AP-Honors US History

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Teacher: Steve Heimler
Date/Time: Monday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Departments: Advanced Placement, History & Social Studies
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 18

This course is designed to help students think like historians, as well as digest the most important events and figures in American History. Everything we do in this course will engage one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the story of American history?
  • How do historians construct and evaluate the stories they tell?
  • Why study history?

As students acquire the skills of historians, they will put them to extensive use on primary documents and film. Expect to sharpen fundamental skills of critical and historical thinking, such as reading for the main point, asking good questions, drawing connections, assessing the reliability of sources, constructing sound arguments, assessing change over time, and determining the limits of what can be known. Equipped with such skills, you will learn to exercise discernment when confronting historical claims people make about the past.

A Point of View on American History: As we debate what “story” best makes sense of the history of the United States, you will develop your own perspective on the nation’s past and learn to recognize, critique, and understand other perspectives.

Rhetorical Skills: This course will help you improve your ability to speak and write persuasively.

Theological Integration: Additionally, students will read, watch, and listen to some of America’s greatest theological minds/hearts, including: Jonathan Edwards, Francis Asbury, George Eldon Ladd, Francis Schaeffer, Cotton Mather, and George Whitefield.


  • America’s History, For the AP® Course. 8th edition.Henretta, James A., et. al.  Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 978-1457628931
  • Primary documents and other supplemental readings provided by Heimler.


• Tuition: $80/mo.

• Supply fee: $5/mo. 

o NOTE: The supply fee goes toward student and parent access to our online assessment and grade reporting administration tool (Engrade.com).

File Attachment:   APUSH Syllabus 2018-2019 MASHeimler.docx (115 KB)