Course Description

Our AP* United States History course offers a survey of American History beginning from the 15th century at a college-level pace. Extensive reading, writing, and study skills useful in college will be emphasized. The class concludes with a college level exam prepared by the College Board, which, if passed, may provide college credit. There is an additional fee for this exam.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of U. S. History and to provide students with analytical skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Students will learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability and their importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.

Required Textbook

THE AMERICAN PAGEANT: A History of the Republic
Thomas A. Bailey, David M. Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen
14th ed., Houghton-Mifflin, 2010


Randy Allegrezza taught briefly at Harrison High School before it was closed by the Board, and have spent the rest of my teaching career at Lane Technical High School (35 years), teaching both Industrial Arts and History. During the 2011-12 school year, he taught classes in both – Electronics and AP US History.

During most of my teaching years I taught History; AP US History, Honors US History, US History, Contemporary American History and Chicago History. I create specific study materials for my AP classes, including course outlines, study guides, and CDs. I have had – and continue to have – the highest “pass rate” (63%) of any AP US history teacher at Lane Tech.

Since 2008 I have been a reader for the AP US History Examination. This involves reading several thousand essays from the AP US History Exam given worldwide in May of each year, and ranking them on a rubric, zero through nine.
He has been the Vice President of the Lane Tech High School Alumni Association. For twenty-five years I had been the Editor-in-Chief of the Association’s Newsletter, that came out four times annually.

How can I start?

  • Select the program of your choice and enroll.
  • Your teacher will contact you via email and set up the date and time for the first video consultation.

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