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A.P. UNITED STATES HISTORY Summer Reading Project

Book: Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen Book is available at a variety of places. There are 8 copies in the Howard County Public Library system. It is available for $10.50 at www.amazon.com. It is available for $13.50 at www.barnesandnoble.com.

Background: James Loewen surveyed twelve leading high school American History textbooks. Loewen argues that the books represent history with blind patriotism, mindless optimism, misinformation, and outright lies.

The purpose of this summer reading project is to expose you to Loewen’s argument and to help you think more critically about history.

Assignment:

  • 1.

    Read the book.

  • 2.

    Take a picture of you and the book and send it to me along with a brief note telling me about your summer and your reading. Mail or email the picture and note to me NO LATER THAN (NLT) July 31st.

Mrs. M. Ruland Glenelg High School 14025 Brunt Woods RD Glenelg MD 21737

Or

mruland@comcast.net

  • 3.

    Answer the attached questions. Your responses must be typed, double-spaced, size 12 font using a standard (not fancy) font. Some answers may be only a paragraph (5-7 sentences) while others may be several paragraphs. The goal is to answer them as completely as possible. Questions are listed in the order as they are discussed in the book. Responses are due NLT the first class after Labor Day.

  • 4.

    Be prepared to discuss the book in roundtable discussion throughout the year as we study the appropriate topics. This will mean that you will want to take notes while you are reading the book.

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