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Department of History & Social Sciences
Instructor: History & Social Science Faculty   


Welcome to the Department of History & Social Sciences

Here, students are provided with the opportunity to learn critical thinking and analysis skills in conjunction with developing knowledge about the past and aspects of the present through a variety of required and elective course offerings.  Our required courses are:
  • 9th Grade: United States History I (to 1900) - Levels: Honours & College Preparatory (Instructors: Ascoli, Breen, Fayle, McCann-Black)
  • 10th Grade: United States History II (1900 - present) - Levels: Advanced Placement, Honours & College Preparatory (Instructors: Connors, LeBlanc, McCann-Black, McCormack)​
  • 11th grade: Modern World History (1750 - present) - Levels: Advance Placement, Honours & College Preparatory (Instructors: Fayle, Ferreira, McCormack)

Additionally, the department offers a variety of electives, primarily for students in their junior & senior years:
  • Criminal Justice - College Preparatory (Instructor: Ascoli)
  • Economics - Advanced Placement (Instructor: Breen)
  • Ethics - Honours & College Preparatory (Instructor: Gentili)
  • Psychology - Advanced Placement & Honours (Instructors: McCann-Black, Morin)
  • Sociology - College Preparatory (Instructor: Breen)
  • US Government & Politics - Advanced Placement (Instructor: Gentili)

Please be sure to consult the Program of Studies for course details and expectations.

As the department develops this Web site, links and uploaded resources for various courses will be posted. Anyone wishing to offer ideas ad suggestions or seek information about the Web site should contact either Mr. Douglas Fayle or Mr. Joseph Ferreira.

Interesting Facts:
The following YouTube video offers some interesting perspectives on our global geography.  Prepare to be...surprised:

Department Announcements
NO AP US Government Summer Work
There is NO assigned AP US Government summer work. The class and ALL assignments will begin in September.
AP Psychology Summer Work
June 15, 2017
Hello, everyone!

I’m excited to have all of you in AP Psychology next year! We’ll dive right in come September. I do not give book work for over the summer; however, I will ask a few things of you to prepare. Also, if you would like to sign out a book for the summer, you may.

One, I want to you get your hands on anything related to Psychology- which is a lot! Try to read an article a day, or at least a couple each week. The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Psychology Today- they all have current articles that will introduce you to what is going on in the world of Psychology now. Save links for future use. Also, many movies deal with psychology- let me know if you’d like some suggestions!

Two, I want to you to pick one book (or more if you’d like) that is related to Psychology to read over the summer. I have included a list of suggestions below, but also feel free to email me if you find one that you are interested in, but aren’t sure if it is appropriate (I will be checking email sporadically, as I travel a lot during the summer). It will introduce you to the subject of psychology, as well as content that we will be discussing during the class. I want you to come back ready to discuss the book, and to use the material for an assignment in class.

Three, many students find AP review books to be helpful. You may want to purchase one on your own ahead of time (these are not required).

Hopefully you are excited and interested in the topic of Psychology. It can be a fun class with great discussion that can be applied to your everyday life. All I ask is that you respect our class, our discussions, and that you work hard!

Have a GREAT summer!
Ms. McCann

I have not read all of these so I would like feedback to know if I should add/ delete:

