AP U.S. History

From: $104.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 10th–12th

Live class: Asynchronous (no live meetings)

Course dates: August 26th–May 3rd

Price: $750

Instructor: Lisa Hawkins 

Instructor email: admin@questcourses.com

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Course Description

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This course will cover the development of United States history from its pre-colonial beginnings through recent history (the period covered by the updated AP exam). It will prepare students to take the AP US History exam in May, 2020. However, my goals for this course are more comprehensive than getting students ready to take the exam next May. I also hope to inspire and increase students’ love and appreciation for history, expand students’ capacity to think creatively and flexibly about critical issues, and communicate powerfully and compellingly.

Course Structure

Students will read primary and secondary source material, watch videos, listen to audio, and participate in discussions. They will have access to my college-level audio-visual presentations, which include both improving thinking, reading, and writing skills and covering the content of American history from its pre-colonial roots to recent times. They will learn how to write historical essays like the ones required by the AP exam, not only by writing their own, but by critiquing actual former AP exam submissions for strengths and weaknesses. They will learn how to notice on-going themes in American history. They will engage in threaded discussions with one another, considering questions like “What is the purpose of government?” and “What is the best way to try to improve society?” to collaborating on the best approaches to AP-like questions. In addition, I have created several instructional presentations focused specifically on how to approach different elements of the AP exam, as well as several assignments that will help students practice their test-taking skills. All of these different sorts of assignments are organized in predictable patterns. That is, the AP course is divided into month-long ‘Units’ where each Unit has a Week A, B, C, and D. Students learn that certain types of assignments are always due at the end of Week A, others due at the end of Week B, and so on.

Who should enroll?

Students should be in at least 10th grade. Students should also have already had experience analyzing documents, whether those documents are historical or literary. Students who have only worked on ‘research papers’ really have not practiced the skills that will set them up for success in this course. Given the demanding work load, only hard-working students should apply for this course.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Some assignments (namely essays) receive extensive feedback. Other assignments that focus more on content mastery do not receive the same level of feedback. Students also get a lot of guidance both on how to write college-level essays in general, and how to write AP-type essays in particular.


A student must apply for this course before enrolling. Once enrolled, accounts are created for both student and parent(s) in the online Canvas course. All communication goes through the Canvas course.

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Required Texts

Constructing the American Past: A Source Book of a People’s History, Volume 1 (7th Edition) ISBN-13: 978-0205773640

Constructing the American Past: A Source Book of a People’s History, Volume 2 (7th Edition) ISBN-13: 978-0205773633

America: A Narrative History (9th Edition) – Do not get earlier editions. The 9th edition represents a significant change from earlier editions.  See below for acceptable options:

  • America: A Narrative History – One Volume, 9th edition, or
  • America: A Narrative History – Brief One Volume, 9th edition, or
  • America: A Narrative History – Volume 1 and Volume 2, both 9th edition

(AMSCO) United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (2018 Exam) – Student Edition Softcover ISBN 978-1531113278


  1. Spencer J. (former AP student)

    I had Mrs. Hawkins for an online AP US History class. I hoped to learn a lot about the history of America, and Mrs. Hawkins did not disappoint. I felt completely confident when I went to take the AP exam, thanks to her instruction. The class was a lot of work, more than I ever thought that I could do. I gained new confidence with each assignment I completed and, by the end, the assignments that were so daunting in the beginning became effortless. While I could tell that others taking the AP test around me were frightened by the essay section, I actually looked forward to it. Mrs. Hawkins assignments, and excellent feedback, allowed me to be unperturbed by a task that most students equated with torture. Mrs. Hawkins didn’t just prepare her students for the AP test; she also refined student’s skills in areas other than history. I could feel that my writing improved over the duration of the course, and I could complete assignments from other classes much more easily and successfully. Mrs. Hawkins is very knowledgeable about history, and can effectively teach the material to students in a way that builds their skills, knowledge, and confidence. In my opinion, that is what makes a great teacher. I highly recommend both Mrs. Hawkins and her AP US History course.

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Instructor Bio

Lisa Hawkins

I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.

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