AP European History
On-Line for the 2017-2018 School Year
Teacher: Michael Steele
Early Bird tuition: $625.00 until July 1st 2017
Regular tuition: $675 July 2nd 2017
Course Dates: August 28, 2017 - May, 2018.
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 10-12 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, Alternate Volume: Since 1300, 9th Edition by Jackson Spielvogel, pub. The Pennsylvania State University, ISBN-13: 978-1285436692 ISBN-10: 1285436695 [note: you may buy a used copy or rent a copy if you wish]
Sources of the Western Tradition, Vol. 2 by Perry, Peden, and Von Laue OR The Western Tradition, Vol. 2 by Eugen Weber, pub. D.C. Heath & Co.
Cracking the AP European History Exam 2017 Edition by The Princeton Review, pub. Penguin Random House, ISBN: 978-1-101-91993-4
Class description: This is an 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, interviews/lectures with historians, 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 basic chronology and 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 a clear thesis 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, edit, 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 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 1-2 quizzes weekly 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, as long as I can open attachments]
- Ph.L. in Philosophic Anthropology and Ethics from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy
- Certificate of College Counseling from University of California, San Diego Extension
It is my privilege to be teaching with PA Homeschoolers AP Online classes. Over the course of the last six years, I have taught a variety of courses, including Spanish I and II, Latin I, Greek I, Morality, College Preparation and Sacred Scripture. I also served as the College Counselor, Director of Campus Ministry and Academic Advisor for St. Joseph Academy, a K-12 independent private school in San Marcos, CA. In addition, I was the operations manager at the Oceanside Swap Meet for 8 years, the largest weekend flea market in the North County of San Diego. Originally from Southern CA, I earned my Ph.L in Philosophic Anthropology and Ethics from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Italy and more recently, a certificate in college counseling from the University of California, San Diego Extension. I have lived and worked in Europe and the U.S. and speak Italian and Spanish with full professional proficiency. I have a strong passion for learning, teaching, college counseling, property management and small business. Both my wife and I were homeschooled and consider ourselves very much a part of the community. I enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with my family, as well as, reading, learning, writing, teaching and counseling, and playing the banjo.
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