By Halle F-G and Christian Metran
Upcoming Juniors! Not sure if you want to take Advanced Placement (AP) Humanities next year? Read the thoughts, opinions, and advice from current AP students, Halle F-G and Christian M.
Eleventh grade AP Humanities consists of AP Literature, a course filled with reading and writing, and AP United States History, a class that delves into the history of our country.
AP Literature (nicknamed AP Lit) is taught by Mr. Roberts in room 206 and AP United States History (nicknamed APUSH) is taught by Ms. Sotomayor in room 208.
AP Literature is a hands-on class that dives into the large world of literature from short stories and poetry to plays and novels.
Halle and Christian’s Opinions on the Content:
- Short Stories
- The Hills Like White Elephants, etc.
- Even though this unit was earlier this school year, it is still one of our personal favorites. It was a great way to start learning how to analyze short pieces of text before going into larger, more complex works of literature.
- Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter
- Our favorite novel so far is definitely The Great Gatsby, since it has an interesting plot and a deeper, more significant meaning beyond the surface.
- Most of the time, when we finish a novel, we will usually watch a film adaptation of the story.
- We read, analyzed and annotated poems.
- Mr. Roberts introduced TPS-FASTT: Title, Paraphrase, Speaker, Figurative Language, Attitude, Shifts, Title, Theme.
- In our opinion, it was not a favorite, but if you decide to take AP, it’s unavoidable.
- Oedipus Rex, Fences
- We would read and analyze portions of the story, and did free writes on a nightly basis. Then we act the plays out in class.
- Posters usually showcase the major themes of the current unit. It is a great way for those who love art to express themselves. Usually, these posters are shown to the class in an informal presentation.
- In-Class Discussions
- We find these very helpful for understanding concepts and allowing us to voice our thoughts.
- Test Prep
- As you may know, this class is meant to prepare you for the AP test in May (which is optional).
- Timed Writes are when you write for 40-45 minutes arguing about a literary element in a book.
- Multiple Choice Mondays are when you take quizzes about anything that’ll appear on the test.
- These may sound dreadful at first, but we feel it paid off in the end.
- This includes micro-essays a.k.a. free writes (10-20 minutes), summaries, creative projects (outside reading projects any book that Mr. Robert’s approves), and of course, reading.
- For us, it usually takes about 1-2 hours to do our homework.
Overall Tips For AP Literature
- Study all of the vocabulary sheets that are handed to you.
- It will help deepen your analysis in both your classwork and homework.
- Study outside of class
- Just because studying was not assigned for homework that day, doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. There’s always something for AP Lit.
- Stay on top of your work
- With two AP classes, plus four other classes, make sure to not procrastinate or you can expect some long, late nights.
- Go to Office Hours
- Mr. Roberts tries to make himself available through his office hours. If you’re struggling with the content, stop by his room and ask for help. He’s always willing to help you succeed.
AP United States History
AP US History is a course that goes into the eventful history of how our country came to be, along with the causes and effects of each event.
Halle and Christian’s Opinions on the Content:
- Homework usually consists of reading and taking notes on an assigned chapter every two weeks. Chapters are on average 30 pages of dense content. Although taking notes can sometimes be tedious it is very helpful for classwork and lectures.
- Most of our in-class time consists of lectures. Ms. Sotomayor’s lectures are very informative and are a great way to help clarify parts of the reading that may have been difficult to understand. To help wrap up information, Ms. Sotomayor plays videos such as CrashCourse.
- Quizzes, Essays, and Test Prep
- Again, AP classes are meant to help with the APUSH test in May. Quizzes and tests are usually based on the current reading, while essays (known as DBQs and LEQs) are related to the current time period we’re studying.
- DBQ: Document Based Questions
- LEQ: Long Essay Question
- FRQ: Short Answer Question
Overall Tips For AP US History
- Ask Questions
- Ms. Sotomayor is such a helpful and caring teacher. If you need any clarification or tips for studying, don’t be afraid to ask her!
- Request for Paper Copies of the Chapters
- When a chapter is assigned, ask Ms. Sotomayor for a paper copy of the chapter. Reading and annotating the chapter along with taking notes will help you have a better understanding of the content.
- Stay on top of the reading
- Pop quizzes should always be anticipated during class, stay on top of reading so your grades don’t drop!
- DO NOT PROCRASTINATE
- Like AP Literature, expect long, sleepless nights.
- Take Care of Yourself
- AP classes have many benefits but do not put your classwork above your health.
We hope this was helpful! More additional resources are listed below! Good Luck in AP!
Keep in mind that the total cost of the tests (AP Lit and APUSH) would be $180. Keep in mind that those who qualify for free and reduced lunch can get financial aid.
- Ask the teachers!
- Mr. Roberts in Room 206
- Ms. Sotomayor in Room 208
- Ask other current or previous AP students
- Check out the CollegeBoard website