United States History: Course and Exam Description
• We reduced the number of exam questions by removing one short-answer question. Students will have 10 more minutes to answer the document-based question (DBQ) and long essay question.
• We now specify which periods will be the focus of the free-response questions.
• We streamlined the practices and skills that are assessed on the exams.
• New long essay and DBQ rubrics—featuring simplified language that clarifies the tasks students need to accomplish in these timed essays.
We updated Section II of the AP history exams (document-based question and long essay question) and the generic rubrics.
Adam Norris Review Videos by topic
Nativism & Immigration
Presidential Elections & platforms
Supreme Court Cases
James Smith's Strategies for Teaching AP U.S. History
James Smith's APUSH Review Materials
Mrs. Ruland's Advanced Placement United States History Class
Adam Norris's insanely great APUSH site
Jim Smith's insanely great APUSH site
Sample AP questions and scoring guides from the College Board.
Study skills and test-taking tips from the College Board.
A list of AP U.S. History study guides.
This site provides over 1600 notecards for AP U.S. History students.
The website for Mrs. Ruland’s AP U.S. History Class offers links to information and
resources that will help students prepare for the AP exam.
Students can use this website to create lists of questions and answers that will help
them memorize historical information.
Students can create their own flash cards as a PDF file that can then be printed and
folded with questions on one side and answers on the other.
The Leitner System is a method of studying flash cards based on the premise that The easier it is to recall the material on a flashcard, the less often that flashcard should be repeated in the future. The more difficult it is to recall the material on a flashcard, the more often that flashcard should be repeated. Note: AP U.S. History Flash Cards can be purchased from Kaplan AP, Barron’s AP, and CliffNotes.
Christopher Lee Publications, Inc. a U.S. History Baseball Game and a U.S. History Timeline Game that can bring a little fun into helping students review for the AP exam.
American Pageant pdf
DBQ Trial Guidelines
organized labor DBQ
1979 Gilded Age DBQ
1983 Populism DBQ
Key terms periods 4 thru 6 (2017)
Key terms periods 7 thru 9 (2017)
PERIODS 1 THRU 3 TIMELINE STUDY GUIDE
PERIODS 4 - 5 TIME LINE
PERIODS 6- 9
Period 6 - 9 review guides
Long Essay options 2015
Zinn's People's History of the United States
History is a Weapon
AP USH Podcasts
Crash Course on US History
Gilder Lehrman Support Materials
Tom Richey's 2017-2018 rubric
10 Commandments of Good Historical Writing
Framework for writing a DBQ worksheet
APPARTS Doc analysis sheet
PERSIA - Document Analysis approach
Doc analysis sheet
Photo analysis sheet
Cartoon analysis sheet
ALL DBQs FROM 1973 - 1999
AP U.S. History Reading Strategies for Document Analysis (SOAPS +S and APPARTS)
An important part of the AP U.S. History examination is the document-based question, or DBQ. This question will present you with approximately documents (everything from journal entries, speeches, court cases, and artwork) that you will have to accurately interpret to write a suitable essay. Two techniques may help you with your analysis; they are the SOAPS and APPARTS methods.
SOAPS + S Procedure:
1. S=Subject. What is the document talking about?
2. O=Occasion. What was happening at the time the document was written? What was going on in the author’s life?
3. A=Audience. Who is being addressed? How does the audience affect the purpose of the author?
4. P=Purpose. What type of action or reaction does the author want the audience to have?
5. S=Speaker. Who is doing the speaking or writing?
6. +S=Significance. What is important about this document?
1. A=Author. Who created this source? What do you know about the author? What is the author’s point of view?
2. P=Place and time. Where and when was the source produced? How might this affect the meaning of the source?
3. P=Prior knowledge. What do you know about this topic that would increase your understanding of this primary source? For example, do you recognize and recall the meaning of any symbols?
4. A=Audience. For whom was this source created and how might this affect the reliability of the source?
5. R=Reason. Why was this source produced, and how might this affect the reliability of the source?
6. T=The Main Idea. What point is the source trying to convey?
7. S=Significance. Why is the source important? Ask yourself, “So what?” in relation to the question asked.
US History I (New SCOS)
- Historical Thinking
- America Values US Hist - part 1
- European Schism & Imperialism
- Early Colonial Period >
- Revolutionary Period >
- From Articles of Confederation to Constitution >
- Early Republic >
- Age of Jackson >
- Manifest Destiny >
- Coming of the American Civil War
- Civil War >
- The American Dream
US History II
- Race in US History
- Raw Materials
AP 2017 - 2018
- Social Studies Conference
- AG 2017
- 2016 AG Summer Institute
- American History (Old SCOS)
- Smart Gamble
AP US History
- World History
- Current Events
- Scotch Irish
- AG Workshop 2015
- Van Travels
- Spaceship Earth
- Media Literacy
- North Carolina Fund lesson