Ms. Brotherton

Welcome to BHS APUSH! We will have a challenging year filled with thought- provoking reading and engaging discussions and activities. My goal is to prepare you not only to pass the APUSH History Exam in May of 2013, but also to become active and informed citizens who possess a deep knowledge of our history. To achieve these goals, we need to work over the summer.
The summer work described below is designed with several purposes in mind:
1) To help you start thinking like an historian. What do we really know about what happened in the past, and how do we know it? What evidence do we use to understand history, and how reliable is that evidence? What is the truth behind the myths that have evolved about our nation’s past?
2) To accelerate our movement through the APUSH curriculum. As you will come to learn, the content that the College Board requires us to cover in this course is simply too big for one school year. We will battle this reality all year using various strategies, one of which is to examine the colonial and revolutionary periods through independent reading and analysis over the summer.
3) To orient you to the workload and variety you will have this year. Reading college-level writing--carefully, closely, actively—is your primary homework all year long. You will demonstrate your absorption of your reading by analyzing and responding to it in a variety of ways.
SUMMER WORK: SUMMARY (Details appear on attached pages and on Moodle*):
I. Due August 1 (submit on
1) Read “Digital History” online textbook and AMSCO chapters 1 and 2; type answers to “key concept” questions and identify key terms; prepare for MC test in September. (questions and terms posted on Moodle)
2) Complete “Digital History” primary document modules: answer questions
3) Read and write a book review of Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower (Penguin, 2007).
II. Due August 29 or 30 (hard copy, hand in on first day of class):
4)Read “Digital History” online textbook and AMSCO chapters 3,4,5; type answers

to “key concept” questions and identify key terms; prepare for MC test in

September. (questions and terms posted on Moodle)

5)Read Gordon Wood's The American Revolution: A History (Random House, 2002) and type 2-3 page book notes.
6)Read prologue of After the Fact and listen to one online lecture; write notes/outline for each.
1) Go to “Moodle” ( and register if necessary.

Log into “AP United States History” under “Social Studies/Brotherton.”

Enrollment key: “filibuster”

Moodle will be our course “base camp” for the school year, beginning in late June. Familiarize yourself with our course page, and visit it often. More details about summer assignments will be listed there.
2) Go to and create an account if necessary by clicking on “create account” on the upper right.

Then register if APUSH 2012-2013; class ID: 515734; password: filibuster

You will submit your summer work on Turnitin.

This assignment has three parts:
1a. Read first four chapters of “Digital History Online Textbook” : “The First Americans,” “Exploration and Discovery,” “Colonization,” “The Origins and Nature of New World Slavery,” and “Patterns of Change, 1770-1775.” Note that each of these chapters has several “pages;” you can either read them online or print them out.
1b. Read chapters one (“Exploration, Discovery, and Settlement”) and two ( “The Thirteen Colonies and the British Empire”) of United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (Amsco School Publications, 2004). If you came to the June informational meeting, you signed out one of these books. Reasonably priced copies are also available on Amazon.
TYPE your answers to “Key Concept” questions, and familiarize yourself with the “key terms.” (found on Moodle)
Rationale: It is essential that college-bound students learn to identify key information in a text. Over the course of this year you will become an expert at reading many pages of text and pulling the essential information from those pages.

Moreover, the AP US History exam is incredibly thorough, and students are often tested on both common and obscure knowledge of U.S. History. Since it is logistically impossible for me to discuss in class all of the material you will need to know to do well on the test, it is essential that you carefully read your textbook over the course of the year. In the summer months, one of your “textbooks” will be online. The book that you signed out, known as “AMSCO,” is not a textbook but a review book. Familiarize yourself with the types of Multiple Choice questions asked in the book ; this type of question will appear on your tests all year and on the APUSH exam in May.
2: Complete “Digital History” primary document modules: answer questions.
Rationale: The ability to analyze primary documents is a vital skill for Advanced Placement history students—continual practice is necessary. These particular sets of primary documents address significant aspects of life in colonial America, the major focus of your independent studies over the summer.
Visit “Digital History” website and read primary document collections: “The Peopling of America” and “The Puritan Mind.” TYPE answers to all questions (total: 19), writing complete/multiple sentences as appropriate for each question. Consult Moodle for direct links to each collection AND for more information.
3. Read and write a 2-3 page book review of Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower (Penguin, 2007). See Moodle for more instructions and a sample book review.
Rationale: Mayflower provides an in-depth look at the first English settlers of Massachusetts, and many people also find it to be a good read. Writing a review of any book forces you to summarize and evaluate its contents; these are two very important skills that good history students should master.

(through American Revolution)
DUE: First day of class (August 29 or 30).

Please have paper copies of this work ready to hand in on that day.

This assignment has three parts:
4a. Read the next two chapters in “Digital History”: “The American Revolution” and “The Founders.”
4b. Also, read chapters three (“Colonial Society in the Eighteenth Century”), four (“Imperial Wars and Colonial Protest”), and five (“The American Revolution and Confederation”) of United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (Amsco School Publications, 2004).

TYPE your answers to “Key Concept” questions, and familiarize yourself with the “key terms.” (found on Moodle)
5. Read Gordon Wood's “The American Revolution: A History” (Random House, 2002) and write 2-3 pages of book notes using the assigned format. Further instructions and sample notes will be posted on Moodle.
Rationale: Gordon Wood is a well-recognized and currently practicing scholar (at Brown University) who is an expert on the Revolutionary Era. This concise summary of the Revolution is critically acclaimed and very readable. If you read it carefully, it should provide you with a deep understanding of this time period.
6. Read prologue of After the Fact and listen to one online lecture (podcast) by a currently practicing historian; write “one-page notes” for each.
Rationale:Historians work in particular ways; we will use After the Fact throughout the year to consider historians' methods. Furthermore, it is important to stay up to date on what historians are currently thinking/writing/saying about events and trends in our past. It is also important to be able to discern an historian’s thesis, and to understand how he or she uses evidence to support that thesis.
Due Tuesday or Wednesday, August 29 or 30:Twosets of TYPED “one-page notes:” one for the chapter and one the online lecture. A copy of the chapter will be linked on Moodle, as will links to choices of podcasts. Notes should include thesis, author, supporting details, evidence, connections, and questions. More instructions and examples will also be on Moodle.