AP European History 


Online for 2012-2013 School Year

We have two sections, a new section taught by Meghan Bishop Paher and the other by Gloria Harrison.

Section 1


Email: paherhistory@gmail.com


Class Fees:  $635


Audit Option:   The audit option is available for $150.  Audit students receive all assignments, emails, tests, materials, and access to the class website.  Students who choose to audit have the option of joining the class and paying the balance of tuition if an enrolled student drops. 


Texts Required: 

Western Civilization Since 1300, by J. J. Spielvogel, 7th edition

Barron’s Guide to AP European History

Two other books are required.  Total cost of textbooks may be about $150, depending on which you editions you get and whether they are new or used.


Tech Needs: Full internet access, printer, and scanner or digital camera.


Who should apply: Highly motivated homeschooled students in grades 10 to 12 in the 2012-2013 school year.  Students must be strong readers and writers with a love of learning and keen interest in history.  They need to enjoy an academic challenge and be self-motivated and willing to work hard!   As with all history classes, AP European History requires large amounts of reading and writing, as well as regular interaction on the class website.  Students must have advanced reading and writing skills and must be prepared to spend 12 hours minimum per week on this course.  Enjoyment of creative projects is a plus, as this class incorporates visual and hands-on learning.  Students with a creative or artistic bent are encouraged to apply, as are students considering a college major or minor in history; I will be glad to help them prepare for their future history studies and offer career guidance. 


Class Description:  This course prepares students for the AP European History exam in May 2013.  It covers the social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and diplomatic history of Europe from 1300 to the present.  Additional reading, primary source documents, internet research, and articles supplement the main textbooks.  Students are encouraged to use novels, videos, historic sites, and hands-on projects to enhance their learning experience.  The course will have an interactive website where students will post essays and questions, participate in discussions, and respond to each other’s work.  This class also incorporates hands-on learning through creative projects—excellent educational environment for visual and kinesthetic learners!  Each month's work will include assigned readings from the texts, 2-3 essays, weekly quizzes, and a creative project.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete extra credit assignments!


Parents are encouraged to check the website regularly and be involved.  I send out weekly assignment emails, a midyear progress report, and a final progress report to parents, which includes a final letter grade based on the student’s class work.  After the exam, the student will receive an AP score which, if high enough, will give them college credit. The progress reports and grades will be very useful to show evaluators and include in a portfolio.


Class Schedule:  The class will begin Monday, August 27, 2012 and end with the AP European History Exam on May 15, 2013.  The class does not “meet” at a certain time, but assignments are due each week on Friday. 


Registration:  Click the link to access an application for this class.  Please email me with any questions, or if you cannot access the application.  Class size is limited to 10 students and there will be a number of summer reading assignments, so sign up early!


Instructor Qualifications:  

M.A. in History, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

B.A. in History, Western Kentucky University


In addition to holding two degrees in history, I've worked for a number of historic sites, museums, and historic institutions, including the Indiana Historical Society, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Conner Prairie Living History Museum, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, and the Shriver House Museum of Gettysburg, PA, among others.  Over the years I've led many history programs for both high school and college students, as well as serving as a private tutor for history students at the college level.


Class Philosophy:  "For young students, history comes alive when we concentrate on the end of the word: hiSTORY."  So said Jane Yolen, author of young adult historical fiction books.  I agree with Yolen, and history as a great story has been my teaching philosophy with students ages kindergarten through retirement.  I believe history should be fun, and I enjoy sparking a love of history in my students!  In addition to readings and essays, my course includes a number of hands-on creative assignments.  My goal is to make this class a fun and memorable experience for my students!


In spite of the fun, however, this is a difficult, fast-paced, college-level course.  I expect my students to work very hard and invest a large amount time and energy in their studies—a minimum 10 to 12 hours per week.  If you are not willing work hard and go above and beyond, please do not apply.  Students who do not participate in extra credit work, going above and beyond the requirements, are not likely to do well.


Some material discussed in brief sections of the textbooks may be considered immoral or objectionable.  Although this is a secular class, I am a New Testament Christian and will not give assignments on potentially offensive topics.  If for some reason students or parents do object on moral grounds to a certain assignment, we will find an alternative.  Students will not be required to read, watch, or write any material to which they have a moral objection.


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Section 2 (section full)


Instructor:  Mrs. Gloria Harrison, harrison220@juno.com


Tuition Fees:  Early $670.


Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Class size is limited to 10 students, and I receive lots of applications, so apply early. Students are required to read four books during the summer (The Prince, Daughter of Time, Nicholas and Alexandra, and a biography).  Students may be accepted after the deadline if there are still openings in the class.  Audit option for strong students available ($150) but only after the class has been filled, with the option of joining the class and paying balance of tuition if an enrolled student drops the class. 


