APGOV & APUSH: News & Updates

Hello, AP Students. I hope you are well! I have a few pieces of information for you that will be of use.

  • Both AP Exams will be 45 minute long tests that consist of written response/free response questions. They have not yet published which formats of FRQ/LEQ/SAQ they will be including.
  • AP discussed having two testing dates - one very soon so that students who wanted to test before they forgot content could do so, and one closer to the original date. This may or may not happen. Dates will be published April 3rd.
  • APGOV is only going to be tested on Units 1-3. Please refer to the reading schedule for chapters. There were only two chapters left.
  • APUSH will only be tested on Units 1-7. We technically already finished reading for this but will begin review.
  • I filled out a form with the publisher of the AMSCO books. They said that they will be making available online versions of all of their books for free during the course of the emergency, which means that if you left your books at school, you aren't entirely doomed. We are currently trying to figure out how to get books (and possessions from your lockers) to you. (I personally would like to set up dead drops all over town and hide them places for an enrichment activity, but nobody will let me.)

If you'd like to read directly from the source, here's AP's announcement.

As far as your assignments for my class are concerned, I'm working on a weekly schedule that involves discussion boards, review activites, and heavy use of the AP Classroom quizzes that we have been using up to this point. You will receive details next week.

Free Review from AP

College Board is hosting online classes & review sessions on YouTube live. If you can make it, do. If you can't, watch the recordings. You can set a reminder if you go to the session before it starts.

Currently on the schedule are sessions that are not tested, but they will probably change that in future. I recommend you view these because they will be far higher quality than anything I can come up with.


Date Time Lesson Topic
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3−3:45 p.m. ET 5.1 Voting Rights and Models of Voting Behavior
Thursday, March 26, 2020 3−3:45 p.m. ET 5.2 Voter Turnout
Friday, March 27, 2020 3−3:45 p.m. ET 5.3 Political Parties


Date Time Lesson Topic
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11−11:45 a.m. ET 8.1 Contextualizing Period 8 
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11−11:45 a.m. ET 8.2 The Cold War from 1945 to 1980
Friday, March 27, 2020 11−11:45 a.m. ET 8.3 The Red Scare

I seriously encourage all of you, if you have time and have reviewed everything that will be tested, to just keep reading and studying. The free lectures/review sessions are across all subject areas, so if you have some time.... go watch an AP Euro session! All of the free sessions are listed here.

I will continue posting information here on my website, on my classroom page, and on Canvas announcements.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and let me know if you have any questions!

Changes to AP Exams

Keep Calm and Keep Your Distance

This year, due to the pandemic, the College Board has made some dramatic changes to the AP tests. They will now be abbreviated, 45 minute long exams that you are able to take at home.

Content Coverage:

AP US History: Units 1-7

AP US Government & Politics: Units 1-3

Since we reached these benchmarks in each of my classes, we will be reviewing this content for the rest of the year. They are also going to publish a schedule of review videos and lectures by AP teachers from all over the country.

Additionally, there will now be two testing dates. It appears one will be very soon and one will be closer to the original time in early may. They said they want to make sure that students have the option to test while the content is still fresh. Testing dates will be published to their website by April 3rd. I will also post an update here for you.

Once we have all the information, we will try to do a Google Hangouts or similar meeting or online discussion. I haven't decided which tools I'm going to use for everything while we are out, but I can tell you my goal is to keep it simple so you aren't getting 300 notifications from all kinds of different services and programs.

Hang in there, keep calm, and keep your distance!

A Note for Students

Hello everyone,

I wanted to leave you a brief note here on my website on the off chance that you check it at some point this week. We won't be seeing each other for a few weeks at school. Things are changing rapidly in the world and we are living in a very historic moment. I'm not sure what's going to come next in terms of school, AP tests, assignments, credits, or anything else for that matter. I'm just as concerned and curious as you are about COVID-19 and what it means for the next few months.

As soon as I can, I'll update you via email with everything you need to know that concerns my classes. I'll also post everything here so that you can come to a central place to get info.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves, your friends, your family, and the others that need you. Don't over react, but also don't under react. This is a very serious global situation that we should treat with the appropriate level of gravity. If you're unsure how serious this is, start reading about what's happened in Italy - it's the first transparent case of what happens if a healthcare system is overrun by cases of this virus.

For now, your assignment is to just learn and be informed. I've taught all year how important it is to find, verify, and analyze information. This is a very important moment in your lives and in our history; it's time to put those skills and information finding/evaluation skills to use.

Let me know if you have any questions, I am still checking my work email.


Mr. Erfurth

US History Personal Research Project

Today you'll be introduced to the Personal Research Project that you will be working on in my US History class for juniors. Take a look at the expectations and get ready to learn about something in the 20th century that really interests you!