Contact Information: czwolinski@rochester.k12.mi.us (248)-726-6446

1st Semester Course 2nd Semester Course
1st Hour AP US History 1st Hour AP US History
2nd Hour Conference 2nd Hour Conference
3rd Hour AP US History 3rd Hour AP US History
4th Hour AP US History 4th Hour AP US History
5th Hour AP US History 5th Hour AP US History
6th Hour AP US History 6th Hour AP US History

Google Classroom Code: xvai00r

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Mr. Zwolinski currently serves as the Junior Class Adviser, National Social Studies Honor Society Sponsor, and Principal of the Rochester Community Schools Summer Learning Program.  Previously he has been nomiated as a Presidential Scholar Teacher by the Department of Education (2014), has been on staff as a writer for National Geographic, contributed his work to AP US History study sites High5 AP, Learning Express, and Albert.io, is an official Short Answer Question Reader for the College Board, and has published two APUSH review books including "Mastering the AP US History Exam" by Peterson publishing.   He is a father of two wonderful children and husband to an outstanding wife.

2018 Amsco Textbook: http://www.amscopub.com/us-history-preparing-for-ap-exam


Write More Often AP students need to write, and to write often. This practice is an excellent way to develop the skill of casting a thesis statement and marshalling evidence in support of a valid generalization.

Define Your Terms Where Necessary Look especially at terms like liberal or conservative, radical or progressive. Be prepared to define other central terms, such as major change, that may appear to be obvious but can be ambiguous.

Start with a Clearly Stated Thesis Some good essay writers begin with a thesis statement, back it up with supporting evidence from documents and outside knowledge, and, if time permits, restate the thesis at the end. Other writers analyze the material and build up logically to their thesis statement. On an AP Exam, you should use whichever method you feel most comfortable with. In any case, exam day is probably not a good time to experiment with a new, unfamiliar method of writing.

Organize Your Response Carefully In addition to having a strong thesis, it is a good idea to have a guiding organizational principle—a stated agenda for making your point. Try to integrate your outside information into your response. Your exam shouldn't read as if you threw in a few tidbits of outside information at the end.

Make Sure Thesis Matches Assessment & Knowledge Many good essay writers demonstrate a sense of complexity in the documents, showing that most of the evidence may point in one direction but that part of the evidence points in a different direction. It is better, however, to support a clear, simple thesis than to create artificially a complexity that you can't support using the documents or outside knowledge. Almost every essay—including the DBQ—is designed to allow the student to agree or disagree with the statement. Your ultimate goal should be to present a well-argued and well-supported thesis, not merely to give the people scoring the essay what you think they want.

Build an Argument The best essays—in terms of arguing their case—are those that marshal the positive arguments in favor of their position but that also refute or answer possible rival theses. Even if you think a statement is completely true, it is better to confront and negate the evidence that seems to refute it than to ignore the counterevidence completely.

Integrate the Documents and Your Analysis Don't merely explain what is stated in the documents. Rather, use the documents as part of an integrated essay in support of your thesis. Don't Quote Large Portions of the Documents The readers of the essays are already familiar with the documents. You can quote a short passage or two if necessary, to make your point, but don't waste time or space reciting them.

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Olivia Greenslade- Secretary

Abigail Michaelz- Treasurer

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