Social Studies Summer Assignments
The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts through the interaction of different types of human societies. We will examine all of human history paying particular attention to political, social, and economic factors. Emphasis is given to societies found outside of Europe in order to encourage true “world” thinking. Students are expected to analyze primary sources, make comparisons across topics, and evaluate change and continuity over time. This course is reading and writing intensive and students need to be self-motivated.
Whatever you do, do not leave this assignment until the last week of vacation. For some students, this is your 1st real introduction to AP caliber work. AP World History will require you to use your time wisely ALL YEAR. Get off on the right track by planning ahead and pacing yourself with this assignment.
Title of Book: An Edible History of Humanity, Tom Standage
ISBN # 978-0-8027-1991-1
The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and the development of 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 also allows teachers flexibility across nine different periods of U.S. history to teach topics of their choice in depth. (Taken from College Board’s AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework, 2017)
Whatever you do, do not leave this assignment until the last week of vacation. For some students, this is your 1st real introduction to AP caliber work. AP U.S. History will require you to use your time wisely ALL YEAR. Get off on the right track by planning ahead and pacing yourself with this assignment.
The summer assignment is broken up into four parts: reading and note-taking, document analysis, vocabulary development, and synthesis and analysis. All aspects of the assignment are designed to further develop the historical thinking skills necessary for success in APUSH: Causation, Contextualization, Comparison, and Continuities and Change Over Time.
The summer assignment is to continue your study of the American political system with particular focus on the U.S. Constitution. You have examined this document from the historical perspective during your junior year. This assignment is not meant to be treated as busy work to be done last minute, but as an opportunity to take time to meaningfully study the Constitution. Completing this assignment will help you to be successful in AP Government in the fall, but more importantly, help you to become more knowledgeable and engaged citizen thereafter.