AP European History 2nd Trimester Syllabus, 2018-2019

AP European History

Second Trimester, 2018-2019
Exams (30% of second trimester grade) – Exams will consist of essays, identifications, and multiple choice questions.  Some second trimester exams will be administered over a two day period — one entire class devoted to writing a DBQ and one class period for identifications and multiple choice questions.  For each exam, students are responsible for the material covered in class and in the readings. Tentative Dates for 2nd Trimester Exams  — November 19th, December 14th, January 25th, and February 13th and 14th.


Quizzes (40% of second trimester grade) –

— Friday Reading Quizzes – Each Friday we will have a multiple choice question quiz on the reading for that week.  It is crucial that students keep up with the reading each night it is assigned and to review the week’s reading before each quiz on Friday.

— Comprehensive Content Quizzes – On Wednesdays I will administer a ten question content quiz on material covered in class.  Content questions can be found on my webpage (AP Content Questions). These quizzes are cumulative, and we will gradually build up a list of approximately two hundred questions that you should be prepared to answer.

— Unannounced Reading Quizzes – Once or twice a week I will quiz you on the reading assignment for that day.

— Map Quizzes – We will periodically have map quizzes.

— Classic Term Quizzes –Expect frequent quizzes on classic, or review, identifications.

— Dates Quizzes


Group Document Analysis (10% of second trimester grade) Students, working together in small groups, will analyze primary source documents and present their analysis to their classmates.  In your analysis, explain what type of primary source you are working with (gov. document, ecclesiastical record, memoir, journal entry, published essay or work of fiction).  Make an argument about the meaning of the document that explains the author’s point of view, purpose, historical situation and audience.
The Great Elector Welcomes Protestant Refugees from France, p.410
Margaret Cavendish Questions the Fascination with Scientific Instruments, p. 434
Galileo Discusses the Relationship of Science to the Bible, p. 438
David Hume Praises Luxury and the Refinement of the Arts, p. 463
Priscilla Wakefield Demands More Occupations for Women, p. 471
Belorussian Jews Petition Catherine the Great, p. 477
A Slave Trader Describes the Atlantic Passage, p. 494
Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” p. 503
Adam Smith Calls for Government Action to Support the Education of the Poor, p. 525
Denis Diderot Condemns European Empires, p. 530
Maria Theresa and Joseph II Debate Toleration, p. 542
The Third Estate of a French City Petitions the King, p. 555
Debate (10% of second trimester grade) Each student will participate in a debate on a historical controversy.  Students will be divided into small groups to argue the affirmative or negative position for each resolution.  Students will be evaluated on their preparation, ability to make an historically defensible argument, and involvement in the question and answer portion of the debate.
Possible Resolutions:

— Hobbes has a more accurate view of human nature than Locke.

— Science and religion are irreconcilable.

— Religion has been the primary cause of strife.

— The parliament was justified in executing Charles I.

— Henry VIII was justified in separating England from the Roman Catholic Church.

— It is better to be feared than loved.

— The Columbian Exchange was more negative than positive.

— The Enclosure Movement benefited the English peasantry.
In-Class Essays — DBQs and Long Essays (10% of second trimester grade)
— Research Paper (20% of your third trimester grade) During the second trimester you will begin working on a research paper with Mr. Lattimore and Mr. Tiren on a historical topic that will count for both your English and European History grades.

Daily Assignments — Be sure to check the AP Assignments link on my web page everyday for the reading assignments.


Required Reading

Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, and Frank M. Turner, The Western Heritage: Since 1300, 8th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004 – The Kagan book is the main text for this course, and students should expect reading assignments from Kagan almost every day.

Barrons, How to Prepare for AP European History Advanced Placement Examination 3rd edition.  Students are encouraged to purchase the Barron’s guide or a similar supplementary text to help prepare for the AP exam.
Weekly Schedule of Topics:

14th to 18th — Scientific Revolution

21st to 22nd — Exam and Dutch Republic, Hanovers, and Prussia

28th to 2nd — Enlightenment and the Atlantic Economy


5th to 9th — Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution

12th to 16th — French Revolution


3rd to 6th — French Revolution and Napoleon

9th to 13th — Romantics and Revolutionaries

17th to 20th — Political Ideologies and Society

23rd to 27th — Revolutions of 1848 and National Unification Movements

30th to 3rd — Science, Religion, and Culture


6th to 10th — Imperialism

13th to 17th — Industry, Society, and fin de siecle

21st to 24th — World War I

27th to 3rd — War and Revolution
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