• Welcome to Advanced Placement United States History! 

    In order to complete all the content required for you to have success on the AP US History test in May 2021, we are requiring you to complete a summer assignment.  

    This type of assignment is called a ‘Term List’ which will be repeated throughout the course of the year and will eventually double as your main review guide for each chapter as well as your review guide for the AP Test in May 2021.   

    We suggest completing the assignment in small chunks over a period of time as opposed to waiting until the last moment to try to finish the entire activity.  

    There will be a Google Meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd at 12:15 PM to address any questions you may have about the assignment.  Please check your email inbox in the days leading up to Tuesday, June 23rd for the link.

    You will find more specific instructions on the first page of the assignment.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Pearson at bpearson@lths.org or Mr. Vasile at rvasile@lths.org.  

    We are looking forward to meeting you on Tuesday, June 23rd!

    Your summer assignment is to complete the Period 1 term list which you will find HERE

    You are required to do your own work – this is NOT a group assignment.  

    The following resources are recommended to complete the assignment, although other sources may be acceptable as well. 

    If you have a question about the validity of a source you may email Mr. Pearson at bpearson@lths.org or Mr. Vasile at rvasile@lths.org.  It is strongly recommended that you not wait until the end of the summer to complete the assignment.

    ABC-Clio: https://americanhistory.abc-clio.com/ (username: lockport and password: porters – all lowercase for both username and password)

    You can also access the assignment by going to lths.org, clicking on the ‘Academics’ tab, the ‘Social Studies’ tab, Study Resources, and then clicking on the ‘ABC Clio American History’ link.  


    Official University websites (look for ‘.edu’ in the web address).

    See # 4 as an example of the type of work expected on this assignment.  

    Also, for numbers 18-22, you will be asked to provide the historical context, the audience, the author/artist’s point of view, and the purpose of each document.  What does this all mean?

    Historical Context: What are the historical forces at work at this time?  For example, the historical context of Franklin Roosevelt pushing for legislation to alleviate unemployment is that the United States is experiencing terrible economic problems during the Great Depression.

    Audience: For whom is the document created?  For example, Ronald Reagan’s ‘Tear down this wall’ speech was intended to be heard by pro-Communist leaders in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, along with pro-Democracy citizens demanding change.

    Point of View: What is the author/artist’s point of view?  For example, a writing from Benjamin Franklin might be written from the point of view of someone who supported independence from Great Britain during the pre-Revolutionary period.

    Purpose: What is the purpose of the document?  For example, the purpose of a population graph might intend to show the presence of one group of people increasing while another group decreases.  

    Refer to #19-20 for examples of the type of work expected to answer these questions