APUSH Summer Reading

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone, or at least those of you who have subscribed to this site as requested.

Here are some prizes for doing what you were asked (Subscribing to this site)

  1. Just an FYI but all summer work will be counted as extra credit. This is quite the bonus because the class starts off difficult, at least until you get the swing of things.
  2. **Hint: Don’t tell kiddo’s who have not subscribed, let them learn to do what they need to do when they are asked!!!!
  3. If any one does not yet have copy of Rimini book, I have a spare copy I can give to the first person who requests it. We can meet at school, or, and I would rather, the Village Inn on Lomas and Juan Tabo. I cannot speak for you, but I am not quite ready to get back to school yet  :)…… First person to request book gets it.


** Other than that, have a GREAT REST OF YOUR SUMMER

Advanced Placement United States History
Manzano High School
2017 – 2018
Teacher: Mr Dan Sparago,
505-559-2371 ext 23407
Office hours: Lunch Time or by appointment

Course Description
This two-semester course is designed to cover the period of Discovery in 1492 to the present. Students will be equipped with analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to measure critical developments over the course of United States history.
Demands of this class will be similar to those of an introductory college course. Students are expected to….
read nightly
they will quiz daily using short answer or multiple choice questions
they will take multiple choice exams over several chapters
students will write short essays regularly.
Students will learn to access historical materials and determine their relevance, reliability, and significance as related to an interpretive problem.

This course will use a college text book; The American Pageant.
The skills developed in this class will allow students to arrive at:
conclusions based on informed judgments
to present evidence that clearly and persuasively supports these conclusions in essay format.
The use of these skills will be demonstrated on the AP Exam in May.
Course Requirements
Student historians will be required to:
 read responsibly on your own time.
 research assigned topics.
 demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
 analyze, synthesize, and evaluate historical facts and opinions.
 attend class.

Grading Policy
A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%
The following components will comprise your grade
Performance (daily quizzes, attendance, & class participation)
Class work
Note Book
The following components will be factored into grade:
 Class participation / Attendance
 Writing Spiral
 Multiple Choice Question Exams
 Quizzes
 Projects

Grades are posted on Synergy on a weekly basis. Students and parents should keep a close eye on grades throughout the year.
Classroom Expectations
Student historians will:
 behave respectfully.
 respect property both physical and intellectual.
 punctually arrive to class.
 electronic devices will not be permitted without teacher permission
 come to class prepared. {supplies & current reading}
 complete work on-time.
 follow directions.
– Student work will be checked for plagiarism
– Students will be responsible for printing work
 develop authentic work.
 not cheat or plagiarize, as this will result in a zero.
 complete the AP course by sitting for the AP US History exam.
Cost is approx. $85 due in spring. (those on reduced lunch will receive a sizable discount) Exam is first week in May
 not sitting for the AP US History exam will result in student taking Spring Final Exam. (The AP exam is the ultimate final exam)
Late Assignments
Generally there should be NO late assignments. Should work be late – it will be accepted and receive ½ credit (50%). Should there be any extreme hardships such as a death in the family, family problems, adolescent problems, or emotional issues, please let the teacher know so that arrangements can be made for late assignments with no penalty.

Tardy Policy: Students will be marked tardy if they enter class after the bell and do not have a written note from the office or other official school source. When the student has reached 3 tardies he/she will be given 1 day of lunch detention to be served in Mr. Sparago’s classroom on the Tuesday following the tardy. If the student fails to attend detention a referral will be written. If the student reaches 6 tardies he/she will be referred to the office.
Tardies AND Absences will result in lowering student’s Employability Skills grade.
The academic success of each student is his/her responsibility. It is important to
keep the lines of communication open. My contact number/email is located at the top of this syllabus. I prefer email as I can respond immediately. The phone in my room does not ring between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm. After school is out the phone will ring.

Cell Phones:
Students are encouraged to bring their cell phones to class. There will be times when they are asked to bring phone out to conduct research on the intranet. But!!!!….if you are texting, facebooking or any other using of phone not allowed by the instructor (me) you will lose your phone and I will hand it back to your Parent!!!!!

