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AP® UNITED STATES HISTORY
Course and Exam Description Including the Curriculum Framework
Effective Fall 2014
AP United StAteS HiStory
Course and Exam Description
Effective Fall 2014
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Contents Acknowledgments v
About AP® 1 Offering AP Courses and Enrolling Students 2 How AP Courses and Exams Are Developed 2 How AP Exams Are Scored 3 Using and Interpreting AP Scores 4 Additional Resources 4
About the AP U.S. History Course 5 About This Course 5 College Course Equivalent 5 Prerequisites 5
Participating in the AP Course Audit 7 Curricular Requirements 7 Resource Requirements 8
The AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework 9 Introduction 9
Overview of the Curriculum Framework 9 I. Historical Thinking Skills 11
Skill Type I: Chronological Reasoning 12 Skill Type II: Comparison and Contextualization 14 Skill Type III:...