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AP US History

Course Description

Students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change. The course also provides eight themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; work, exchange, and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures.  This is the equivalent of a college freshman level course.

Grade Level(s): 10th-12th grades

Curricula for Advanced Placement (AP) courses are created by the American College Board, which offers high level coursework and exams to high school students.  Colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on examinations.  Curriculum for each subject area is created by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.  An overview of the AP United States History course can be found HERE.  The Course & Exam Description (CED) can be found HERE.  

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

  • Unit 1: Period 1: 1491–1607
  • Unit 2: Period 2: 1607–1754
  • Unit 3: Period 3: 1754–1800
  • Unit 4: Period 4: 1800–1848
  • Unit 5: Period 5: 1844–1877
  • Unit 6: Period 6: 1865–1898
  • Unit 7: Period 7: 1890–1945
  • Unit 8: Period 8: 1945–1980
  • Unit 9: Period 9: 1980–Present

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2020