1. Read a Book
Students are to purchaseand read Morris Bishop's The Middle Ages. No written assignment is required to be completed during the summer. Students should arrive ready to take a test on the contents of the book the first week of class. I have created a study guide in order to assist students monitor their understanding of the text.
2. Learn a Map
Students will be expected to be familiar with a basic map of Europe on the first day of class.
LINK TO MAP
Dear Incoming AP European Students,
Welcome to AP European History! I am thrilled you are participating in one of the most interesting and challenging classes at Upper Merion. If you love history (and even if you don’t), you will truly enjoy this class. We will spend the 2017-18 school year focusing on developing your abilities to think conceptually about European history and applying historical thinking skills as you learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — interaction of Europe and the world, poverty and prosperity, objective knowledge and subjective visions, states and other institutions of power, and individual and society — provide areas of historical inquiry for our investigation throughout the course. These themes will require you to reason historically about continuity and change over time, making comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places, and understanding the relationship between cause and effect. We will also spend time preparing for the College Board AP exam which is given in mid-May.
The Advance Placement Program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to complete a course equivalent to a freshman college class. AP European History covers the period from the Renaissance (circa 1450 CE) to the present and so typically the college course it replicates may be called ‘Western Civilization II’. Additionally, the AP curriculum emphasizes higher-level critical thinking skills, analytical reading, essay writing, and primary source document interpretation.
Why do we have a summer assignment for AP European History?
- All students deserve the opportunity to take AP classes to challenge themselves academically and to work toward earning college credit in high school. However, all students do not have the background knowledge and skills they need to be successful. This assignment addresses this need by providing AP European course preparation, which helps you to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills you can build up before class begins. In other words, this assignment (if completed successfully) will get you to ready for day one of class.
- In order for us cover over 600 years of European History in 8 months (September-April), we must get off to a running start. Once the school year begins, we will start with the Renaissance and examine the development of Western Civilization up to the most recent past. In order to appreciate the events that occurred in Europe during this era, you need to know what came before that time and what inspired the revolutionary (and sometimes evolutionary) changes. This summer assignment will give us a much-needed context to begin our look at modern European History.
The summer assignment is called ‘ONBoard’. ‘ONBoard’ is an online, interactive program designed to help build the background knowledge and skills needed to succeed in AP European History. ‘ONBoard’ includes:
- Videos, Animations, & Interactive modules to develop some basic knowledge and the skills necessary to begin our look at European History
- Check Points & End of Module Quizzes provide immediate feedback to gauge your understanding.
- A Pre-Test and Comprehensive Assessment show growth and help identify knowledge gaps.
The link the access the website is: http://connect.mheducation.com/class/r-larkin-summer-assignment. If you didn’t register for ONBoard at the end of the school year, you will need to email me to get the access code.
p.s. If you have any confusion or questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I normally respond within 24-48 hours.
APEH Summer Assignment
- Pre Test – Optional Assignment - Extra Credit added to other scores
- Introduction & Module 1: European History Primer 1450-Present – 20 Points
- Module 2: Gathering and Organizing Information – 20 Points
- Module 3: Analyzing Primary Sources – 20 Points
- Module 4: Interpretive and Advanced Skills – 15 Points
- Comprehensive Assessment – 75 Points
1. The Pre-Test
- The Summer Assignment begins with a Pre-Test, which is designed to test the base level of your skills and background knowledge. Your should not be discouraged if you get a low score on the Pre-Test. You’ll learn all you need to know to earn a higher score on the Comprehensive Assessment while you examine the interactive sub-modules.
o Due by July 18, 2017. This assignment is 75 Questions long and it completely optional. However, it will count as extra credit for the graded components of the Summer Assignment. However, to receive the extra credit, it must be completed by the due date. No late submissions will be accepted.
2. Introduction and Module 1: European History Primer 1450-Present
- The “Introduction” provides an interactive tutorial to explain how to use the ‘ONBoard’ Program
- ‘Module 1’ provides a primer for the course with on overview of the topics to be covered as well as a deep look at the era just previous to when our analysis will begin at the beginning of the school year.
