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The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

  • Letters of Reference

    Over the course of the year, you will need to acquire letters of reference from various individuals, including teachers, in order to apply for various things (college, scholarships, awards, etc.). I consider it an honor and privilege to provide these letters of reference, but I will do so only under the following conditions:

    1. You must provide a resume with your request so that I may speak more specifically to your achievements. Also, provide as much specific information about the organization to which you are applying so that I may address that organization specifically.

    2. You must allow for an appropriate amount of time between your request and when the letter is needed. My general rule is that I need at least one week's notice (preferably two weeks); I will handle and make a decision about each request according to need, but the more time you can give me, the more I can tout your abilities.

    3. You must make your request (with documents) as soon as you can, because I will not write more than five different letters for each category of request. For example, a specific scholarship may be requested from ten to twenty students; I will accept only five.  This is in your best interest for an organization does not desire many letters from the same individual. Therefore, you need to make your request as soon as possible, and I will work on a first come, first served basis.

    4. You must choose your reference requests carefully. I take the letters very seriously, and I will not lie to help you out. My letters are based upon the nature of our experience together, which includes much more than grades. I consider maturity, work ethic, attitude, demeanor, etc. to be as important as grades. I reserve the right to reject your request, and I may ask you to choose someone who can honestly provide an effective reference.

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