AP U.S. History (Sem 2)

Course Description:

Advanced Placement U.S. History II is a college-level introductory course which examines the nation’s political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social, and economic history from 1865 to Present. This course will continue the study of American history that was begun in Advanced Placement US History I. Students are challenged to see American history through a variety of historical themes while developing thinking skills that will help them to contextualize specific periods of American history. A college level textbook is supplemented by primary and secondary sources throughout this course.

This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school’s AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, it is highly advisable that school districts proctor the major tests of this AP course.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): AP U.S. History (Sem 2)
Course Title (NCES SCED) : AP U.S. History
Course Provider : Michigan Virtual
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Standards Addressed : Common Core State Standards, National Collegiate Athletic Association, CollegeBoard
Alignment Document : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lvwkns-sIz2MRD6HHjerEV0ZxsTWZo5i/view?usp=sharing
Academic Terms : Semester
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : AP U.S. History
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 2 of 2

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://slp.michiganvirtual.org/
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $90.0

Additional Cost Description:

Students are responsible for acquiring the required textbook: Brinkley, Alan. American History Connecting with the Past, 15th Edition. Mcgraw Hill, 2017. Hardcover: ISBN-13: 9780076738304 Online Student Edition: ISBN-13 : 9780079032737.

Note: In addition to purchasing a textbook, students can sign up for a free online account for the following supplemental resource: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Sign up at: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/community/user/register.

Students will chronologically learn about the themes, events, and movements of the four distinct time periods from the end of the Civil War (1865) to present day. The Time periods are as follows:

  • Period 6 (1865-1898)
  • Period 7: (1890-1945)
  • Period 8: (1945-1980)
  • Period 9: (1980 - Present)

In addition, students will learn about and be able to identify specific examples of the following historical themes that repeatedly come up in American history. The themes are: Identity, Work, Exchange, and Technology, Peopling, Politics and Power, America in the World, Environment and Geography - physical and human, and Ideas, beliefs, and culture.


Finally, students will understand and use various historical thinking skills to comprehend course information and demonstrate their understanding of it. These thinking skills include: Historical Causation, Patterns of Continuity and Change over Time, Periodization, Comparison, Contextualization, Historical Argument, Appropriate Use of Historical Evidence, Interpretation, and Synthesis.

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Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
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Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
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The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
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Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
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Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
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Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
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The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
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The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
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Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
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Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
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The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
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The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met Not Included in QM Rubric. Internal Review for this item.
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User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
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Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Not Met
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Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Quality Matters
Date of Review: 06/14/2016

  • Unit 6 1865 - 1898
    • The rights of freedmen and women;
    • Reconstruction;
    • freedmen’s bureau, and the 1877 Railroad strike;
    • rise of labor unions and the Populist Party;
    • general themes of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and imperialism;
    • and Indian wars, the Spanish American War, and conquests in the Pacific.
  • Unit 7 1890 - 1945
    • The formation of the Industrial Workers of the World and the AFL;
    • industrialization and technology, mass production and mass consumerism, and radio and movies;
    • Harlem Renaissance;
    • Native American culture and boarding schools;
    • political parties and the transition from classical liberalism to New Deal liberalism with the capitalist crisis of the 1930s;
    • and WW II, demographic shifts, the role of women and nonwhites, and battles for economic rights.
  • Unit 8 1945 - 1980
    • The atomic age;
    • the affluent society and suburbs;
    • discrimination, the Other America, and the African American Civil Rights movement;
    • Vietnam and U.S. imperial policies in Latin America and Africa;
    • the Beats and the student, counterculture, antiwar, women’s, chicano, American Indian, and gay and lesbian movements;
    • summer riots and the occupation of Alcatraz; LBJ’s Great Society and the rise of the New Right;
    • Ronald Reagan and the rise of poverty;
    • and the Cold War and U.S. role in the world.
  • Unit 9 1980 - Present
    • Summary of Reagan’s domestic and foreign policies;
    • Bush Sr. and the end of the Cold War;
    • Clinton as a New Democrat;
    • technology and economic bubbles and recessions, race relations, and the role of women;
    • changing demographics and the return of poverty;
    • rise of the prison industrial complex and the war on drugs;
    • 9/11 and the domestic and foreign policies that followed;
    • and Obama: change or continuity?
Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 03/29/2024 02/07/2025 07/01/2024 01/31/2025 01/17/2025 06/06/2025 100 $440 $90
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Students have 14 days from the enrollment start date to drop the course and receive a full refund. No refunds are given after 14 days. Drop dates are calculated and what is posted is the last possible drop date for enrollments created within the enrollment window. Students may access their course from their enrollment start date to their enrollment end date. A completion is a 60% final score or higher. Semester 03/29/2024 02/07/2025
Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
22-23 62 61 98.39%
21-22 89 85 95.51%
19-20 41 38 92.68%
18-19 46 38 82.61%
17-18 42 38 90.48% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2017-18 school year.
16-17 45 41 91.11% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2016-17 school year.
15-16 42 39 92.86% None

Please review the MVS Technology Requirements: http://www.mivhs.org/Support/Technical-Requirements

Students will need to be able to access www.youtube.com, www.gilderlehrman.org , and www.unitedstreaming.com for some instructional materials.