of Lesson 3 Check for Understanding 01:55

Watch this video after completing the lesson 3 CFU.

84 Lesson 4 - Failure to Compromise 18:16

A discussion of how the North and South became increasingly divided in the 1850s.

85 Review of Lesson 4 Check for Understanding 03:00

Watch this video after completing the lesson 4 CFU.

86 Lesson 5 - Secession 14:47

A discussion of what ultimately led to the secession of southern states and the beginning of Civil War.

87 Review of Lesson 5 Check for Understanding 00:59

Watch this video after completing the lesson 5 CFU.

88 Lesson 6: The Civil War - Military 25:53

An exploration of the military strategies and some of the major military events of the Civil War.

89 Review of Lesson 6 Check for Understanding 01:12

Watch this video after completing the lesson 6 CFU.

90 Lesson 7 - Civil War Impacts 26:18

An examination of the political, social, and economic impacts of the War.

91 Review of Lesson 7 Check for Understanding 01:19

Watch this video after completing the lesson 7 CFU.

92 Lesson 8 - Reconstruction Plans 32:56

A comparison of the different plans for Reconstruction after the Civil War.

93 Review of Lesson 8 Check for Understanding 02:11

Watch this video after completing the lesson 8 CFU.

94 Lesson 9: Evaluating Reconstruction 26:40

An analysis of the accomplishments and limitations of Reconstruction.

95 Review of Lesson 9 Check for Understanding 02:25

Watch this video after completing the lesson 9 CFU.

96 Unit 5 Assessment 00:00

End-of-unit test for Unit 5. Please download the document entitled "Unit 5 Assessment Addendum" to help you answer certain questions.

Course Description

In this course, students engage in an in-depth examination of America’s history from before its founding through the Reconstruction era. Students will gain a sophisticated understanding of America’s history through detailed, informative video lectures that tie the historical content to larger concepts and themes. Students will also deepen their understanding of U.S. History through analyzing historical sources, developing historical arguments, and identifying patterns of continuity and change.

While this is an introductory, college-level course, students will be scaffolded with several organizational aids. This course has been recently updated to align with significant changes in the College Board’s AP U.S. History curriculum and exam format.This is part one of a two-part course. Together, these courses prepare students to take the AP U.S. History exam if they so choose.

 

Course Includes

  • Over 16 hours of video instruction!
  • 40 Video Lessons
  • 5 Units
  • Organizational tools for each unit and each lesson
  • A check for understanding at the end of each lesson
  • An end-of-unit assessment for each unit
  • Supplementary readings
  • Source analysis and writing activities
  • Extra, optional video lessons and activities geared toward AP exam preparation
  • Additional resources for parents

 

Course Goals

By taking this course, students will have a deeper understanding of America's history and its relationship to the modern-day. Students will gain important analytical skills and the ability to use various sources to develop strong, original arguments. Upon completion of both Parts 1 and 2 of this course, students will be prepared to take the AP U.S History Exam in May.

 

Target Audience

This video course is primarily intended for high-school students who have an interest in history and advanced skills in reading and writing.

 

Course Requirements

Students should choose one of the approved AP U.S. history textbooks as a supplement to the video lectures.

 

Course Topics

Unit 1 (1491-1607): A New World

  • Lesson 1: Pre-Columbian America
  • Lesson 2: European Exploration
  • Lesson 3: The Columbian Exchange
  • Lesson 4: Cultural Interactions
  • Bonus lesson: Practice with AP-level Short Answer Questions
  • Bonus lesson: Introduction to the AP Exam

 

Unit 2 (1607-1754): Colonial America

  • Lesson 1: European Exploration and Settlement
  • Lesson 2: Founding the 13 Colonies
  • Lesson 3: Colonial Regions
  • Lesson 4: Slavery in the British American Colonies
  • Lesson 5: Colonial Society and Culture
  • Lesson 6: The Colonies’ Relationship with Britain
  • Bonus Lesson: Introduction to the DBQ
  • Bonus Lesson: Review of the DBQ Activity

 

