AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP United States History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. There are seven themes of equal importance built into this course: identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture that provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of early Americans by describing the interactions of civilizations from both sides of the Atlantic, analyzing the impact of early interaction on cultural and social development, and analyzing political rivalries impacting political development.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the movement to Colonial Independence by analyzing the influences on colonial thought related to government and personal liberty, describing events leading to the colonial independence movement, and explaining political developments resulting from the creation of the United States Constitution.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of shaping the new republic by analyzing the influences shaping American culture, analyzing the influences shaping American democracy, and summarizing the relationship between the market revolution and regional and federal power.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the American Expansion and Reconstruction by explaining the westward expansion, explaining the sectional conflict of states’ rights, and explaining the results of the American Civil War and Reconstruction.
Students will demonstrate understanding of the impact of industrialization and immigration by explaining the factors facilitating the transformation of the U.S. economy, explaining the impact of the expansion of industrialization, and the impact of increased immigration and migration.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influences on American culture and foreign policy by explaining the influence of progressive reformers on American culture, describing the impact of World War I on foreign policy and analyzing the impact of imperialism on American culture and foreign policy.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of American recovery and progress by analyzing the government's role post depression economy, explaining the government's role in post World War II development and describing post war impact on American values.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of complexities of change by explaining the complexities of industry leading to economic change, explaining the prosperity of the American Dream leading to demographic change, explaining the complexities of foreign policy leading to political change and explaining the prosperity of public policy leading to cultural change.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the shift in American Ideology by explaining the growth of conservatism, explaining the shift in United States foreign policy, and explaining the effects of the shift in immigration and globalization policy in the United States.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of New Hampshire’s role in international diplomacy by explaining the United States’ interest in settling the Russo-Japanese war, explaining the role New Hampshire played in the peace process and analyzing the effects of the treaty on the United States, Japan and Russia.
Module One: Quest for the Americas
Module Two: Colonies at War
Module Three: A New Republic
Module Four: American Civil War
Module 5: A Growing Nation
Module 6: Imperialism & Progressivism
Module 7: The World at War
Module 8: Cold War
Module 9: A Brave New World
Testing lesson—practice exam
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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