Students will be able to find all work on Mr. Sparago’s blog site: MrSparagohistory2010.wordpress.com.
Subscribe to this site and when new info is uploaded you will receive e mail notifications!!!!!

Student historians will need:
One 3-ring binder, notebook paper, one spiral {80 – 150 pages},
Supplies will be required in class immediately.

Withdrawal from APUSH

This is the form needed to withdraw from APUSH and following the form are the District requirements for withdrawing form APUSH and all other AP classes. Please read carefully!!!!!

AP withdrawal form  (down load)
Tear off and retain Class Syllabus
Return signed for homework credit
We have reviewed the AP US History Course Description and read syllabus with
our student.
____________________________________________ ________________
Student / PRINT Date
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Parent / Guardian Date
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Parent / Guardian Date

US History Syllabus
Mr Sparago
E mail: spar55@aol.co
Office phone: 559-2200 ext 23407

Semester One
First 6 Weeks
Topic: Colonies become a Nation
• The Declaration of Independence &US Constitution – Group Project (Projects will enhance the students understanding of the topic)
• First Presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson)
• Jacksonian Democracy
• Rights Movements (Women, African American, Hispanic, Asian, European Immigrants, Religious Change and Growth)
**Students will lead these lessons in group projects with Power Point presentations, posters, etc.

Second 6 Weeks
Topic: Civil War
• The Transportation Revolution and Sectionalism
• Mexican American War
• States Rights, Slavery, the clash of Different Cultures
• Events leading to Civil War: Abolitionists vs Pro Slavery
o Was the Civil War avoidable?
• The War
• Reconstruction
• The United States becomes United

• Third 6 Weeks
Topic: American Expands
• The Old West and the New South
• American Industrial Revolt
o Unionism
o Growth of Cities
o Industry Growth (America’s business is business)
o Immigration: Old Immigrants vs new Immigrants
o Age of Reform
• Gilded Age “The forgettable Presidents”
• American Imperialism

*** The time period of examining each topic is approximated and is subject to change depending on students grasp of the topics

Semester Two
First 6 Weeks
Topic: America Enters the 20th Century
• The Progressive Era
• World War 1
o The war in Europe
o War on the Home Front
o Wilson’s 14 points
 The road is prepared for WW2
• The Roaring 20’s
Second 6 Weeks
Topic: America becomes a World Power
• The Great Depression
• World War 2
o The Dictators
o War in the Pacific
o War in Europe
o War in the North Atlantic
o War on the Home Front
o The Atomic Age begins
• Post War America “The 1950’s”
o Communist Threat ; The Cold War
 Korea
 McCarthyism
 Massive Retaliation
o Civil Rights Movement Begins
o Baby Boomers & suburbia
o Music of the 50’s
Third 6 Weeks
Topic: Turmoil in America
• Viet Nam
o The Home Front
o Police Action in Asia “Domino Theory”
• Kennedy Years
o Conspiracy Theories
• Lyndon Johnson
o The Great Society
• Civil Rights Expands
• The Nixon Years
o America loses her innocence
o Watergate
o End of Viet Nam Conflict
• Semester ends with Decades Projects; 1950’s thru 1990’s

Class Rules
Mr. Sparago
Here is a list of expectations to guide you through this course

1. The teacher has a right and obligation to teach the subject and no person in the room will be allowed to prevent the teacher from teaching
2. The student has a right to learn the subject and no person in the room will be allowed to interfere with your learning.
3. Respect whomever is speaking and be an attentive and good listener. You’ll find the same courtesy returned when you speak.
4. Extra credit will be an opportunity earned by all students who are on time and in their seats ready to work when the class begins.
5. Remain in your assigned seat until teacher directs otherwise.
6. Keep your desk and area clean. Please NO writing on the desks,
7. You may bring small snacks and drinks to class until that privilege is abused. If any food or drink spills to the floor this privilege will be taken away.
8. The teacher’s desk is off limits. Anything on or in the teacher’s desk must be left .
9.Class work not finished in class may be completed at home, but must be turned in first thing the following class period before the bell rings beginning the next day’s class!!
10. Assignments missed due to absence must be completed as homework and completed in the amount of time designated by the District.
11. Make-up work. Absences up to eleven days you will be allowed to turn in make-up work. After the eleventh absence, you will receive a zero for all work due on the day(s) you are unexcused absent.

