Welcome to APUSH Teacher: Brian Kurth About Mr .Kurth • • • • Student at Appleton East UW-Oshkosh-Bachelors Marian University- Masters Taught 2 years in Guatemala and 2 years in Thailand • Taught U.S. History at Horace Mann H.S. in NFDL • Taught Civics and Western Civilization at University Lake School • Second year at Appleton East teaching APUSH, U.S. History and Head of the Social Studies Department About APUSH Overview • In-depth college level course meant to prepare students for the AP test • Look at history from multiple angles and themes • Extensive amount of reading and writing involved Class website and remind 101 www.apush.webnode.com Goals of Mr. Kurth’s APUSH class • 3 or greater on the AP test • Students will be fully prepared and ready to succeed in any college level social science course • Students gain an extensive understanding of U.S. History and how it has shaped the society we live in. The AP Test • Taken in early-mid May. Cost is around $90. • How hard is it? - Redesigned test: 55 stimulus based MC, 4 Short Answer, 1 LRQ, 1 DBQ. - Competing against the top high school in the country and world “Why should I take it? Sounds horrendous?!” - Potential to save thousands of dollars - Potential to pick your classes early - Will be fully prepared for college courses/tests Based upon UW Madison what you will receive for your AP score… 1- Nothing 2- Nothing 3- 3 General Education credits 4- 6 History credits and do not have to take the required two U.S. History courses 5- Same as 4 History of the APUSH Test at East and AASD • Low passing scores for the past decade- on average 40% with a 3 or better • West and North averaged around 75% • Mr. Kurth took over APUSH last year and raised the level of the course. Results: 70% had a 3 or better with six people receiving 5’s. • Overall East average for scores last year was 3.1. National average was 2.7. • 80% of East APUSH students last year took the test “Is this class going to kill my GPA!?” • Most likely no. APUSH class averages last year were 91.5%, 88.6%, and 82.1% • There is definitely a lot of work though and your ears, eyes, and mind need to be open “What about all of my extracurricular activities and/or job!?” • Ability to juggle many different responsibilities • Ability to focus • In order to succeed in life you need to… 1. Trust yourself and abilities 2. Don’t be afraid to fail (or for some of you receive anything less than an A) 3. Don’t listen to the naysayers including sometimes yourself 4. Most important rule: WORK YOUR BUTT OFF 5. Give back to your family, community, country Now Lets Get To Work!!