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The best experiences I had in this class with regards to interaction with other students were the Dinner which students assume the characters of major historical figures and discuss and debate the issues of the day.

AP European History

On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year

Teacher: Mr. Michael Munson



Teacher: Mr. Michael Munson


Accepting Applications for the 2020-21 School Year.

AP European History is a high level academic study of European civilization from its origins in the late Medieval Period to the present. This course is the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern European history. Students in AP European History will explore and analyze the major events, people, influence, and processes of modern European civilization. In doing so, they will routinely apply historical analysis and reasoning in the areas of comparison, causation, contextualization, and continuity and change over time. 

This course integrates seven historical themes required by the College Board: interaction of Europe and the world, economic and commercial development, cultural and intellectual development, nation states and other institutions of power, social organization and development, national and European identity, and technological and scientific innovations. These themes have students exploring connections among historical developments in different times and places. 

 Who should take this course? Academically motivated 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are interested in learning more about our world by understanding the forces that have created the modern society in which we live. Students should be willing to accept a weekly workload of 10-12 hours that will include reading, assignments, quizzes, essays, periodic collaboration with classmates on various projects, and participation in online class discussion threads. 


Course Materials:

*Required Text (to be purchased independently by students): 

McKay, John McKay; Clare Haru Crowston; Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks; Joe Perry. A History of Western Society: Since 1300: AP Edition. 12th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2017. 

Print ISBN: 9781319035983   eText ISBN: 9781319120320


*Primary and secondary source documents will be provided as either PDFs or editable texts as assignments within each unit.

*A specific notebook for AP Euro will be useful so that you can take, and keep track of notes from the the course videos I create and assign.


Technology Requirements


The Course begins Thursday August 27, 2020 and ends on Monday May 10, 2021 with a live session to discuss the AP Exam. 

*August 27 & 28 are optional live video sessions to introduce AP Euro, Zoom video, and the Schoology class site. You can attend either day, or if you’re already familiar with these, you can watch a video I post on Schoology a few days before the live sessions.


AP European History Exam: Friday, May 7, 12:00 PM

 Breaks during the school year:

Thanksgiving Break Saturday, Nov. 21 - Monday, Nov. 30

Winter Break from Saturday, Dec. 19 - Sunday, Jan. 3

Spring Break Friday, April 2 - Sunday, April 12


AP European History Tuition Options:

Early enrollment rate: $625 for those who register before midnight July 1, 2020

Regular enrollment rate: $675 for those who register after midnight July 1, 2020


Course format:

This course will generally be asynchronous with assignments and assessments posted and completed on Schoology. By mid August the Schoology class site will have a course calendar with all textbook reading assignments, unit exam dates, and vacation breaks for the entire 20-21 school year. Students are expected to complete reading assignments by the day they are assigned and are allowed to read ahead and work on the associated assignments. At the start of each unit of study, the unit learning objectives will be posted on Schoology and shared via email. All assignments for each unit will be posted the day the unit begins. All assignments within each unit are to be completed and submitted by midnight the day before the unit exam. Students who desire more direct time management help can be comforted by my practice of providing daily assignment reminders/recommendations via the Remind app or email. Students can also interact with me with content and assignment questions at anytime via the Remind app. 

 Live Video Sessions via Zoom: Each week there will be optional live meeting sessions for check-ins and discussion for students who feel the need. Time and day of these meetings will be determined by consensus during the first week of class. It is possible that there will be more than one weekly meeting time to accommodate time conflicts that may arise. If that’s the case, students will be able to choose a live session that best fits their schedule. At various times throughout the year there will be required live sessions. As with the optional meetings, time and day will be determined by consensus and I will try to keep this number at 4 or fewer. 


 Unit Structure:

This course follows the College Board’s Course and Exam Description of AP European History and consists of 9 specific units shown below. Each unit is between 15 and 20 class days.

Unit 1: Renaissance and Exploration

Unit 2: Age of Reformation

Unit 3: Absolutism and Constitutionalism

Unit 4: Scientific, Philosophical, and Political Developments

Unit 5: Conflict, Crisis, and Reaction in the Late 18th Century

Unit 6: Industrialization and Its Effects

Unit 7: 19th-Century Perspectives and Political Developments

Unit 8: 20th-Century Global Conflicts

Unit 9: Cold War and Contemporary Europe


Unit outlines with a list of learning objectives, assignments, and videos are posted on Schoology before the start of each unit. All student work including reading assignments are directly related to the AP learning objectives for this course and will appear in the student Schoology class space and on the course calendar. There will also be non-graded reading guides for each chapter to help students identify and understand important details and themes as they progress through textbook reading assignments.

Student progression through each unit involves following the sequence of assignments and quizzes indicated by number and textbook sections. 

For example, Unit 1 coursework

1-A) Read Sections “Prelude to Disaster and The Black Death” in McKay textbook.

1-B) Video: Mr. Munson Notes-Black Death Causes and Consequences

1-C) Document Analysis: The Black Death

1-D) Read Section “The Hundred Years’” in McKay textbook.  

1-E) Video: Mr. Munson Notes- Consequences of the Hundred Years’ War


Unit exams will consist of two parts. Part I is a multiple choice section. Part II is a written section involving short answer questions (SAQs), and either a long essay question (LEQ) or a document based essay question (DBQ).

Instructor Qualifications: I have taught multiple Advanced Placement courses since 1992. My syllabi are AP Audit approved by the College Board in AP European History, AP World History, AP United States History, AP Psychology, and AP United States Government and Politics. Since 2014 I have taught a rotating schedule of these courses online from my home in Pennsylvania. Over the years my AP students have performed remarkably well as indicated by a collective  mean score of 4.07 on AP exams. I am a licensed 7-12 Social Studies teacher in Pennsylvania with BA degrees in history and secondary education from Bemidji State University and have accumulated over 70 graduate credits in teaching history and psychology. Outside of teaching I spend joyful time with my wife, our four daughters, and two granddaughters. I've spent much time traveling throughout the United States and Europe where I've taken groups of students on trips through EF tours to Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Ireland.

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