The American history course, APUSH (Advanced Placement United States History), covers the history of the United States from the pre-Columbian period to present day. This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and material in US history. It emphasizes historical thinking skills, encourages students to recognize change over time, analyze primary sources, understand different interpretations of history and develop effective communication skills.APUSH teaches about major themes in American history such as nation building, expansionism, civil rights movements, industrialization, immigration, foreign policy and economic developments. It provides a comprehensive view of all aspects of US history including social movements and identities; politics; economics; diplomacy; culture; science and technology; religion; gender roles; race relations; labor unions and other topics related to social change over time. Throughout this course students are exposed to a variety of primary source documents such as letters, diaries, maps and photographs that allow them an intimate look into how people lived during various historical periods. Additionally they reflect on how these documents shape our understanding of America’s past by examining their contexts within their respective eras. Furthermore they learn about varying perspectives on significant moments in American History by analyzing different interpretations of events ranging from early settlement through today’s current events. APUSH culminates in an exam that tests students’ knowledge on key concepts from throughout the course as well as their ability to apply analysis strategies covered throughout the course. This exam consists of multiple choice questions as well as written responses where students must explain their reasoning for why certain answers are correct or incorrect based on evidence presented by historians or primary sources previously discussed in class. The goals for this exam are for students to demonstrate proficiency in US History content knowledge but also be able to apply it using critical thinking skills so they are truly prepared for college courses related to history or government studies out side APUSH class room walls .
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