- After finishing all of the submodules within the “Introduction” and “Module 1” there will be a 20 question graded quiz. Make sure you feel comfortable with the content and skills covered before starting. If you feel it necessary, go back and review the submodules.
o Due by July 25, 2017. If you submit it late, you will receive a 20% reduction in grade.
3. Module 2: Gathering and Organizing Information
- ‘Module 2’ introduces and develop skills in the areas of analyzing secondary sources and writing thesis statements. ‘Making Inferences’ and ‘Synthesizing Information’ gets you to think beyond the typical reading comprehension to get you to discover information that may not be obvious within the words of the text. Additionally, you will develop skills in reading and analyzing historical maps and various types of data presented in charts and graphs
- After finishing all of the submodules within “Module 2” there will be a 20 question graded quiz. Make sure you feel comfortable with the content and skills covered before starting. If you feel it necessary, go back and review the submodules.
o Due by August 1, 2017. If you submit it late, you will receive a 20% reduction in grade.
4. Module 3: Analyzing Primary Source
- ‘Module 3’ introduces and develop skills in the areas of analyzing primary sources. You will be introduced to ways to read primary text documents as well as analyzing the sources of those documents. Additionally, you will learn how to analyze visual primary sources like fine art, posters, photographs and political cartoons.
- After finishing all of the submodules within “Module 3” there will be a 20 question graded quiz. Make sure you feel comfortable with the content and skills covered before starting. If you feel it necessary, go back and review the submodules.
o Due by August 8, 2017. If you submit it late, you will receive a 20% reduction in grade.
5. Module 4: Interpretive and Advanced Skills
- ‘Module 4’ introduces and develop some of the historical thinking skills that are needed when writing an essay for AP European History. Essays and thinking skills surrounding Comparison, Causation, and Continuity and Change over Time are practiced.
- **Important note** - Skip the submodule entitled “Critical Analysis”.
- After finishing all of the submodules within “Module 4” there will be a 15 question graded quiz. Make sure you feel comfortable with the content and skills covered before starting. If you feel it necessary, go back and review the submodules.
o Due by August 15, 2017. If you submit it late, you will receive a 20% reduction in grade.
6. The Comprehensive AssessmentThe Summer Assignment ends with a Comprehensive Assessment. It is skills-based and knowledge based, and provides the teacher with data on the skills and background knowledge areas in which you may be struggling.
After finishing all of the Modules there will be a 75 question graded assessment. Make sure you feel comfortable with the content and skills covered within the four modules. If you feel it necessary, go back and review.
o Due by August 22, 2017. If you submit it late, you will receive a 20% reduction in grade.
Some thoughts on the Summer Assignment:
- Work is to be done individually. Collaborative efforts will result in an F.
- This is the first time a skill-driven type of summer assignment has been attempted for AP European History. I think that, given your best effort, it will be more helpful than others given in the past while requiring less effort on your part. However, you need to be attentive and focused when working on the modules.
- Complete the modules and submodules in order. They build on each other and historical content introduced in one submodule may be needed for a subsequent submodule.
- I will be learning the online system along with you so if you have any history or technical problems please reach out and I will do my best to resolve the issues.
- I have access to all sorts of data like time spent on each submodule. If you are truly having struggles, please reach out for assistance, extension, or even a redo. However, be aware that if I see that you haven’t spent a decent amount of time preparing, I will not be giving extensions, redo’s, etc.
- While I recognize the voice-overs on the interactive lessons are far from exciting, the historical content and skills presented are vital to your success.
- Don’t try to complete an entire module at one sitting. It is too long. Break down the assignment in small parts so you don’t get too annoyed with the computerized voice.
- Each module takes hours to complete (Module four is shorter because you will skip the submodule “Critical Analysis”). Complete a submodule (range from 15-35 minutes) each day. Better yet, set up a schedule. The modules and submodules are listed below to help.
- Use the 5-10 question self-check quizzes at the end of each sub-module to assess your own success. If you don’t feel like you ‘got it’ review the submodule again. The twenty-question quiz at the end of each module shouldn’t be attempted until you feel you have mastered each submodule.
Introduction & Module 1: European History Primer