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  1. 2017-18 APUSH Themes and Movie Lists

    January 1, 2018 by Marcie Gorsuch

    Themes capture “big ideas” in American history. The Collegeboard has identified the following themes (NEW) as critical to understanding American history. 

    APUSH Theme 1: American and National Identity

    This theme focuses on how and why definitions of American and national identity and values have developed, as well as related topics such as citizenship, constitutionalism, foreign policy, assimilation, and American exceptionalism.

    APUSH Theme 2: Politics and Power

    This theme focuses on how different social and political groups have influenced society
    and government in the United States, as well as how political beliefs and institutions have
    changed over time.

    APUSH Theme 3: Work, Exchange and Technology

    This theme focuses on the factors behind the development of systems of economic exchange,
    particularly the role of technology, economic markets, and government

    APUSH Theme 4: Culture and Society

    This theme focuses on the roles that ideas, beliefs, social mores, and creative expression have
    played in shaping the United States, as well as how various identities, cultures, and values
    have been preserved or changed in different contexts of U.S. history.

    APUSH Theme 5: Migration and Settlement

    This theme focuses on why and how the various people who moved to and within the United
    States both adapted to and transformed their new social and physical environments.

    APUSH Theme 6: Geography and the Environment

    This theme focuses on the role of geography and both the natural and human-made
    environments on social and political developments in what would become the United States.

    APUSH Theme 7: America in the World

    This theme focuses on the interactions between nations that affected North American history
    in the colonial period and on the influence of the United States on world affairs.


    U.S. History Videos

    • Changes have been made to the list for 2017-18. This is an extensive listing of numerous movies that relate to American history.The topic areas range from colonialism to present day and incorporate numerous themes, including social changes, political elements, economic crises and cultural revolutions.  For this assignment, you will be completing an analysis on at least one of the following movies.  Please note, the movies with a * to the right hand side of the title are rated “R” for various reasons.  In order to view one of these * movies, you must receive parental consent.  There are numerous other movies you may choose from that do not incorporate a rating of “R”.  Again, in order to view one of the rated “R” movies, you must receive parental consent!

    The Last of the Mohicans*
    The Crucible

    The Crossing
    The Patriot*
    Immigration/ Turn of the Century
    Far and Away
    Gangs of New York*

    In the Heart of the Sea
      Civil War


    Gods and Generals
    Gone with the Wind
    Little Women


    Killing Lincoln

    12 Years a Slave

    The Free State of Jones

    The Better Angel

          The West
    Wyatt Earp
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Dances with Wolves
    Buffalo Soldiers
    Wild Bill*
    Open Range*
    Magnificent Seven
    The Alamo
    Fly Boys
    Sergeant York
          1920s and Depression

    Grapes of Wrath
    Eight Men Out
    Cinderella Man
    The Babe
    Public Enemies*
    Warm Springs
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    All the King’s Men
    Bonnie and Clyde*
    Inherit the Wind



    Tora, Tora, Tora
    The Big Red I
    Sands of Iwo Jima
    Where Eagles Dare
    Pearl Harbor
    Saving Private Ryan*
    Battle of the Bulge
    Letters from Iwo Jima*
    Flags of Our Fathers*
    A League of Their Own
    Band of Brothers*
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Battle of Midway
    The Longest Day
    South Pacific

    The Great Escape

    Gentlemen’s Agreement
    American Graffiti
    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    Twelve Angry Men


    The Godfather *
    Korean War
    Cold War
    13 Days
    Rocky IV
    Fail Safe
    Missiles of October
    Dr. Strangelove
    Civil Rights

    Mississippi Burning*
    Malcolm X
    Crisis at Central High
    A Time to Kill
    Eyes on the Prize
    Remember the Titans
    1960s and 1970s
    Apollo 13
    The Hurricane*
    The Right Stuff
    All the President’s Men
    Frost Nixon*
    We were Soldiers*
    Good Morning Vietnam*
    Full Metal Jacket*
    Hamburger Hill*
    Born on the 4th of July*
    Coming Home*

    The Green Berets

    American Sniper (War on Terror)

    Lone Survivor

    Black Hawk Down*     (Somalia-U.S. Drop)
    Jarhead*     (Gulf War)
    Roe v. Wade     (Court case-abortion)
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn     (1900’s-turn of the century)
    Jefferson in Paris     (Thomas Jefferson)
    Manchurian Candidate*     (Gulf War)
    Newsies     (1899-NYC Press/Pulitzer)

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

  2. Advanced Placement US History Syllabus

    January 1, 2018 by Marcie Gorsuch

    Advanced Placement United States History Syllabus 2017-18

    Mrs. Marcie Gorsuch Email address:    Room 213

    Course Description:   AP US History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in American History. The purpose is to present the United States History curriculum in a critical and analytical manner. It is important for students in this course to recognize that simply the memorization of facts is not the goal of the course. This factual base is only the beginning of an understanding. Students should learn to assess historical information and assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance- and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. There will be much emphasis on critical thinking, evaluative writing and the assessment of events or issues in American History.

