APUSH Lesson Plans 2nd Quarter
 AP U.S. History
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Week #1  

After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to:
1. Analyze the factors that contributed to the rise of nationalism after the War of 1812.
2. Describe the process by which western lands were organized and sold.
3. Understand why families moved westward and the living conditions they faced.
4. Explain the development of a national transportation network and its contribution to a market economy.
5. List and explain the reasons why the South became the world's greatest cotton producer.
6. Describe how new economic activities brought forth the early factory system.
7. Discuss the steps taken by Congress to encourage industry and enterprise.
8. Develop the main issues of sectional disturbance that accompanied the Missouri Compromise.
9. Analyze the role played in economic and political matters by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Marshall
10. Explain the perceived international conditions that led to the Monroe Doctrine as well as the specific intent of this statement.



Give  Test over Chapter 8   




Chapter 9 Powerpoint   

Chapter 9  Powerpoint Notes

Textbook Chapter 9 outline and notes




Complete Map Exercise Missouri Compromise from Review Chapter 9  



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Write Feature Essay   Chapter 9 Describe the



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Finish Chapter 9   - Go over student's essays and Review for Monday's test. 

Jefferson's Vision of America - Thomas Jefferson's inauguration as president in 1801 represented a significant transfer of power as well as vision about the future of America. As Jefferson and the nation increasingly looked westward, we explore what this meant in terms of territorial expansion, relations with American Indians and the emerging conflicts between nationalism and sectionalism.

Week #2


Test      Chapter 9


After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to
1. Explain factors that contributed to the rise of democracy in the 1820s and 1830s.
2. Describe how the diffusion of political power among the masses encouraged reform initiative
and inspired new literary, artistic, and professional trends.
3. Evaluate the main political and economic issues brought forth in the 1824 and 1828 elections and
explain the outcomes of those presidential elections.
4. Determine the political characteristics and personality traits that contributed to Jackson's image as a "man of the people."
5. Summarize the problems encountered under Jackson's Indian-removal policy.
6. Contrast the arguments put forth by the states' rightists and the unionists regarding the
nullification crisis.
7. Explain why South Carolina seized the tariff issue to mount its support for states' rights.
8. Summarize the arguments used by the Jacksonians in their attack against the Bank of the United States.
9. Evaluate the causes for the Depression of 1837 and the steps taken by Van Buren to straighten
out the financial disorder.
10. Compare and contrast the ideologies and objectives of the Whigs and Democrats and identify the socioeconomic groups from which they drew their support.
11. Reveal how the conflict over the Bank recharter was the dominant political issue of its time.
12. Evaluate Jackson's strategy in "killing the Bank" and his use of state banks as depositories.
13. Understand the reasons for political realignment in the 1830s and the emergence of the Whigs.
14. Paraphrase both the blessings and perils of American democracy according to Toqueville.

Chapter 10 Powerpoint

Chapter 10 Powerpoint  Notes

Textbook Chapter 10 outline and notes




Go Over Notes Chapter 10

Complete Map Exercise #1 from Review Chapter 8




Write Chapter Feature Essay   Chapter 10




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Finish Chapter 10   - Go over student's essays and Review for Monday's test. 



The Market Revolution - Both Hamilton's and Jefferson's visions of America began to take shape in the north and west during the 1820s and 1830s. We examine how a market revolution, spurred on by new developments in transportation, manufacturing, and farming, set in motion changes which would affect the American people for generations to come.

Week #3

Give Test over Chapter 10


After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to
1. Compare and contrast the role of slavery in the Chesapeake with the Deep South.
2. Analyze the effects of short-staple cotton and the cotton gin on the South.
3. Explain the arguments and issues surrounding the profitability and efficiency of slavery.
4. Discuss the relevant statistics about slave ownership in the South.
5. Describe the daily lives of a typical planter, a small slave holder, a yeoman farmer, and a
6. List the arguments for and against slavery offered by southerners.
7. Explain the various methods used by slaves to resist the oppression of their masters.
8. Discuss the life of free Blacks in the North and the South during the days of slavery.
9. Compare Black religion with its White Protestant counterparts.
10. Describe the main features of Black slave family life.


