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    APUSH Summer Homework Checklist

    Summer Homework Packet I will let you know when the summer homework is ready.

    I will try to bring everyone a copy of the homework, but if you dont get one or you lose

    it, then you can:

    o Before Summer Break - Stop by my classroom (G215)

    o After Summer Break begins find it on Pittsburg High School Website under

    Academic Programs

    American Pageant, 16th Edition Make sure to pick up the textbook from the library

    before you leave for the summer!

    Make sure you have internet access or library access over the summer Part of the

    summer homework involves a book that can be found either in a library or online.

    Optional If you can pick up the AMSCO United States History Prep Book, also in the

    library, then pick this up as well. We will be using this book to help explore topics more

    thoroughly throughout the year, so if the book is available in the library then pick it up!

    If not, no worries, it will be available at the start of next school year as well.

    Stop by G215 or email Ms. Parfitt if you have any questions ([email protected])

    Check out the class website parfittapush.weebly.com

    mailto:[email protected]

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    APUSH Summer Assignment

    Worth 425 points (75 pts/chapter questions, 50 pts for flash cards, 25 pts/Zinn Chapter)

    As a student of AP US History you will have a couple of responsibilities over the summer to get you prepared for class this fall.

    All three assignments are required, and I would recommend taking note of when the assignments are due.

    Summer Assignment:

    Part 1: You will be reading Chapters 1-4 in The American Pageant. The rationale is that college-bound students need to learn

    to interact with the text in a positive and productive manner. Learning to identify key information in a text is a skill that will

    serve any student of social studies for years to come. As well, the AP US History exam is incredibly thorough, and students are

    often tested on both well-known and obscure knowledge of US History. It is essential that you carefully read your entire

    textbook over the course of the year. Along with your reading of chapters 1-4, complete the questions that are

    provided. You must answer all questions in handwritten form and in your own words. The rationale is that in AP simply

    answering a question or defining a term on content only is half the process. You will need to learn how to analyze and make

    connections between individuals, events, and time periods. Simply copying information out of a textbook is not only a form of

    plagiarism but you are simply not connecting with the material.

    Make sure to pick up the textbook before you leave for summer break!

    Part 2: Next, you will be making flashcards for all of the key terms and people to know at the end of each chapter. (p. 23, 40,

    60, 76) See below for how to complete your flashcards. If you would like to complete our flash cards on Quizlet.com, you can

    by joining the class quizlet site - https://quizlet.com/join/uHdvw69Mu. If you pick this route, please wait until the due date to

    share the flashcards


    Part 3: Lastly, you will be Directions: Read Pages 1-58 (Chapters 1-3) of A Peoples History of the United States by Howard


    Links to Zinn:




    This presents American history in a different context than is usually presented in elementary, secondary and even college

    textbooks. It will probably raise a lot of questions as to why history is presented differently in this book than it is in your

    textbook. Answer the questions attached using the same guidelines that were provided for the American Pageant textbook

    questions. The summer assignment is due on August 19th. Any late assignments will

    receive no credit! Manage your time wisely! I suggest you do not wait until the last remaining week of summer to start your

    assignment. Pace yourself- a chapter here, a chapter there. This will allow you to enjoy your summer much more.


    Chapter Period of US History

    Your name

    Brief definition/description




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    1. Enjoy your summer. Reading a few chapters of a couple of books, answering a few questions, making some flashcards, and

    a trip to Office Max should not consume your free time. Go climb a tree, take a swim, or stroll the mall with friends. You will

    wish for that free time during the year!

    2. Explore history. If you take a vacation, see if you can stop at a historical marker along the way. Or, do a little research

    about the place you are visiting. Take the time to start thinking historically. History is all around you, if you can see it! If you

    are not traveling physically, you can always do so virtually! Many museums and historical places are online!

    3. Read. Try to read several books over the course of your summer. You will do a ton of reading in this class this year and if

    you are not in the habit of turning pages it will be much more difficult to adjust. Read fiction, if that is your choice, but try

    picking up a historical book as well. There are some really wonderful page-turners about American history.

    4. Write. Keep a journal for the summer, or try writing a short story. The more you write the easier it is to write well. You will

    do a lot of writing in this class. The more comfortable you are with writing the more successful you will be.

    5. Become an informed Junior Citizen! Read the newspaper (and not just the sports section!). Watch CSPAN. Try to keep

    updated on the worlds events. Develop an opinion about the governments successes and failure. Most of what we learn in

    this class will directly relate to what is happening the world today.

    6. Learn your geography. Geography is going to play an important part of this course. Do you know all 50 states? Learn them.

    Can you find the major mountain ranges of the U.S. on a map? What about rivers, oceans and lakes? Memorize them! The

    more you know about our geography the farther ahead you will be.

    7. Watch history movies! If you have a free evening and would like to watch a movie try something historical. Visit

    http://www.historyplace.com/films/index.html for suggestions, or type good history movie into Google and see what comes


    8. Memorize the Presidents. You will need to do this anyway before May so you might as well get a jumpstart on it. Try to do

    them in blocks of three: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (pause) Madison, Monroe, Adams

    9. Explore your family history. Stuck for a conversation starter at dinner? Ask your parent or guardian what it was like when

    they were growing up. Or ask a grandparent or older friend about the Vietnam Era, or World War II. Youll be surprised how

    interesting peoples lives really are.

    10. Think Like a Pirate! When looking at history, always keep in mind the Political, Intellectual, Religious, Artistic,

    Technological, Economic, and Social aspects of events.

    And be prepared to be immersed in history! Your teacher is a true history nerd and loves the excitement of US History. Lets

    make this an amazing year! I expect you to put forth your best effort, as I will do. We will learn a lot, and hopefully have fun

    learning about our amazing history!

    Other tips:

    Check out the class website parfittapush.weebly.com

    Watch some of John Green: Crash Course in U. S. History. These videos generally run 12-14 minutes. John Green does talk

    fast but if you repay parts of the video you can pick up key concepts for the course. Just use the following link or Google:

    John Green, Crash course in United States History. All the segments are on YouTube.


    And, if you have any questions, just send me an email anytime at [email protected]


  • Name Per Directions for Part 1: For each question you should provide a brief description of each term that you should know and a

    response to each question. For each term think beyond just what it is, but more importantly its significance to the

    greater idea or theme being addressed in the chapter or section. Your response for each question should be thorough

    and should be written in a complete sentence. The more thorough your response, the greater off you will be in terms of

    your preparation for class discussions, quizzes, and the AP exam.

    Part 1 p. 2-3 Founding the New Nation

    Know: Old World, New World

    1. What conditions existed in what is today the US that made it fertile ground for a great nation?

    Chapter 1 p. 4-24

    New World Beginnings The Shaping of North America

    Know: Appalachian Mountains, Tidewater Region, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, Great Lakes, Missouri-Mississippi-Ohio

    River System

    2. Speculate how at least one geographic feature affecte