Who should apply:  Homeschooled students in grades 10-12, who are avid and mature readers, have advanced writing skills and a strong passion for history.  Academic performance must be well above average, as substantiated by standardized tests scores, such as SAT I, PSAT, other AP scores, etc.  Email me at harrison220@juno.com to request an application form, which will include a more detailed class description.


Texts Required: 

Western Civilization Since 1300, by J. J. Spielvogel, 6th edition. 

AP European History: An Essential Coursebook, by Ethel Wood. 

Two other books required, as well as optional texts. These books will be described in more detail in the application form. Cost of textbooks may run from $100 to $150, depending on whether they are new or used. It is fairly easy to find good secondhand copies online.


Technical Requirements:  High-speed Internet access. Computer and printer both in peak working condition. Anti-virus program required.  Latest version of free Adobe Acrobat Reader, easily downloaded from the Internet.  Scanner highly recommended.


The class is very intense and fast paced.  Students and their parents must understand that the reading and writing component is significant.  Students will also be expected to use outside sources as well as their textbooks: movies, novels, biographies, and Internet research.  They will be submitting two or three essays a month, as well as taking weekly multiple-choice tests.  Students should NOT apply unless they are extremely self-motivated, hard-working, and have both the time and the willingness to spend about 12 hours a week on the class.  They will be expected to actively participate in the class through regular discussion on the website.  The class website is highly interactive (rating: 3) with a message board, links to history sites, quizzes, etc. 


Class Meeting Time: Students do not "meet" at a scheduled time, but all homework is due by Friday evening via an online checklist.  Although the basic syllabus is posted online, I send out detailed emails on Fridays with the assignments for the following week.


Class description:  A study of the social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and diplomatic history of Europe from 1300 to the early 21st century.  The class will thoroughly prepare students for the College Board examination in European History given in May 2013.  All students are expected to take this exam.


The class lasts 35 weeks (not counting a three-week Christmas break, during which there will be a reading assignment) and begins Monday, August 27, 2012.  There is no spring break.  Thanksgiving and Easter weeks will have minimal assignments.  There will be a midterm exam in December and a final exam at the end of April.  We will have finished the textbook by the end of March, and will spend April reviewing.


General Objectives of the Class:

·         to develop a knowledge of European history from the Late Middle Ages to the present

·         to develop an appreciation of the cultural traditions of Western Civilization

·         to analyze relationships in European political, social, economic and intellectual issues

·         to understand the consequences of European contacts with other cultures

·         to analyze and interpret primary and secondary historical sources

·         to develop skills in written and verbal historical analysis


Instructor qualifications:  This will be my 12th year teaching this class online.  I have participated in a workshop for AP European History teachers, and am on the AP European History teachers' list-serve.  My teaching experience also includes homeschooling my four children for 24 years, running the Homeschoolers Geography Club from 1995 to 2001, creating and maintaining during three years a Geography enrichment website for homeschoolers, and giving French lessons.  My background is, to put it mildly, very international.  My father was Portuguese, my mother from Argentina.  A grandfather was Italian, and a grandmother was English.  I have relatives in England, Belgium, and France as well as in Portugal.  I have lived in (not just visited!) 11 countries and four continents.  I was educated in several different schools in Europe and Asia, and graduated from the College of Translators and Interpreters in Lisbon, Portugal.  This intensive three-year college-level course included, among other subjects, the history, culture, and civilization of Great Britain and of France.  I speak four languages fluently.  However, perhaps my greatest asset for teaching this particular class is my life-long passionate interest in history.  I have an extensive home library of fiction and non-fiction titles relating to history.  I am eager to share with my future students my love and enthusiasm for European history.


My approach to the class:  This is a secular class.  All textbooks appropriate for AP European History have material which students and/or parents might find offensive, particularly from a religious or political viewpoint.  I consider myself a Christian, and I will not ask students to write essays on these or other topics which might be deemed inappropriate, nor will my exams contain questions on these topics.  I will not require my students to watch R-rated movies or read 'racy' novels.  I approach the class from a relatively conservative point-of-view, but due to my 60 years of globe-trotting, and my European background, I tend to view the world from a broader perspective. Even so, I do not seek to enforce my own opinions.  In turn, students should feel free to express theirs, while always being respectful of others' religious or political views, even if those views don't agree with theirs.  I monitor the class website and reserve the right to caution any student whose postings may unintentionally offend others.  I believe that careful reading and study of historical texts with an open mind can help to better understand the world we live in and God's plan for it.


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