Chapter 11 Powerpoint

Powerpoint  Notes Chapter 11

Textbook Chapter 11 outline and notes



Go Over Notes Chapter 11

Complete Map Exercise from Review Chapter 11


  Write Feature Essay   Chapter 11


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A White Man's Democracy - Andrew Jackson, the first president from west of the Appalachian Mountains, mirrored the changing American society and became a symbol of the times. We analyze the emergence of Jackson, his decisions regarding nullification, the national bank, and Indian removal and the limits of democracy during that era.

Week #4

Give Test over Chapter 11


After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to:
1. List the factors that caused the Second Great Awakening.
2. Show how the religious revivals became reform movements.
3. Describe the "Cult of True Womanhood."
4. Analyze the impact the reform of family life had on lower-, middle-, and upper-class women.
5. Explain the purpose of public education according to Horace Mann.
6. Describe the factors and events that led to the rise of the women's rights movement.
7. Evaluate the results of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848.

Chapter 12   Powerpoint

Powerpoint Notes Chapter 12

Textbook Chapter 12 outline and notes




Go Over Notes Chapter 12
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Complete ANALYZING TABLES AND FIGURES  from Chapter 13 Review



Write Feature Essay  Essay Question:
1) In what ways did the Second Great Awakening in the North influence TWO of the following? Abolitionism p344-346; Temperance p 335-336; the Cult of Domesticity p 337-338; Utopian communities p 348-349

Chapter 12 Essay Tuitorial           Answers



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The Slave South - While the north continued to diversify, the spread of slave system marked the south's expansion westward. We examine the changing nature of slavery, its effects on blacks and whites, how slaves coped, and how the institution of slavery challenged the future of the nation.

Perfecting America - The idea was not new, but during the 1830s and 1840s a surge in religious enthusiasm compelled reformers to try to perfect America. By examining religious and social reform movements, including abolition and women's rights, we assess the effects of these developments on the shaping of America.

Week #5


Spirit Week


Give Test over Chapter 12


After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to:
1. Describe the conditions of the western “borderlands” of the 1830s as well as the factors attracting American settlers.
2. Explain the causes, events, and results of the Texas revolution.
3. Discuss the importance of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails in expanding American trade and
4. Trace the development of the Mormon Church and the westward trek of its members.
5. Identify the candidates and issues and explain the outcome and consequences of the election of
6. Evaluate the successes and failures of James K. Polk's administration.
7. Discuss the rationale for expansion as expressed in the doctrine of manifest destiny.
8. Summarize the causes, events, and outcomes of the Mexican War.
9. Discuss the factors that contributed to American economic growth from 1830 to 1860.
10. Describe the changing composition and attitudes of the American working class during this era.

Chapter 13  Powerpoint

Powerpoint Notes Chapter 13

Textbook Chapter 13 outline and notes




Complete   SETTLING THE BOUNDARY WITH CANADA from Chapter 13 Review




Write Feature Document Based Essay from Chapter 12  Identify and evaluate the impact upon American society of any two reform movements which emerged from the ferment of the Second Great Awakening p 45-63 of DBQ wkbk.  Have students use the reform movements temperance and abolitionism

  Go Over Notes Chapter 13


Pop quiz over Review matching and or completion

Finish Chapter 13  Go over student's essays.  Have students turn to page 55 of DBQ booklet and go over essay.  Read the potiential thesis statements p 56 and then look at the Analysis Level Writing on page 63.

and Review for Monday's test. 


Moving Westward - By the 1840s, the westward movement of the American people had brought them once again into territory claimed by other people and other nations. We analyze the "Manifest Destiny" of the United States, as the nation annexes Texas, acquires the Oregon territory and forces Mexico to cede California and the southwest as a result of war.

Crisis and Compromise - Perceptive observers were wary of the state of the union after the war with Mexico. What John C. Calhoun called "forbidden fruit" was referred to as "poison" by essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. We examine the issues provoking a national crisis, the process of dealing with the crisis, and the meaning of the compromise reached in 1850.

