AP European History
On-Line for the 2017-2018 School Year
Teacher: Hannah Donohue
Tuition Fees: Early Bird Tuition (before July 1st): $600.00; Regular Tuition: $625
Course Dates: August 27th, 2018 - May, 2019.
Registration Deadline: Enrollment is open for the 2018-19 academic year. Class is limited to 20 students. Students may be accepted after the deadline if there are still openings in the class.
Who should apply: Motivated home-schooled students in grades 10-12 who wish to take the AP European History exam and are willing to devote 8-10 hours a week to study, including a substantial amount of reading and writing. It is also important that applicants are willing to actively participate in this course.
- Western Civilization Since 1300, Alternate Volume: AP Edition (9th edition) - Jackson J. Spielvogel ISBN-13: 978-1285436692 ISBN-10: 1285436695
- Sources of the Western Tradition, Vol. II: From the Renaissance to the Present (9th edition) - Marvin Perry
- Cracking the AP European History Exam, 2017 Edition - The Princeton Review ISBN-10: 1101919930 ISBN -13: 978-1101919934
Class description: This is a college-level course which investigates the cultural, intellectual, political, social, and economic history of Europe through four chronological periods from the Renaissance to the present, and is structured around five course themes: 1) Interaction of Europe and the World, 2) Poverty and Prosperity, 3) Objective Knowledge and Subjective Visions, 4) States and other Institutions of Power, and 5) Individual and Society. In addition to gaining factual knowledge, such as basic chronology and major events, students will master key concepts, develop historical thinking skills, examine primary and secondary sources, develop writing skills, and practice both short answer questions and document-based questions in preparation for the AP European History exam given in May 2018. All students are expected to take this exam.
The course is conducted entirely online using a variety of multimedia tools [online lectures, articles, videos, virtual tours, animated maps, charts & graphs, etc.] in addition to the printed textbooks and anthology. Students will not only complete regular reading, writing, and homework assignments, but will actively participate with their classmates in lively discussions on our class website, respond to other students' essays, and join occasional Google+ Hangouts for discussions or review sessions. This course includes a summer assignment which will be both posted on this page and emailed to accepted students mid-June.
General Objectives of the Class:
- To gain factual knowledge of major events and trends in European history from 1450 to the present;
- To develop historical thinking skills;
- To analyze historical evidence and express understanding and analysis in both written and verbal form;
- To develop coherent written arguments with clear theses supported by historical evidence;
- To prepare for the rigors of advanced college-level work in history
Regular Assignments Will Include:
- Reading - approximately 35 pages per week
- Essays – Each week, your student will either write or edit an essay, or respond to another student’s essay to prepare them for the exam essays
- Discussion – lively discussions based on questions frequently posted on our class website
- Identifications (IDs) – a brief, weekly write-up on important events, ideas, people, and places
- Lecture – students listen asynchronously to video lectures from various academic channels or education sites [Annenberg Learner, Open Yale, etc.]
- Quizzes – your student will take one (1) quiz per week to ensure (s)he is keeping pace with the class
- Think-it-Through MCQ – a multiple choice question (MCQ) will be posted each morning. This is to prepare your student for more difficult multiple choice questions on the exam
- Projects - these are creative assignments for either individuals or groups
Technical Requirements: High-speed Internet access and computer, a Gmail account, and Word Processing [Microsoft or other, excluding .pages]
- State of Ohio Educator License, Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Social Studies
- B.S. in Education (AYA Social Studies), Franciscan University of Steubenville
This will be my second year teaching AP European History with PA Homeschoolers AP Online Classes. I have also taught Honors American History, Civics, World History, Criminal Justice, and 20th Century American History in Jefferson County Public Schools, Ohio. I also served as a teaching assistant at the Volksschule Gaming (Elementary School) in Gaming, Austria, during a semester abroad, where I taught English language and reading. I have traveled in Europe, particularly in Eastern Austria and throughout Italy, and I speak with elementary proficiency in both German and Spanish. Before deciding to become a history teacher, I studied music education, theory, and performance at a conservatory in my native state of Virginia. My K-8 education was conducted at home under the supervision of my parents, so I am familiar with the homeschooling community and have a great appreciation for the educational philosophies and varied reasons underpinning the choice to educate at home. My husband was homeschooled K-12 and we hope someday to continue the tradition by educating our children at home as well.
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