Advanced Placement European History

Welcome to AP European History.  This course is designed to be a college level course that, upon successfully passing the AP European History test, you may receive college credit for.  If you haven’t already done so, you can and should sign up for an account at the College Board

What you need to know about this class:  

1. It will be challenging

2. It will be rigorous

3. There will be a great deal of reading and writing

4. It is what you choose to make it – which means it will be incredibly fun, interesting, and engaging, or you’ll hate it.

5. Here is a link to AP Historical Thinking Skills – refer back to it frequently – You’ll need it.

What you need to know about me:

1. I have a degree in History, but my concentration is in European History – What that means for you is I’m full of all kinds of information. If you want to know something, ask.

2.My historical “crush” *cough* obsession *cough* is Richard III.

3. I took this class 1000 years ago when I was a senior here. I loved it then.  I still do.

4. I LOVE European History.  I realize that you’re probably thinking, “No one loves European History.” You’re wrong…I do.

5. I’ve been teaching some form of European History for the last 19 years.  It’s my thing.

6. I’m almost never absent.

This page will be dedicated to AP European History.  Here you will find a copy of the syllabus, the summer work, and the required reading assignments.


Summer Assignment:

Part 1-3:DUE 9/28

Part 4: DUE 9/04

Advanced Placement European History 

Summer 2018 Reading Assignment


There are four parts to this assignment (Parts 1-3 are all for one total assignment): Due 9/28


1) For this assignment you will need to read the following book.  I recommend taking notes since you may need to refer back to what you read for the first two units. You will need to purchase this book or borrow it from the library (you may use inter-library loan; if the Dracut Library doesn’t have it, they can get it for you from another one) Or you can get it from Amazon used. It’s very inexpensive that way. 


Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World  by Thomas Cahill;  ISBN 0385495587


2) You will also need to watch parts 1.  and 2.  of the PBS documentary, The Medicis: Godfathers of the Renaissance.   The links are also on my website so are the videos if you need to access them from there.  Take notes as you watch.

3) For your writing assignment you will be writing eight mini essays on selected individuals to address the following question: How did these individuals’ lives and accomplishments mold their own times while still helping to form the modern world?  How did they contribute to how we “think and feel the way we do”?

You will need to select the designated number of people from each chapter indicated below and give evidence from the book, videos, and any other outside research you might want to do in order to provide support for your arguments.

Introduction: Dress Rehearsals for Permanent Change and Chapter One: Innovation on Sea and Land Chapter Two: Invention of Human Beauty


Chapter Three: New Thoughts for New Words and Chapter Four: Reformation


Chapter Three: New Thoughts for New Words; Chapter Five: Protestant Pictures, and Chapter Six Christian vs. Christian


Using both Chapter One and the two videos on the Medici family
Select two of the following: Select two of the following artists Everyone will write on Martin Luther Select two of the following from these chapters: Everyone will write about the Medicis
Boccaccio, Petrarch, John Ball, John Wyclif, Ferdinand and Isabella (consider together), or Savonarola Donatello, Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini


Erasmus, Dürer, Thomas More, François Rabelais, William Tyndale, John Calvin, Ignatius Loyola, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Your assignment must be typed, double-spaced.  Please use MLA format to cite any information you get from the book, videos, or elsewhere.  Feel free to do additional research if you are so inclined.  I would estimate that every mini-essay would be about two pages. (NO LESS THAN 1.5)  You will have a total of eight of these mini-essays.  These individuals mirrored their era, but they also transformed their age.  How did they do that?   Your answer to that question will be your thesis statement.  For each essay you will be graded on the quality of your thesis statements and the evidence you provide to support your arguments and the connections you draw between their contributions they made in their own time to the transformations that took place during the Renaissance and Reformation to help create our world today.


Rubric Possible Points
Mini essays: Do you provide specific evidence to address the question and do you make a connection to the individual’s contributions to both his own era and to the transformation to the modern world? (35 pts each) 280 (35 pts each)
You have a comprehensive thesis statement to answer the question about how they both mirrored and transformed their ages. (10 pts each) 80 (10 pts. each)
Use of proper English grammar, language, punctuation, and spelling 25 (3 pts each)
Proper citations for any information use gain from the book or other sources using MLA format 15 (2 pts. each)
TOTAL 400 (50 pts per mini essay)



If you have any questions about the assignment or the class, please feel free to contact me by email.  I am always happy to hear from students.


4) You will also need to outline chapter 9 in your textbook.  This chapter deals with the Middle Ages.  This is a topic that we will cover VERY briefly during the first week of class. This will be due the first day of class in September. 





WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable source for this paper (Or any paper!!).  You must include a works cited page and MLA formatting in your paper.

There will also be books that you will be required to read on your own during this course and write reports on. The first book we will read during the school year is The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli.  We will read approximately 5 – 6 books during the year that relate to the units that we will be studying.  You may need to borrow these books from the library or purchase them. You will complete the same book report/review activity for all of them. Most of them will be fairly short.  The reading will be done on your own. All of the worksheets/required readings/questions etc. are included after the title of each book.

I do have some copies of some of these books.  I don’t have a full class set of any of them (Except All Quiet on the Western Front).  To keep things fair, I will alternate who gets copies of the ones I have so that no one has to buy all the books all the time.  This is the best I can do.  Some of these books are available for free on Project Gutenberg.  Some are available at the public library.  

The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli (Renaissance)

Ebook: The Prince Ebook Downloads


Utopia – Sir Thomas More (Renaissance)

Ebook: Project Gutenberg: Utopia

Utopia Questions:

Candide – Voltaire (Enlightenment)

Ebook: Project Gutenberg Candide Online

Candide Reading Analysis

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx (19th Century Revolution)

Ebook: The Communist Manifesto online downloads

The Communist Manifesto questions

All Quiet on the Western Front –  Eric Maria Remarque (WWI)

All Quiet Essay Topics   All Quiet discussion and reading

Hiroshima – John Hersey (WWII)


Maus I and Maus II – Art Spiegelman  (You will need to buy yourself a copy of these two or you will need to see if they carry them in the public library.) I recommend getting The Complete Maus.  It’s both graphic memoirs in one combined text.  

close reading maus

Finally: You will be required to read two texts on your own and be prepared to discuss them in detail. The first is Napoleon and Hitler the other is a historical text of your choice.  It can be fiction or non-fiction but has to cover one of the time periods we focus on. You will do a critical historical reading of both texts.  That means that you should take notes on the text, write down any questions you may have, etc. 

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