Week #6




Give quiz over Chapter 13 


After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to:
1. List and analyze the following suggestions made to solve the problem of extending slavery to new territories after the Mexican War: (a) Wilmot Proviso, (b) extension of the Missouri Compromise line, (c) squatter sovereignty, and (d) President Taylor's solution.
2. Identify the candidates and explain the platforms and outcomes of the presidential elections from 1848 to 1860.
3. Describe the series of resolutions that resulted in the Compromise of 1850.
4. Explain the motivations for and the consequences of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.
5. Contrast the intent and results of the Ostend Manifesto.
6. Analyze the reasons for shifting political alignments in this era, specifically: (a) the rise and fall of the Free-Soil party, (b) the disintegration of the Whig party, (c) the appearance and brief success of the Know-Nothing party, and (d) the emergence and victory of the Republican party.
7. Trace the development of attempts to win Kansas by the proslavery and antislavery forces, noting specifically: (a) the “sack of Lawrence,” (b) the role of John Brown, and (c) the Lecompton
8. Discuss the effects of social and cultural sectionalism in preparing the path for southern secession.
9. Discuss the background, final decision, criticisms, and implications of the Dred Scott case of 1857.
10. Contrast the positions taken by Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Stephen Douglas in the debates held for the Illinois Senate race of 1858.
11. Explain the intensification of southern fears regarding a possible Republican victory in the election of 1860, especially in light of John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and the 1860 contest for Speaker of the House.
12. Contrast the various historical interpretations that have been advanced to explain the reasons for southern secession.



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Chapter 14   Powerpoint  

Powerpoint Notes Chapter 14

Textbook Chapter 14 outline and notes




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Go Over Notes Chapter 14

Complete  MAP EXERCISE #1  THE SECESSION CRISIS from Chapter 15 Review



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Contrast Transition Words when writing analysis

however on the contrary on the other hand in contrast/ in spite of although/though
unlike instead of whereas conversely while
yet/but even if for all that nevertheless either...or
of course some may say      

This will be the first free response essay, taken from chapter 14, that you will write without previous knowledge of the question. Good Luck and may history be on your side. :)

Write Feature Essay:  See # 4, 9, 11 to the right.    Possible Essay topics: Kansas Nebraska Act p 396-398, Dred Scott Decision p 403-404, Election of 1860 p 410-411,  I will choose one essay out of these three topics.


Chapter 14





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Finish Chapter 14   Go over student's essays and Review for Monday's test. 

Irrepressible Conflicts - The persistence of slavery dashed any hopes that the Compromise of 1850 might settle sectional differences between the north and south. As the abolitionists and the slave catchers dramatized the moral issue involved, we analyze how the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dred Scott decision led to irrepressible conflicts.
The Union Collapses - Even though the Supreme Court ruled that slaves were property and could be taken anywhere, those opposed to this view continued to press their case. We examine the emergence of Abraham Lincoln, the raid on Harper's Ferry, the election of 1860 and the decision for secession. Was the Civil War inevitable?

Week #7


Give Test over  Chapter 14


After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to
1. Explain why Lincoln was so effective as the Union's wartime leader.
2. Trace the development of southern secession from Lincoln's election through the decision of the
upper South to join the Confederacy.
3. Evaluate the Republican decision to reject the Crittenden compromise plan.
4. Describe the development of the North's resolve to fight, if necessary, to defeat secession.
5. Analyze the opposing strategies of the Civil War.
6. Define the concept of "total war," then explain its effect on the efforts of the North and the South to mobilize their home fronts for the war effort.
7. Compare and contrast the leadership of the Union and Confederate presidents.
8. Describe the relative success of the Union and Confederate armies in the early campaigns in the
eastern theater of war.
9. Describe the relative success of the Union and Confederate armies in the western theater of war.
10. Explain why “King Cotton Diplomacy” failed.
11. Trace and explain Lincoln's gradual movement toward the emancipation of the slaves.
12. Describe the role played by African-American troops in the Union armed force
during the Civil War.
13. List and describe the principal social and economic changes that accompanied the Civil War.

Chapter 15   Powerpoint

Powerpoint Notes Chapter 15

Textbook Chapter 15 outline and notes




Homework Assignment

Complete  MAP EXERCISE #2 THE CIVIL WAR  from Chapter 15 Review



Write Feature Essay   Chapter 15

Finish Chapter 15  



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 Finish Chapter 15  Go over student's essays and Review for Monday's test.            

  • And the War Came - When Confederate troops made war by firing upon Fort Sumter, the very survival of the United States was at stake. We examine why each side was fighting and assess their relative strengths and weaknesses. We describe the major military developments in 1861-62 and analyze what this indicated about the nature of the conflict.

  • Home Fronts - By 1862, it was clear that the effects of Civil War reached far beyond the battlefields. Using the Shenandoah Valley as a setting, we describe what life was like on the northern and southern home fronts. We also analyze how Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation changed the nature of the war.

