Starting in Summer 2016 we will be using Google Classroom for AP US History and Early American History, Honors and CP2.  All students will be invited to join their respective Google Classrooms by the start of the 2016 - 17 school year.  Through Google Classroom students will be able complete and turn in assignments as well as access course materials and communicate with Ms. Twomey and classmates. Assignments posted to the Classroom are automatically synced to students' Google Calendars based on the due date.

Google is recently announced a way for parents and guardians to access in the Google Classroom summary information such as homework assignments and due dates.  I will provided more information on this option here and at Parents' Night on 9/29/16.  Check back with this website for updates and for information, below, on summer reading assignments.  


Early American History, Honors

Summer Reading Assignment and Expectations 2016:  

All students of Early American History, Honors in 2016-17 will be required to read Love and Hate in Jamestown by David A. Price. Students should take thorough notes based on the study guide provided by Ms. Twomey (see uploaded documents on any EAH, H course page of this website for study guide).   Students will take an open-notes test on the book on the SECOND day of class, and will be allowed to use handwritten notes and completed study guides while taking the test.  No typed or photocopied notes will be allowed.  While students are strongly encouraged to complete and use a study guide, it will not count for extra credit.

AP US History 

Summer Reading Assignment and Expectations 2016 (see our AP US History Google Classroom for all documents related to summer work).  
All students of AP US History 201-17  will be required to read the following:
1.  AP US Textbook (America Past and Present):  Chapter 1 - New World Encounters, Chapter 2 -  New World Experiments, and Chapter 3 - Putting Down Roots
2.  Reading packet of other secondary historian interpretations and primary source documents Pre-Columbian America (Packet "A"), The Columbian Exchange ("B"), and America's Early History ("C").  See Ms. Twomey for packet.

3.  Write a long essay to be turned in on the first day of school (handwritten, not typed).  
Students should take detailed notes on textbook chapter readings, and more general notes of key concepts and important supporting details of the readings.  There will be an open-notes assessment for all readings on the FIRST day of school (only handwritten notes will be allowed).   Visit this website and/or email Ms. Twomey with any questions.                            


ROOTS!  A re-make of the landmark miniseries, Roots, begins on Memorial Day, 5/30/2016.  This four-part, eight-hour series will provide, through a multi-generational story of one family,  extensive insight and context to the subject of slavery in early American history.  The series will be broadcast on several stations including The History Channel.  Visit the following links for more information including resources for further research:


EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY:  There is a new policy - all students are expected to watch videos shown when they were absent.  Contact Ms. Twomey for worksheets and to make arrangements for either online video links or in-class make-up times.

Grades:  grades are frequently updated on iPass and may be accessed through iParent and iStudent.
Socrativ Quizzes:  our Room Number is P3NBWKT8   
Names of quizzes for AP US History start with APUSH.
Names for quizzes for Early American History start with EAH.  

Instagram:  history is around every corner!  Follow me on Instagram at ms.twomey for history photos and facts (sometimes obscure) from my travels near and far (mostly near).  Just so you know, I do not follow students but feel free to email me history-related photos from your travels. 
Whether traveling the countryside or surfing the internet, check out the
"Top 10 Historic Places from the American Revolution" by Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) at  http://ow.ly/yQ8Yu  The list is chronological and includes explanations on the significance of each site.

In compliance with the AHS history department policy, no typed notes are allowed for homework assignments and open-notes assessments.  Under special circumstances and if accommodations are warranted students be allowed to use typed notes with prior approval from Ms. Twomey.   Contact Ms. Twomey if you have questions regarding this policy.
 Ms. Janet Twomey

Teacher, History and Social Studies

2017 Class Advisor

Ashland High School

65 East Union Street
Ashland, MA 01721
(508) 881-0177 
IGNORE Subpages below, which are archived, obsolete course material.  All course materials for 2016-17 classes are now posted to Google Classrooms.