    Student Expectations:  Students will be expected to participate fully in this class. This class will be conducted using a variety of class discussions and often students will be responsible for studying basic materials outside of class. A variety of supplemental readings such as documents, essays or journals will be included. Students are asked to conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner during class. Oftentimes, we will be working in groups to assess information and conduct a variety of comparison discussion on the information at hand. Cooperation and responsibility are very important. Students should avoid absences whenever possible. In the case of an absence, please see me as soon as possible or email me when you can so that we can keep you up to date. Refer to the blog. All makeup work should be scheduled as soon as you return to school. Tardies will be handled according to school policy (refer to you HHS student handbook). Students need to be responsible for contacting me should you need any help outside of class. I am usually available after school each day Mon – Thurs and often in the am several days a week.  Please let me know if you would like help. If you have an issue that conflicts with this time period, please let me know and we can work it out. Please dress appropriately as outlined in the handbook. Please use passes out of class sparingly.  As this if the first AP course for several of you, please be aware that you may need additional help with skills or strategies especially regarding study skills and time management. Completion of assigned out of class reading is critical. You will be responsible for checking the blog on a regular basis for assignments and additional resources.

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet Links that can provide additional support for you.  Bailey’s Outlines: History/     College Boards Web Page:      Primary Documents:  Digital History  ,  Great General Site:    Avalon Project (Yale Law School w/ incredible resources) National Archives: http://www.archives/gov

    Academic Dishonesty : An F will be earned on the assignment and parental notification will be made. A “U” in conduct will be earned for that grading period and a letter of the infraction will be filed with an administrator and subject to scholarship and college application inquiry. Plagiarism is cheating and addressed as with any other school infraction of the honor code. Please take this seriously and avoid not only compromising you average GPA but consider that your reputation and my perception of your character are important.

    GRADING:   Assessments 35%   Formal Essays/ Projects (Decades counts X 2)/Summer Assignments  25%     Non-test assignments such as Debates, Reading quiz,  homework assignments, etc. 10%     Final Exam 10%   Milestone End Of Course State Mandated Test 20%

    TESTS: Because you must become comfortable with the format of nationally normed tests, as much as possible we will be practicing each of the testing methods found on these kinds of exams –multiple choice questions (both fact based and analytical in type), Short Answer Interpretive, Document Based Essays (DBQ’s) and Free Response skills addressed in parts, with an emphasis on covering the content in a shortened semester due to the AP exam in May.  There are fewer grades than the students may be accustomed to. Textbooks:      America: A Narrative History, Shi, Tindall  United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (Amsco, 1998)

    Precourse Assignment: 2 Parts = movie analysis/ book review  *  themes and movie list posted on the blog. *check the HHS website for due dates & specific instructions -Departments, Academics, Social Studies, AP US History

    Classroom Materials:  COLLEGE ruled notebook paper, Glue stick.  Blue/black pens for essay writing, 1 dedicated notebook =your choice of 3 ring or 5 subject college ruled spiral

    CELL PHONE POLICY“Students shall not use, display or turn on cellular phones, video phones, or electronic devices during instruction time except when a teacher uses these devices for instructional purposes.  The consequences for inappropriate cell phone use are:

    1st offense – Saturday School    2nd offense – 1 Day of ISS    3rd offense – 2 Days of ISS

    Course Objectives:   1. To provide students with a working knowledge of the subject
    2. To help students learn to manage their time in a college level class
    3. To encourage students to look beyond the “bottom line” to bigger questions and issues which have driven and continue to drive history.
    4. To teach students how to work effectively in study teams to improve learning
    5. To develop the ability to analyze historical documents, to understand the process of historical inquiry and to evaluate the quality of various historical arguments
    6. To provide practice in the skills needed to do well on nationally normed standardized tests. (AP, PSAT. SAT.) Exams.
    7. To participate in Socratic discussions, debates, and persuasive speaking assignments to perfect the kinds of critical thinking skills required
    8. To come to value study techniques like marginal notes and outlining.
    9. To learn to write coherent social science essays which demonstrate depth of thought, mastery of material, and critical thinking.
    10. Be able to decode primary source documents, “make meaning” from what you read.                                                                                                                                                  The Advanced Placement test is issued by the College Board gives the students the opportunity to earn college credit for the AP United States History course. Scores range from 0 to 5 with 5 being the superior score. Scoring a 3 or higher will earn students college credit at most accredited colleges and universities. Students in APUSH have the opportunity to earn credit for up to two college courses. Harrison High school highly encourages all students enrolled in the APUSH course to experience the AP test. There will be extensive review sessions during spring semester to revisit content knowledge, skill acquisition, and build confidence.  The test will be administered in May.

    Please devote the time and energy needed to obtain a good grade. Remember that this is college level work and will require your dedication.  U.S. History is required for graduation. Your attendance, organization and attention during class are critical. I look forward to a fun and interesting semester.


    Advanced Placement United States History- Gorsuch 2017

     Our academic mission at Harrison is One Team, One Goal: Student Success!  Our goals are to:

    • strengthen college and career readiness skills,
    • continue professional learning that is data driven by academic departments,
    • strengthen culture, customer service, and communication, and
    • increase stakeholder satisfaction and opportunities for involvement.

    Please devote the time and energy needed to obtain a good grade. Remember that this is college level work and will require your dedication.  U.S. History is required for graduation. Your attendance, organization and attention during class are critical.  Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. Email is the best way to contact me outside of class.

    Mrs. Gorsuch



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