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Should I go on to AP History?

Yes, I (kinda) deceived you; I'm not in AP History. I'm in Honors History. Should I go to AP History, however? I'm interested in law, but my school does not offer AP U.S. Government and Politics. Therefore, I want to learn. But there are some problems:

a.) There's a slim chance of me being taken seriously by the AP U.S. History II teacher.
b.) The AP curriculum is much different than the Honors one.
c.) I'm not familiar with either the AP curriculum or the AP exam, though I am familiar with the dreaded DBQ.

Any advice on how to prove to the teacher that I am ready? I have three months to learn how analytical AP History is and how to enter it. Anyone up to guide me?

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I'm happy to help. Basically the difference is regular and honors history classes look more at the when and where and who whereas AP focuses much more on the why- which you probably know. To prove it...hmmmm...Perhaps an essay? Like maybe go to the collegeboard site and do an essay from this year's exam. Or two...or three.....although one may be enough.

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Not enough. They really focus on other elements, but I don't know what those elements are! XD

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Ask that teacher to give you a test, so you can prove yourself. OR write a detailed essay on whatever you know the most about (in history of course).

And maybe that will impress him.

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Nope; I already asked him.

And one essay is not enough to get into AP History. Because all of you have experienced the AP History course and not just read the CollegeBoard synopsis, tell me what the curriculum's like. I need some background info.

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For my class, APUSH was a lot of reading. Every week we had one to two chapters to read, with a test always on Friday. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays were lecture days with small group work. Tuesdays were for DBQ practice or Free Response practice. Sometimes, we also would get time to read. Thursdays were always work days where we could a) get help for the upcoming test b) read like crazy or c) go to the computer lab to work on papers or to type notes or other assignments.

For each chapter, we had worksheets that we had to do. Also, every quarter we had at least one 8-15 page paper due (the length depending on the assignment). We also had to read 4 books on our own and do projects on them.

In about April, my teacher started giving us more DBQs to look at and to try doing, both in class and outside. As for the AP Exam, we met after school for about 4 hours, three days a week for two weeks reviewing, but they were optional sessions.
I hope this is what you were looking for. Feel free to PM or IM me if you have any questions.

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Hm. Do you know if he used any websites for practices that I can use and print to document that I have practiced and practiced to become better at APUSH II. Thank you for that, Dar, and I'll be sure to keep in contact with you about that.

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Is there a process you have to go through to "prove yourself" or is this completely up to the teacher?

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he used this [URL=http://www.historyteacher.net/USQuizMainPage.htm]site[/URL] a lot. we did tons of them before the AP Exam. He also used Course-notes.org for notes and outlines to review. He also used [URL=http://college.hmco.com/history/us/bailey/american_pageant/11e/students/... one a lot too. As for DBQ practice, they were handouts. I could scan them in if you want and email them.

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It's really up to the teacher, but the chances are slim.

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ap us history is pretty easy you just gotta read the textbook. like 5 pages a day or suttin everyday

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