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Summer 2017 Assignments

AP European History Assignment:
There are four parts to this assignment.
1) For this assignment you will need to read the following book. I recommend taking notes since you may need to refer back to what you read for the first two units.
Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas Cahill; ISBN 0385495587
In this fascinating look at the Renaissance and Reformation, Thomas Cahill examines individuals and events from that period to paint a picture of what he calls a “hinge of history” as the world transformed from the Middle Ages to what will become our modern world. A he writes in his foreword, this is the "story of the evolution of Western sensibility, a narration of how we became the people that we are and why we think and feel the way we do." That is what we will be doing all year in this course so this book is an excellent introduction.
2) You will also need to watch parts 1 "Birth of a Dynasty" and 2 "The Magnificent Medici" of the PBS documentary, The Medicis: Godfathers of the Renaissance. The links are also on Mrs. Newmark’s website. Take notes as you watch so you can write the essay on the Medicis.
3) For your writing assignment, which will be due on the first day of classes in August, you will be writing five mini essays on selected individuals to address the following question: How did these individuals' lives and accomplishments mold their own times while still helping to form the modern world? How did they contribute to how we “think and feel the way we do”?

Download the assignment below for more information about what you should be writing to turn in.
4) You will also need to prepare for a quiz on modern European geography on the first day of classes in August. Study the map of modern Europe (Here is one you can print out http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/pdf/eur_country.pdf ) The quiz will be a simple matching quiz to connect the names of countries to their location on the map.
If you haven’t already purchased the readings book for this class from a former student, you can purchase a copy at Amazon. Make sure to buy the fifth edition, volume 2.
If you have any questions about the assignment or the class, please fell free to contact me by email. I am always happy to hear from students. betsynewmark@gmail.com
Click on the link to download the file and you can add your answers in italics below each question. If you don't have Word, you can download and print the pdf file and answer the questions in a separate file.

Mrs. Newmark
Assignment for European History:
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AP Government and Politics (College Level C & E) Assignment:
        Due - The first day of classes
Summer Reading AssignmentDefying the Odds: The 2016 Elections and American Politics by James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney Jr.
The 2016 presidential election was historic and extraordinary in many ways. Elements of that election will provide the basis for much of what we will be discussing this year as far as the role in elections of the media, primaries, parties, and interest groups. To get a start, the summer reading book is Defying the Odds (2017). (ISBN: 144227347X)
The book covers the 2016 elections from the primaries to the general election and then looks to the future. In addition, the book provides some historical context as it contrasts 2016 with the election with some previous elections. This book will provide you with a foundation for understanding electoral politics as well as examples that we will be using all year long in A.P. Government.
Bookstores probably won't have many copies in stock, although they can order it for you. We recommend that order a copy from Amazon, which has some used copies and a Kindle edition available. Mrs. Newmark has a link on her website for this book and for the collection of readings, The Lanahan Readings in American Polity, 6th edition, plus the pocket copy of the Constitution which will be required materials for the course, so you can buy all three at the same time. The readings book and Constitution will also be available for purchase at the book Fair before school begins.

Make sure to do both parts A and B of this assignment.

Download the questions in the assignment below and answer them. You will be turning this in the first day of classes. Your assignment should either be typed or neatly written.
If you have questions please email either:
Mrs. Newmark or
Ms. Winter
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AP US History Assignment:
For this assignment you will need to purchase a copy of American Colonies by Alan Taylor (ISBN 0142002100) You will be using the book for this summer assignment as well as for reading assignments for class during the first unit. This writing assignment will be due on the first day of classes in August. There are lots of used copies of this book on Amazon at this link http://amzn.to/1ryJhFY. It’s fine to buy a used copy.
You will also need to purchase the textbook (America: A Concise History, Combined Volume ISBN 0312643276) for next year. Make sure that you purchase the 5th edition of the textbook. This will not be on sale at Quail Ridge so you will need to purchase it on your own. We recommend that you arrange to acquire the book from a student who has taken APUSH at RCHS over the past four years. You can also purchase inexpensive used versions on Amazon. If you go to Mrs. Newmark’s website, there are links to the exact edition you need. http://www.raleighcharterhs.org/faculty/bnewmark/Amazon.htm
If any family needs financial assistance purchasing the books, please see either Ms. Huddleston or Ms. Klein.
The Assignment:
Follow the directions below and work in order through the tasks that are listed. For Chapters 1-4 of Taylor’s American Colonies, you will be reading and taking notes. Then, you will watch a PBS film, We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower, on the interaction between the Europeans settling in Massachusetts and the Native Americans. All of the parts of this assignment are due to your APUSH teacher on the first day of class in August. Please either type your answers or write neatly.

Download the assignment below for the questions you should be answering to turn in.
Click on the link to download the file and you can add your answers in italics below each question. If you don't have Word, you can download and print the pdf file and answer the questions in a separate file.

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Assignment for APUSH:
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The notes will be collected on the first day of school.