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

ALL powerpoints, recorded lessons, documents, etc. are posted on TEAMS. If you are absent, please check the files section in TEAMS for the recorded lessons.
APUSH Daily Objectives APUSH Key Concepts
  • Bell Ringer - Civil War Map Labeling
  • The Civil War
  • Doc Analysis - Emancipation Proclamation
  • HW - Gettysburg Address
Key Concept 5.2: Intensified by expansion and deepening regional divisions, debates over slavery and other economic, cultural, and political issues led the nation into civil war.
11/30 - 12/1
  • Reading Quiz - Ch 19-21
  • Presidential Bio - Andrew Johnson
  • Reconstruction Amendments
  • Poll Taxes
Key Concept 5.3:    
The Union victory in the Civil War and the contested reconstruction of the South settled the issues of slavery and secession but left unresolved many questions about the power of the federal government  and citizenship rights.
  • LEQ Practice
Skills are assessed for those that are required on the AP Exam - based upon multiple key concepts
Pre-Law Daily Objectives Pre-Law Standards
  • Mock Trial - Case File
  • Processing - Case files
  • Mock Trial Roles
Application of Various key standards from the course
  • How to object
  • Mock Trial - Case File
  • Processing - Case files
  • Mock Trial Roles
Application of Various key standards from the course
  • Case Brief - Terry v. Ohio
  • Are pat downs searches?
7) Review case law that applies to the scenario or campaign and write a case brief summarizing the issues, the rule of law, the action, and the holding.
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.