Here is a list of class Rules to Guide you through this class

1. There will be no tardies. If you are tardy you will be required to stand during class period for a duration as per required by teacher. Multiple tardies will result in referral and lunch detention
2. If you have 7 unexcused absences you may be dropped from the class. Remember every absence is worth 2 days
If you have 11 absences there is a great chance you will be dropped from the class.
If you are not dropped from class you will lose opportunity to turn in work on subsequent days with an unexcused absent grade (for every absence over 11)

3. There will be no exemptions from the final semester exam.

4. No food or drink in the room at any time if you have spilled food previously
5. A. You will not disrupt the class at any time.
B. You will sit in your assigned seat every day.
C. All students must bring a notebook, textbook, and a writing utensil every day.

6. You will not write on the desks.

7. You will not receive a letter grade; you will receive points for all work done. Letter
grades will be issued only at report card time.

8. Homework – 300 pts. – 9 wks.
Notebook – 150 pts. – 9 wks.
Tests – 300 pts. – 3 per 6 wks. (approx)
Final – 10-15 % of grade
3-5 page project – 200 pts./ 1st 6 wks. – group project
3-5 page project – 150 pts./2nd thru 6th week grading periods
*All point totals are subject to change with additional major and minor
Note Book Organization

1) Lecture Notes
2) ID Terms (Vocabulary)
3) Handouts
4) Essays and all personal writing assignments
5) Tests and quizzes
6) Current Events

Note books will be graded periodically with 1 day preparation time given

USAP History 2017-18

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

AP US History Summer Reading Requirements It seems that are some are having difficulties downloading so content below Please read entire blog for all info

AP US History Summer Reading Requirements

Welcome to AP US History with Mr. Sparago. The 2017-18 school year will be a very busy one as we prepare ourselves for a rigorous Advanced Placement examination in May. APUSH is a college-level course that will require you to have extensive background knowledge in US History. Since this is a college-level course that requires extensive background knowledge in all aspects of US History, it is imperative that we get off the ground running in August. As such, every APUSH student will be required to complete the following summer reading assignments by the first day of school .

  1. Remini, Robert V. Short History of the United States. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2008. ISBN: 0060831448 Available new on Amazon for about $20 or used from about $13

2) Students must also read ONE of the following nine books:*** Note, If you discover another historical novel which you would like to read, please check with Mr Sparago before assuming you may substitute your choice for one of the below readings!!

  • Note: You will find that paperback versions are very reasonable in price. While it is not a requirement to purchase the book, and all of these books should be available in the Public Library system, it may be helpful for highlighting/notetaking if you purchase your own.

