• AP Government & Politics

    This syllabus will be updated from time to time. Last update: Feb 10
    Here are two annual AP Government related contests you can enter to earn scholarship money:
    Roots of Liberty Essay Contest
    Deadline - Dec 2019
    500 words (maximum 3250 characters)
    Grand prize - $5000; 2nd place - $3000; 3rd place - $1000
    Here's the link:
    JFK Essay in Courage Contest
    Deadline - Jan 2020
    Maximum Word Count 1,000 (minimum 700)
    Grand Prize - $10,000; 2nd place - $3000; 3rd place - $1000
    Here's the link:
    Attached is the course syllabus, which includes a schedule of daily lessons and homework assignments. The AP curriculum framework and other materials are located in the additional resources tab, and the web resources tab has additional links.
    Extra credit - students may choose to read the following books for 5 bonus points. Write a 1-2 page reflection on three things you learned (3 pts), and volunteer to make a short presentation for other students to summarize those points (2 pts).
    1st Quarter - completed by Oct 25
    Catherine Drinker Bown, Miracle at Philadelphia, 1966 (Selected Chapters)
    2nd Quarter - completed by Jan 10
    William L. Riordon, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, 1963
    Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906
    3rd Quarter - completed by Mar 21
    David A. Strauss, "The Common Law Genius of the Warren Court," William and Mary Law Review, 2007 (Liberal point of view)
    Robert H. Bork, The Tempting of America (1990) - Chapters 2, 3, 7, 9, 12 (Conservative point of view)
    Whittaker Chambers, Witness (1952) - Chapters 1-9
    4th Quarter - completed by May 30
    Choose any book (fiction or non-fiction) related to Policy. Here are some suggestions:
    Michael Pillsbury, The Hundred Year Marathon (2015) - Non-fiction
    John Grisham, The Pelican Brief (1992) - Fiction
    David Kirkpatrick, Into the Hands of the Soldiers (2018) - Non-fiction
    William F. Buckley, See You Later, Alligator (1985) - Fiction
    Bill Broder, Red Alert (2015) - Non-fiction
    Tom Clancy, Red Storm Rising (1986) - Fiction
    Mark Levin, Plunder and Deceit (2015) - Non-fiction
    Michael Crichton, Rising Sun (1992) - Fiction
    Gregg Jarrett, The Russia Hoax (2018) - Non-fiction
    I encourage you to watch the following animation on why education, and particularly on government, is important in a democracy:
    Ever wonder what your political affiliation might be?  Take this Pew Research quiz and find out:
    Or this site gives you a more detailed analysis:
    Comments (-1)
  • AP World History Syllabus

    This is the AP World History syllabus. Updates due to schedule changes will be made here (last update - Feb 10). If you find an error in the syllabus, use common sense.

    Optional - Students can earn up to 5 bonus points per quarter by reading a related book for the time period we are covering. Three points will be awarded for a 1-2 page reflection of three important things you learned. Two additional points can be earned by making a short (1-2 minutes) presentation in front of the class. Here are some examples:


    Tamim Ansary, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes (2009)

    1st Quarter: Chapters 1-7 (completed by Oct 25)

    2nd Quarter: Chapters 8-11 (completed by Jan 10)

    3rd Quarter: Chapters 12-15 (completed by Mar 21)

    4th Quarter: Chapters 16-17 (completed by May 30)


    Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997)

    1st Quarter: Chapters 1, 2, 6 and 7 (completed by Oct 25)

    2nd Quarter: Chapters 4, 10, and 3 (completed by Jan 10)

    3rd Quarter: Chapters 11, 18, and 13 (completed by Mar 21)

    4th Quarter: Chapter 14, 16 (and one more chapter of your choosing) - (completed by May 30)


    Other suggestions:

    1st Quarter:

    Hermann Hesse, Siddharta (1951)

    Tranquillus, About the Life of the Caesars (Twelve Caesars) (121 C.E.)

    Sun Tzu, The Art of War, c. 5th-century B.C.E.


    2nd Quarter:

    Ephraim Lessing, Nathan the Wise (1779)

    Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

    Hugh Thomas, Conquest: Cortez, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico (1995)


    3rd Quarter:

    Robert Whitaker, The Mapmaker's Wife (2004)

    Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness (1899)

    William Dalrymple, The Last Mughal (2006)


    4th Quarter:

    Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August (1962)

    Pearl Buck, The Good Earth (1932)

    Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb, I Am Malala (2013)


    Comments (-1)
  • Honors International Relations

    Here is the course syllabus, which includes a schedule of daily lessons and homework assignments. It will be updated, as determined by events. Last update: Feb 10

    Comments (-1)
  • AP European History

    Attached is the course syllabus, which includes a schedule of daily lessons and homework assignments.  The Web Resources tab provides link to the College Board and other study sites.  See also the AP European History Overview in the Additional Resources section for study tips.  
    Extra Credit – students may choose a history of their choice, either written in period (i.e. at the time we are studying) or a history about the period we are studying. This is voluntary and is designed to encourage you to start reading history. It is worth up to 5 bonus points per quarter.  You must write a 1-2 page analysis of 3 key points you found in your reading, and then give a 1-2 minute verbal talk in front of the class on those 3 points.  Listed below are due dates and suggestions (again, these are merely suggestions - you may choose your own with my approval):
    1st Qtr – no later than Oct 27: Machiavelli, "The Prince"
    2nd Qtr – no later than Jan 12: Robert Whitaker, "The Mapmaker's Wife"
    3rd Qtr – no later than Mar 21: Barbara Tuchman, "The Guns of August"
    4th Qtr – no later than Jun 1: Alan Bullock, "Hitler: A Study in Tyranny"
    For those taking the AP exam, I recommend either purchasing an AP prep book, such as Barron's or Princeton Review, or an online prep course.
    Comments (-1)