AP United States History
Master Teacher: Robert Spinney, PhD
Robert Spinney, PhD
PhD and MA, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Spinney has also taught at Trinity College (Deerfield, IL), Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN), and The Valwood School and Open Bible Christian School (both in Valdosta, GA, and both junior and senior high schools). He has published two academic history books: World War II in Nashville: Transformation of the Homefront and City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago. He has also published ten ministry-related pamphlets with Tulip Books—pamphlets with titles like Did God Create Sports Also? Thinking Christianly About Sports; Monkeying Around With Dangerous Ideas: Four Reasons Outside the Field of Science Why Christians Should Reject Evolutionary Thinking; and Are You Legalistic? Grace, Obedience, and Antinomianism. God has given Rob and his wife Caroline five children, all of whom have been homeschooled.
BA, Patrick Henry College
Ever since Juli showed a fifth grader how to work a unit-conversion problem when she was seventeen, she has known that God has gifted her to teach. She has also known that her gift does not rely on her power—that same fifth grader got the problem wrong because of Juli’s dyslexia!
A gift of teaching that is bare of content does no one good, so God also gave Juli a long list of hobbies and interests: handwork of almost every description, quilting, clothing design and construction, gardening, cuisine experimentation, music (Renaissance through some Romantic mostly, though she does enjoy bluegrass and melodic contemporary stuff like soundtracks), history, philosophy, theology, literature (few things that flaunt themselves as “modern”), and a little bit of politics.
Juli is the oldest of seven and graduate of her family’s homeschool program. She taught art and choir to first through third graders for a year after graduating from PHC, then spent the next three years as the primary teacher at a one-room schoolhouse co-op for local homeschooled high-schoolers – Bible, math, European history, US history, and British literature. Juli also spent the second two of those years teaching for PHC Prep, so this is her fourth teaching venture heading into its third year.
BA, Patrick Henry College
While completing her degree at PHC, Joanna interned for the National Center for Home Education and for Generation Joshua. After graduation, she continued to work for NCHE as a legislative assistant. These experiences, along with her coursework at PHC, afforded her many opportunities to improve her writing and editing skills. She is looking forward to providing assistance and feedback to students as they work to improve their own writing skills.
Joanna currently lives in Thurmont, Maryland where she watches football and baseball games with her husband, homeschools a 1st grader, and keeps a 2-year-old out of mischief. She also enjoys running, eating ice cream, and finding a good deal.
BA, Patrick Henry College
Leslie spends significant amounts of time reading and writing, eclectically in both cases. Her reading list ranges from history and sociology to Russian literature and speculative fiction. She writes everything from academic studies and business letters to poetry and serial fiction. In the course of all this entanglement with words she has gained great appreciation for good writing, as well as a desire to use her writing and editing skills to help others become more proficient.
Leslie lives in northern Virginia, where she seeks to know her God and Savior more fully, and pursues her strangely varied interests—including not just reading and writing but also drawing, exploring back roads, and trying to teach herself to play the ukulele.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
Please Note: Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a PHC Prep Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience. All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.
AP United States History examines the entirety of United States history, beginning with the pre-Columbian period and extending to the late 1990s. The subjects, events, trends, themes, and historical debates that comprise a typical college-level U.S. history survey course are covered. While America’s political history provides an overall narrative structure for this course, special attention is paid to social, cultural, and economic issues, and the essay assignments permit students to explore issues prompted by a Christian worldview.
The scope, rigor, structure, and workload of this course are comparable to those of typical freshman-level college history courses. AP United States History includes weekly textbook reading assignments, primary-source reading assignments, written lectures, and class participation requirements. Students will also write four analytical essays during the year, with each essay based upon an assigned monograph. Students will complete eight exams (approximately one every four weeks) and will also write two brief Christian worldview essays.
The course objectives for students are to:
Am I Ready for This AP Course?
This is a rigorous, college-level course. Lectures and assigned readings assume that students already possess high school-level familiarity with the major events of American history. Students should also have strong reading and writing skills, as this course requires them to write several formal academic essays and answer essay questions on exams. Please visit the College Board’s AP U.S. History page for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP exam in this subject.
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