Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Some of our upper-level courses at South Medford are designated as AP (Advanced Placement) classes. This means that the curriculum parallels the content tested on the Advanced Placement Tests offered each May by the College Board (a national testing agency).
AP courses are offered at SMHS for the following subjects: Studio Art, Biology, Calculus, Economics, English Composition, English Literature, US Government and Politics, Comparative Government, US History, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, European History, and Human Geography.
If you take an AP class, it is recorded on your high school transcript and counts as credit toward graduation. To receive college credit, you must take and pass the AP Exam for that subject. If you are interested in taking an AP course, you should talk to your counselor. It is possible to take an AP Test even if you are not enrolled in an AP class. Additionally, while some advanced level classes may not have the AP designation, their content may still provide excellent preparation for the exam.
You can read more information about Advanced Placement Exams on the College Board website.
AP Human Geography
Intrinsic in any AP course is an increased workload and some time for review outside of class. Part of entering an AP class is an assumption of a certain level of background knowledge and skills. We are recommending students work on their global map knowledge during the summer. Please review and be prepared to take an assessment the first week of school in the fall relating to the world map and country list. The map assessment will require you to match the name with the correct location on a world map.
A second part of our summer preparation is to read the first chapter of our textbook. Textbooks will be distributed on the first day of school. For your summer work, please read the Chapter 1 of the textbook (see below). Another possibility is to purchase the book online. We will use The Cultural Landscape by James M. Rubenstein (10th Edition). There are used copies available online. Not only would this be helpful with your summer work, but would also allow you to highlight and write in the text through-out the entire school year. Very few students purchase the textbook, but I did want to let you know that it is a possibility. Also review the Chapter 1 Key Issues. These are worksheets that go along with the chapter. We will complete a Key Issues Packet for each chapter in the textbook. These are chapter study guides and will help you review the chapter. Please print & complete these questions as your read Chapter 1.
The third and last part of summer prep is to begin your vocabulary notecards. AP Human Geography is a very vocabulary intensive class. You will create vocabulary notecards for each chapter of study. A majority of the words are in your textbook, but a few will require the internet. You will need to purchase or make (cut-up paper) 3 x 5 notecards. Please follow the vocabulary format & vocabulary list for Chapter 1.
If you have friends interested in taking AP Human Geography next year, but may not have registered for the class, please direct them to the South Medford website to get these summer homework assignments. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Baugh.
AP US History
In an effort to acclimate students to the level of reading, critical thinking skills and historical thinking skills they will need for AP US History, we have created these reading materials from Chapter 1 and 2 of our textbook to be completed over the summer. This work is required for all students who are planning to take the AP US History course in the fall of 2015. For more information, please contact Mr. Woodward.
Read both chapter summaries and both chapter readings. Answer all of the short-answer questions for both chapters on pages 4-5 and 34-35 (there are 2 for each chapter). In addition, out of the 4 long-essay options on the same pages, choose ONE of the four long-essay prompts. Then use the scoring guide on pages 59-60 to determine whether the prompt is a continuity and change, comparison, causation or periodization prompt. Use the scoring guide requirements to write a 2-3 page essay.
In addition to the above task, read and review the historical themes and thematic learning objectives on pages 61-65. These themes are the basis for how we learn history in AP US History class. We will have a quiz on these the first week of school.