Unit 3 (1754-1800): Creating a New Nation

  • Lesson 1: The Seven Years War
  • Lesson 2: Road to Revolution
  • Lesson 3: Ideas Behind Independence
  • Lesson 4: The Revolutionary War
  • Lesson 5: How Revolutionary Was the Revolution?
  • Lesson 6: The Articles of Confederation
  • Lesson 7: The Constitutional Convention
  • Lesson 8: Ratification
  • Lesson 9: The Federalist Period, Part 1
  • Lesson 10: The Federalist Period, Part 2
  • Bonus Lesson: Review of Federalist and Anti-federalist Essays
  • Bonus Lesson: Introduction to the LEQ

 

Unit 4 (1800-1848): Antebellum America

  • Lesson 1: Debates Over the Role/Power of the Federal Government
  • Lesson 2: America on the World Stage
  • Lesson 3: The Market Revolution - Economic Changes
  • Lesson 4: The Market Revolution - Social Changes
  • Lesson 5: Politics and Regional Interests
  • Lesson 6: Expanding Democracy
  • Lesson 7: American Culture
  • Lesson 8: Religion in America
  • Lesson 9: Antebellum Reform Movements
  • Lesson 10: The African American Experience in the Early Republic
  • Bonus Lesson: DBQ Assignment and Review

 

Unit 5 (1844-1877): Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Lesson 1: Manifest Destiny
  • Lesson 2: Westward Expansion and Slavery Debates
  • Lesson 3: The Abolitionist Movement
  • Lesson 4: Failure to Compromise
  • Lesson 5: Secession
  • Lesson 6: The Civil War - Military History
  • Lesson 7: Civil War Impacts
  • Lesson 8: Reconstruction Plans
  • Lesson 9: Evaluating Reconstruction
  • Teacher: Maureen
  • Areas of expertise: U.S. History, AP U.S. History
  • Education: BA: History, University of Virginia; MA: Teaching, University of Virginia
  • Interests: Travel, exploring the outdoors, exercise, reading, spending time with family
  • Skills: Curriculum Development
  • Associations: Teaching License, Commonwealth of Virginia, Secondary Social Studies
  • Issues I care about: Education, Community Outreach and Activism

I have seven years of experience as a classroom teacher working with a wide-range of students. I believe the study of history is imperative to understanding our current world and one another. I also believe studying history develops important skills like being able to look at issues from multiple perspectives, analyze sources, synthesize information, and develop arguments. I hope this course inspires this same appreciation for history in others.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Unit 1, lesson 1 - Pre-Columbian Readings

Sample answers to the reading questions on Pre-Columbian America.

Unit 1, lesson 2 Assignment - 1491 Reading

Sample answers to the 1491 homework reading questions.

KEY - Unit 1 Checks for Understanding

A key to the brief multiple-choice assessments at the end of each lesson. These are called "checks for understanding." This document includes the answer key to all lessons from Unit 1.

KEY - Unit 1 Assessment

Answer key to end-of-unit assessment for Unit 1

KEY - Unit 2 Checks for Understanding

A key to the brief multiple-choice assessments at the end of each lesson. These are called "checks for understanding." This document includes the answer key to all lessons from Unit 2.

KEY - Unit 2 Assessment

Answer key to the Unit 2 test.

Unit 3, lesson 2 Assignment

Sample answers to the Road to Revolution chart.

Unit 3, lesson 5 Essay Assignment

Some examples of evidence that students could use in their essay.

KEY - Unit 3 Checks for Understanding

A key to the brief multiple-choice assessments at the end of each lesson. These are called "checks for understanding." This document includes the answer key to all lessons from Unit 3.

KEY - Unit 3 Assessment

Answer key to Unit 3 test.

KEY - Unit 4 Checks for Understanding

A key to the brief multiple-choice assessments at the end of each lesson. These are called "checks for understanding." This document includes the answer key to all lessons from Unit 4.

KEY - Unit 4 Assessment

Answer key to the Unit 4 test.

Unit 5, lesson 3 Assignment

Answers to the questions re: source analysis on the slavery debate.

Unit 5, lesson 5 Assignment

Sample answers to the source analysis activity of secession.

KEY - Unit 5 Checks for Understanding

A key to the brief multiple-choice assessments at the end of each lesson. These are called "checks for understanding." This document includes the answer key to all lessons from Unit 5.

KEY - Unit 5 Assessment

Answer key to the Unit 5 end-of-unit test.
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