• Borneman, Walter R. 1812: The War that Forged a Nation. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2004. A good read about the War of 1812 and its significance in American history. The War of 1812 is a much under-appreciated conflict. • Bradley, James, and Ron Powers. Flags of Our Fathers. New York, NY: Bantam, 2000. A great read about the Battle of Iwo Jima. While the AP Exam will not cover much military history, this will give readers an insight into the horrors of World War II and the long-term impact of these horrors on soldiers who survived the war. • Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers. New York, NY: Vintage, 2002. About the Revolutionary generation. Considered a classic study in the key figures from this crucial time period. • Macmillan, Margaret, and Richard Holbrooke. Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World. New York, NY: Random House, 2003. An excellent account of the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. This is not only significant in terms of WWI, but can help to improve an understanding of WWII and of many contemporary political issues as well. •Wood, Gordon S. Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2006 An interesting look at the Founders – why they are so different from both each other and from modern politicians. Wood is one of the all-time greats in American history. • Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City. New York, NY: Vintage, 2004. Parallels America’s “first” serial killer with a story about architecture, technology, and the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. • Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking. New York, NY: Penguin, 1998. An important book about an under-reported genocide of hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens at the hands of Japanese soldiers in the early stages of WWII. A shocking, but critically important, book. • Von Drehle, David. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America. New York, NY: Atlantic Monthly, 2003. About labor in the 1900s, particularly as it focuses on women and the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. • Moore, Harold G., and Joseph L. Galloway. We Were Soldiers Once…and Young. New York, NY: Random House, 1992. The book on which the Mel Gibson movie was based. This is an excellent book, however, some of the battle sequences can be difficult if one does not take notes or keep some kind of organizer. Warning: This is significantly different from the movie!   3) Students must complete a dialectical journal while reading their chosen book from the above 9 options. You do NOT have to complete a dialectical journal for the Remini book. *******A dialectical journal is set up in the following manner: (By quotation, I mean a passage from the book that you find interesting or important…it does not have to be an actual direct quotation from a historical personality – it can simply be a quotation of a fact or opinion that the author makes in the book) While there is no firm requirement for the number of quotations that you should select, I would argue that you should be able to select a minimum of 50 interesting items from any of the books listed above. Organize your dialectic as shown below: Quotation: Page: Why I find this quotation interesting or important:   4) Complete assignments upon your return to school in August. *******The quiz will cover the Remini reading. (You will be able to use any notes that you’ve taken to assist you in this quiz.) – quiz will occur on the first day of school!!!!!!!!     5) Materials needed for the first day of class in August:

  • A three-ring binder filled with college-ruled paper or a large notebook (you’ll need a very big one). You might find a multiple-subject notebook is handy to separate notes and terms – although the same could be accomplished using a three-ring binder.
    • You will need a very large binder to house the 12 Unit work books which you will be downloading during the course of the year. These work books are key to your success. Assignments , both mandatory and optional will be in these work books!!!
  • Number 2 pencils and blue or black pens. . • Your dialectical journal. •Any optional notes that you took during your summer readings.

6) (Suggestion, not required) Purchase the following review book: Newman, John J. United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. New York, NY: AMSCO, 2015. This is not mandatory but strongly suggested.

  • This is a valuable resource for reviewing both at home and at school. It has practice multiple choice questions, FRQs and DBQs, as well as a practice AP exam. I would advise that you purchase and begin using a review book no later than September – this is not an exam for which you can successfully cram! Additionally, it’s a great resource to use while moving through the course. This book is not always readily available, and may need to be ordered.

Failure to complete any of the above items will jeopardize a student’s ability to pass the first marking period. Furthermore, it will significantly reduce the amount of background knowledge that a student has to utilize when it comes time to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May, thereby making the exam far more difficult. If you have any questions about these assignments, please contact me immediately. For any questions that arise during the summer recess, I can always be reached @ spar55@aol.com.   Have a Great Summer   Please download this and welcome to APUSH. Have a great summer!!! These are the lecture notes for the following chapters to assist you in the Text reading at the beginning of the year. I suggest you download text book or check out a copy of text from book room CHAPTER 1 CHAPTER 2 ChapterThreePowerPoint.b CHAPTER4

This is for US history regular students

Current Event US weekly This is the required format for our weekly required assignment. This is due each and every Friday. We will discuss some of the events if pertinent to our class. This should be a relatively easy way to earn points while keeping up with International, National, State, and Local news. Sports, entertainment, and fashion are not considered news worthy!!!

This is a brief ppt. to assist you in taking quality Cornell Notes

CornellNotes Click on this to take a quick lesson on Cornell style of note taking. Statistics show that properly done this will improve your grade significantly.  This will be a requirement for all of Mr Sparago’s students

We will use this peer grading sheet every time we do group projects. Be sure to put group members names and your own . Judge each other simply by asking,”Did my partner fulfill his/her responsibilities”  Group Grading Document