Week #8


Give  Test   over Chapter  15

After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to:
1. Contrast the presidential and congressional wartime reconstruction programs.
2. Explain how Andrew Johnson's background shaped his attitudes and policies on Reconstruction.
3. Describe the processes by which Andrew Johnson lost support in Congress, and the Radical
Republicans gained control of Reconstruction.
4. Summarize the goals of Radical Reconstruction and evaluate the success with which these goals
were achieved.
5. Define the sections of the Fourteenth Amendment and understand why its enforcement was crucial to Reconstruction efforts.
6. Describe the Radicals' attempt to remove President Johnson from office.
7. Define the southern systems of contract labor and sharecropping with emphasis on their effects upon African Americans.
8. Evaluate Grant's handling of the major problems of his administration: the money question, enforcement of Reconstruction, and governmental corruption.
9. Analyze the important results of the impeachment crisis on the federal government and the Reconstruction process.
10. Identify the social and economic adjustments in the South during the Reconstruction years.
11. Evaluate the achievements and list reasons for the ultimate failure of the southern Republican
12. Summarize the worst of the scandals that rocked the Grant administration.
13. Explain the nature of the political crisis involving the election of 1876.
14. Discuss the terms and results of the "Compromise of 1877."
15. Describe the social and political effects of the "Redeemer" regimes in the New South.


Chapter 16  Powerpoint

Powerpoint Notes Chapter 16

Textbook Chapter 16 outline and notes




Go Over Notes Chapter 16

Complete  MAP EXERCISE #1
from Chapter 16 Review



Write Feature Essay   Chapter 16


Finish Chapter 16  

Go over student's essays and Review for Monday's test. 


   Toward a better Future

Give test over Chapter 16

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  • Union Preserved, Freedom Secured - Beginning with the battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg, we describe and analyze the major military operations of the final two years of the Civil War. We assess the reasons for the Union's victory, the place of Abraham Lincoln in U.S. history, and how the Civil War shaped America.

  • Reconstructing the Nation - When the Civil War ended, there was hope that this "second American Revolution" would provide a new birth of freedom for the American people. As we assess the successes and failures of Reconstruction, we consider why the Reconstruction era ended with a revolution only half-accomplished.


Week #9                   

Give Test over lesson  Chapter 16

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Chapter 32 Powerpoint   
Chapter 32  Powerpoint Notes
Textbook Chapter 32 outline and notesChapter 32 Review
Test over Chapter 32

After mastering this chapter, your students should be able to:
1. Discuss the factors that made the latter third of the twentieth century a period of social unrest in the
United States.
2. Analyze the causes and results of changes in the American population during the latter twentieth
3. Discuss how demographic, economic, and political changes during this era impacted African
Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans.
4. Trace the development of the Internet.
5. Describe how changes in the American family structure during the latter twentieth century created
new public issues.
6. Analyze the relative gains and setbacks for women in American society during this era.
7. Explain the emergence, achievements, and limitations of the Gay Liberation Movement.
8. Evaluate the impact of American economic policies during the 1980s and early 1990s.
9. Account for the rise of internal militia groups during the 1990s.
10. Explain the resurgence of the Democratic Party and the election of Bill Clinton as president in 1992
and 1996.
11. Explain the failure of Republicans to capitalize on their political victory in winning control of
Congress in 1994.
12. Evaluate the performance of Bill Clinton as president in terms of both domestic and foreign affairs.
13. Explain the controversies and scandals that swirled around the Clinton White House, and explain
how and why Clinton survived these scandals.
14. Account for the close election in 2000, and identify some of the challenges that Bush faced because
of the narrow and controversial election returns.
15. Understand the early challenges to the presidency of George W. Bush, including the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001, the war in Iraq, and the War on Terrorism.
16. Discuss the domestic and foreign issues of Bush’s second term.

Tuesday Exam will cover:  Chapters : 1-16  How to Study for Exam.  



2nd Hour Exam is today  50 minutes for 51 multiple choice questions / 45 minutes for 1 free response essay question (choose from three) DBQ was completed last Thursday

Homework over Christmas:  Read Chapter 32 and prepare for a multiple choice test over chapter 32 on the day you return the first week of January  

Thursday   Go over Semester Exam with Students


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