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    Summer Reading for 2018
    With our advanced academic courses, all students at GPFAA will participate in the GPISD Summer Reading activities. All of the Summer Reading Information is in the link below.

    2018 Pre-AP and AP Required Summer Reading Information based off of the GPISD requirements


    AP US History Summer Assignment

    Welcome to AP United States History! The US History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US History. The program makes demands on students, equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance.

    The class is fast paced so that we can cover everything in order to prepare you to take the EOC and AP Exams. As a result, a summer assignment is required as a “slow start” to help you get a handle on things and help prepare for the class. This preparation is to be done BEFORE you arrive to class. The goal of these assignments will be to introduce students to the pace of the class, the level of work that will be expected, and get you thinking about history. The expectation is that these assignments will be completed by the FIRST day of class.

    -Mrs. Butterfield, United States History (APUSH) Summer Assignment – 2018

    Assignments: Assignment

    1: (10 points) Join Remind for IMPORTANT information:

    -Text @apushgpfaa to 81010

    Assignment 2: (50 points)

    Become familiar with College Board and the AP US History Course

    a. Visit the College Board Website for AP United States History

    b. Create an account (if you do not already have one)

    c. Explore the AP United States History Course overview and course description

    d. Identify the following information:

    1. How is the AP US History test laid out? MC? SAQ’s? Essays?

    2. What is the time limit of the AP exam? How much time for each section?

    3. What are the 9 chronological periods of US History that are covered?

    4. What are the 7 themes in US History that are developed in the course?

    5. What are the historical reasoning skills that are developed in the course?

    Assignment 3: (100 points)

    Task: As a student of American History it is important to know the men who have led this country in its first 242 years. As such, each of you will make a set of Presidential flashcards to be used as a review tool and a source of information for tests.

    Step 1: Using an index card, create a flash card for each President by writing the name of the President on the Card

    a. You will make a card for Washington through Trump

    b. Grover Cleveland will have 2 cards because he was elected 2 times but NOT consecutively

    Step 2: On the reverse side of the name include the following information:

    a. Dates in office

    b. Vice President (you will need to look this up)

    c. Significant events from time in office (see attached spreadsheet)

    Assignment 4: (150 points)

    Task: As a student of American History it is important to know significant terms, events, people, and places. Therefore, each of you will need to begin writing terms NOW. Because of the large number of terms that you will be responsible for – getting a head start now will be beneficial to your success.

    Step 1: Using an index card, create a flash card for each term/person/event by writing the name of the term/person/event on the front side of the card

    Step 2: On the reverse side of the index card: include the following 2 components:

    (a) identify/define the term/concept (the definition cannot include the term itself)

    (b) ACE: apply or connect the term/concept to something that is relevant to other events, people, places, etc., or to some other period in history, or provide an example of the term/concept. If any relevant picture/symbols/ etc. come to mind add those too.

    (c) 2 different examples are shown below (in the PDF available below)


    PLEASE click this document to view the list of presidents and important events. Also included is a copy of the summer assignment. (English) Printable PDF


    We only offer courses that prepare students for college and career readiness: AP, Dual Credit and Pre-AP

    • Advanced Placement is a national curriculum set by College Board ( which allows students to gain both high school and college credit. Students must pass the nationally recognized test to receive college credit (high school courses)  
    • Dual Credit is a curriculum set by the state and followed by the local community colleges. Students receive college credit if they pass the course. (high school courses)
    • Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum is meant to prepare students for the rigor and skills in AP and dual credit courses. (middle and high school courses)

    GPFAA AP Testing Information
    The students who qualify will be participating in the College Board Advanced Placement testing during the school day from Monday, May 1st to Friday, May 12th. Students have received specific information for testing as well as the schedule and location for testing. Good luck to all!

    PreAP & AP Classes

    PreAP & AP Contract (English) PDF

    PreAP & AP Contract (Spanish) PDF

    PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship

    The PSAT/NMSQT is scheduled the third week of every October and is administered to 10th and 11th grade students during the school day. This practice test for the SAT is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and the National Scholarship Service for African-American Students. It covers critical reading, writing, and math skills, and can be a valuable predictor for success in higher level courses, for future SAT scores, and for success in college. In partnership with the College Board, GPISD tests all sophomores with the PSAT, giving students an important opportunity to develop early college-readiness behaviors and skills. Students should also plan to take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. Many scholarship and college applications ask for junior-year PSAT scores.
    For more information visit the College Board website:
    Registration: Automatic for sophomores (handled through the Counselor)
    All other levels must register through the Counselor
    Type: Five timed sections