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“Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion,
they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”


-- John Adams in court defending the British soldiers
involved in the Boston Massacre.

AP U.S. History (APUSH)



******** There is no summer assignment for APUSH **************

Full Released Exam from 2015 with Answer Key (.pdf file)

Redesigned AP Exam and 2015 Released Exam | AP Exams from 1999-2014 | AP Exam Practice (based on redesign and revised times)

Course Materials (All files are in Acrobat Reader .pdf format):

Course Syllabus
Steps to Success in APUSH with Mr. Dunbar.
Cornell Notes & Evidence Flowchart (CNEF) for all chapters in textbook
View exemplary Cornell Notes & Evidence Flowcharts for Chapter 7:
Sample 1 | Sample 2
View exemplary LEQ Essays for Test on Chapters 5 and 6:
Sample 1 | Sample 2

Schedule of Homework (CNEFs) for entire school year 2015-2016.
Dunbar's Big Debates by Chapter (also for "Evidence Flowchart" portion of your CNEF homework).
LecturePoint: U.S. History (automated lectures with audio!)

AP U.S. History Course and Exam Description (134 pages).
AP U.S. History Exam new format
AP U.S. History Exam Practice
List of Key Concepts from new Course Framework.
List of Essential Questions from new Course Framework.
List of Historical Thinking Skills with writing prompts included.
New writing scoring rubrics: DBQ | LEQ | SAQs (there is no AP rubric for these, just label each part a.) b.) c.) of each question,
directly answer each part with specifics, use the active voice, 1 point for each part answered correctly, 3 points total for each of the 4 questions).

*** Guide to Dunbar's Grading Symbols for Analytical Writing ***
*** Flowchart Outline With relevant evidence ("FLOW") *** for Dunbar's students --> detailed version of flowchart.
*** Quick Flowchart *** for Dunbar's students --> concise version of flowchart.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing (using the passive voice is the first)
"How Texas Teaches History" (and why writing about history in the passive voice is immoral).
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style
Strunk Guide for History

Capstone Project:
Persuasive Essay & Presentation (Thesis Defense) | Sample Essay |
The Keys to Effective Presentations
Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Harvard Guide to MLA citations
University of Maryland MLA guidelines

PowerPoint Notes for AP U.S. History (by textbook Chapter):

PowerPoint Notes:
Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 3
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
(new)

****** AP Exam Review Online: (overview of all major topics on AP Exam): ******

LecturePoint: U.S. History (automated lectures with audio!)
WikiNotes for AP U.S. History (great summaries chronologically)
AP College Board: All FRQs for every AP Exam from 1999-2014
AP College Board: Released AP Practice Exam (based on the new Course Framework)


****** AP Exam Review Documents: (all of them are Acrobat Reader .pdf files): ******

APUSH Review "Packet of Doom" (great resource!)
"Very Concise Review" - just 2 pages
"Presidents Review" with Key Events during each Presidency
"Big Topics Review" chronological with Key Concepts and Definitions
"Colonies by Region" comparison charts
"Political Parties Review" chronological
"U.S. Supreme Court Cases" chronological
"Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution" compared
"Federalists and Anti-Federalists" compared
Giant Review (written by a student, very readable)
THE BEST!!! --> "Key Terms Review" chronological (540 of them!)

Resources for Class Discussions & Debates:

Annenberg Learner: A Biography of America (Video Series)
Harvard Professor Jill Lepore on Metacom's War (King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity)
Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution compared
Federalists and Anti-Federalists compared
The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson -- Smithsonian Magazine
Slavery -- Debate Among Major Historians and their Thesis Statements
Where Historians Disagree: The Origins of the Civil War; Reconstruction; The Origins of Segregation
Eric Foner -- keynote speech at UM: "Proclaiming Emancipation" exhibit opening
James McPherson -- speech at Stanford: "But There Was No Peace: The Aftermath of the Civil War"
Race, Class, and the Future of Ferguson

Additional Links to resources from top colleges and universities:


Yale University: Department of History
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
C-SPAN/iTunes: Lectures in History
Khan Academy: History
Academic Earth: History
Internet Archive: AP U.S. History
Murrin Textbook (4th Edition): "Lecture Presentation"

AP College Board Review Materials:


All FRQs for every AP Exam from 1999-2014
Released AP Practice Exam (based on the new APUSH Course Framework)

Recommended:       Not Recommended:
* AP College Board website -- the best!
* AP Achiever: United States History
(McGraw-Hill; by George Henry)
* Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam
(Princeton Review; by Meltzer and Bennett)
* United States History: Preparing for the
Advanced Placement Examination
(AMSCO: by Newman and Schmalbach)
* Barron's
* KAPLAN
* REA (complete and crash course)
* 5 Steps to a 5
(McGraw-Hill)
* Insider's Guide to AP U.S. History
(by Larry Krieger)
* CliffNotes AP U.S. History


******** 2015 APUSH Summer Assignment **************

**** May 6th: 2016 AP Exam for AP U.S. History (7:30 a.m. at EMU Student Center)****