AP United States History 2020
Friday, May 15 at 11:00am2020 AP U.S. History Exam Resource Page - This page should answer most of your questions about the 2020 exam, which will now consist of only 1 essay question (a shortened DBQ). It has possible sample questions and a link to the rubric that will be used to score your essay/exam.To sign up for the test you must register by October 10th. A late registration fee will be imposed if you register after that date. Ask your American Studies teacher if you have any questions and make sure to tell them that you are registered to take the exam.The registration code is ZMYVQ6.Content Review VideosGilder Lehrman Review Videos of Each Period - scroll down for short videos on each "period" of American History for review.These short videos provide a great overview that will hopefully jog your memory. You only need to review Periods 3-7. Note that each short video has a "skills focus" that follows the portion that reviews the specific period of history, and that some are relevant and others may not be to the shortened exam for 2020.(Some of the videos didn't work well in Google Chrome, but worked fine in Internet Explorer. You can also search "Gilder Lehrman APUSH" on YouTube to find these same videos)Know the DBQ!!! Helpful LinksDBQ With Example Essays - Scored and Explained ***Again, these are examples of the regular (non-shortened) DBQ, but make sure to look at these, especially sample essay 1A. The prompt for this DBQ is on pdf p2, and sample essay 1A begins on pdf p13. Then, read over the scoring commentary on pp22-23 to see why this student's essay was awarded a perfect score. Again, here is the link to this year's rubric, which now only requires you to use 4 out of 5 documents to receive full credit in the "evidence" category. However, do your best to use all 5 of the sources, if possible. I gave everyone who attended the AP meeting back in February a hard copy of this sample essay as well. Note how the student integrated and cited/sources. Feel free to emulate this style in your own essay.Here is the modified DBQ Rubric for this year's shortened exam. Make sure to look at this carefully and understand what you need to do in order to maximize the number of points that you can receive for your essay/exam. I STRONGLY advise you to print this rubric out and use it when outlining your essay so that you can make sure that you are doing everything necessary to receive the maximum number of points possible on your essay.Here's a link to a page that has some good videos on contextualization and using sources. It's for the regular DBQ, but a bunch of the videos are still relevant to this year's shortened DBQ.DBQ Overview by Gilder Lehrman - This video is on the regular DBQ (not this year's shortened DBQ), but the second half of it provides a quick, solid overview of what you need to do for the DBQ.Here are a few quick review readings on various topics:
For those who checked out one of the green Brinkley textbooks, feel free to read/skim though any of the chapters that could possibly be tested, which are Chapter's 4-28. If you are pressed for time, I would recommend looking over your own notes/study guides from American Studies and then focusing on understanding the DBQ rubric and looking at the sample DBQ essay (with scoring commentary) as opposed to trying to cram an enormous amount of content. But, if you do have some time, know that the Brinkley books are normally checked out for students to read the chapters on the Cold War and Modern Civil Rights, but neither of those topics will now be tested on the exam, as only content from 1945 and earlier will be tested, so consider any additional reading/skimming of Brinkley a bonus. It wouldn't hurt to read chapters on major topics like the Revolutionary and Constitutional Eras, Westward Expansion ("Manifest Destiny"), Antebellum Era, Reconstruction, Gilded Age, Progressive Era, WWI, Roaring 20s, Great Depression, and WWII.Here are some lectures from earlier in the year:And some that we'll get to soon that may come up:If you've made it down this far on the page, then you're doing great and you'll certainly be prepared for the exam. Remember, the most important thing that you can do/review at this point is know how to write the shortened DBQ. You'll be able to use notes as a quick reference!