Brandon Eldridge » Mr. Brandon Eldridge, AP US History (APUSH), Pre-Law

Mr. Brandon Eldridge, AP US History (APUSH), Pre-Law

  APUSH Pre-Law
  • James Buchanan Bio
  • Southern Secession
  • Contextualization/Thesis - Lincoln on Slavery DBQ
  • Mock Trial Preparation
  • Voir Dire Questions
  • Abraham Lincoln Bio
  • Civil War
  • Evidence - Lincoln on Slavery DBQ
  • Mock Trial Preparation
  • Assassination of Lincoln
  • Conclusion - Lincoln on Slavery DBQ
  • Mock Trial Preparation
Course Information
The AP U.S. History course focuses on developing historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and developing students' abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present. Seven themes of equal importance — American and National Identity; Migration and Settlement; Politics and Power; Work, Exchange, and Technology; America in the World; Geography and the Environment; and Culture and Society — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places. The course spans nine periods of U.S. History and we will be exploring these together throughout the year.

Exam Format

Section I: Part A

Multiple Choice — 55 Questions | 55 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

  • Questions appear in sets of 2 to 5.
  • Students analyze historical texts, interpretations, and evidence.
  • Primary and secondary sources, images, graphs, and maps are included.

Section I: Part B

Short Answer — 3 Questions | 40 Minutes | 20% of Exam Score

  • Required: Question 1- Periods 3-8
  • Required: Question 2- Periods 3-8
  • Choose between   Question 3: Periods 1-5 OR Question 4: Periods 6-9

Section II: Part A

Document-Based — 1 Question: Periods 3-8 | 60 Minutes (includes 15-minute reading period) | 25% of Exam Score

  • Assess written, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidence.

Section II: Part B

Long Essay — 1 Question | 40 Minutes | 15% of Exam Score

  • 1 question, chosen from three options on the same theme:
    • Periods 1-3
    • Periods 4-6
    • Periods 7-9                                                                       
Period 1 Study Guide
Period 2 Study Guide
Period 3 Study Guide
Period 4 Study Guide
Period 5 Study Guide
Period 6 Study Guide
Period 7 Study Guide
Period 8 Study Guide
Period 9 Study Guide


Spring Pictures

Spring Picture Day will be Friday, March 26. These are optional. The students will be able to select 1 of 3 background options, but don't appear in the yearbook.