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.
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.
View the AP U.S. History Booklist from the 2013–14 academic year.
Please be aware that the books and materials used during the 2014–15 academic year may not be identical to those used in 2013–14. The final booklist for the 2014–15 AP U.S. History course is not yet available.
Please note: The College Board recently revised its curriculum requirements for AP U.S. History. The overview below refers to the course as it was offered in 2013–14. The instructors will make some changes to the existing curriculum before the start of the 2014–15 academic year. Please see the Advances in AP website for details.
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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