40 Studies that Changed Psychology by Roger Hock
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld
About Behaviorism by B.F. Skinner
A Brief Tour of the Human Consciousness: From Imposter Poodles to Purple Numbers by V.S. Ramachandran
A Geography Of Time: On Tempo, Culture, And The Pace Of Life by Robert V. Levine
A Natural History Of Love by Diane Ackerman
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Animal Personalities: Behavior, Physiology and Evolution by Carere, C. and Maestripieri, D.
A Way of Being by Carl Rogers
An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain by Diane Ackerman
An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks
An Intellectual History of Psychology by D. Robinson
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self by David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schecter and Robin Marantz Henig
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Body Language by Susan Quilliam
Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by S. Satel and S.O. Lilienfield
Brainwashing: The Secret of Thought Control by K. Taylor
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are by Sebastian Seung
Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering how the Brain Codes our Thoughts by Stainislus Dehaene
Consciousness and the Social Brain by Michael S.A. Graziano
Consciousness Explained by D.C. Dennet
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller
Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep by J. Allan Hobson
Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave by A. Alter
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki
Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life by Paul Ekman
Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend by B.Oakley
Eyewitness Testimony by Elizabeth Loftus
Feeling Good About the Way You Look by Sabine Wilhelm
Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Oakley, B., A. Knafo, G. Madhaven, and D.S. Wilson
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Frames of Mind by Howard Gardner
Freud: A Life for our Time by P. Gay
Genes on the Couch: Explorations in Evolutionary Psychotherapy by K.G. Bailey and P. Gilbert
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach To Success by A. Grant
Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by M. Norton and E. Dunn
History of Psychology by D. Hothersall
How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
I Hate You. Please Don’t Leave Me by H. Kraus and J. J. Kriesman
I’m a Strange Loop by D. F. Hofstadter
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
In the Blink of and Eye: How Vision Sparked the Big Bang of Evolution by Andrew Parker
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini
Inside the Minds of Serial Killers by Katherine Ramsland
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman
Like Color to the Blind by Donna Williams
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Mind Change by Susan Greenfield
Mindfulness by Ellen Langer
Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology by Charles Patrick Ewing
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): by Carol Tarvis and Elliot Aronson
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition by Oliver Sacks
My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
My Stroke of Insight: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
Nobody Nowhere by Donna Williams
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson
On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers
On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler Ross
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Opening Skinner’s Box Lauren Slater
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape Our Lives by A.P. Murphy
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are by Frans DaWaal
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha Sandweiss
Pathological Altruism by Oakley, B., A. Knafo, G. Madhaven, and D.S. Wilson
People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient by S. Corkin
Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V. S. Ramachandran
Pioneers of Psychology by R.E. Fancher
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
Prozac Diary by Lauren Slater
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Readings About The Social Animal by Joshua Aronson
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford
Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of
Ordinary Life by A. Frances
Science and Human Behavior by B.F. Skinner
Secret of Childhood by M. Montessori
Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World by Sam Sommers
Sleep Thieves by Stanley Coren
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman
Somebody Somewhere by Donna Williams
Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First Century Parenthood by D. Magary
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by D. Nathan
Telling Lies by Paul Ekman
The 3-Pound Universe by Judith Hooper
The Belief Instinct by The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life by J. Bering
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles by B. Lipton
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans De Waal
The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by G. Greenberg
The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Judith L. Rapoport
The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
The Center Cannot Hold, My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Body Language by Peter A. Anderson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- time by Mark Haddon
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
The Developing Genome: An Introduction to Behavioral Epigenetics by David S. Moore
The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals by C.R. Darwin
The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients by N. Ferguson and I. Yalom
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Invisible Gorilla And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Phillip Zimbardo
The Male/Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
The Manipulated Mind: Brainwashing, Conditioning and Indoctrination by D. Winn
The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright
The Naked Ape by D. Morris
The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases by Gary Small
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement by Jean Twenge
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived by Neil Mulholland Ph.D.
The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration by Robin S. Rosenberg
The Psychology of the Simpsons Edited by Alan Brown, PhD with Chris Logan
The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain by Judith Horstman
The Selfish Gene by R. D. Dawkins
The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity by Bruce Hood
The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
The Soul of and Octupus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
The Story of Psychology by Morton Hunt
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by D. Pink
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: the History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and
Recovery by Sam Keane
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran
The Thinking Ape: The Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence by R. Byrne
The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life by Phillip Zimbardo
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by D. Pink
Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types that Determine How We Live, Love, and Work by Otto Kroeger, Janet M. Thuesen
Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do by D. Theodore George
Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception by Daniel Goleman
Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
Welcome to My Country by Lauren Slater
What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren
Who's in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga
Why Beautiful People Have Daughters by Alan S. Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa
Why Life Speeds up As You Get Older: How Memory Shapes Our Past by D. Draaisma
WHY Do They Act That Way: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Walsh & Nat Bennett
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare PhD
World As Laboratory: Experiments with Mice, Mazes and Men by R. Lemov
Your Memory: How it Works and How to Improve it by K.L. Higbee
Your Survival Instinct is Killing You by M. Schoen
AP US History Summer Work
June 13, 2017
Hello, everyone!
I’m excited to have all of you in AP US History next year. I want to remind you that this is a COLLEGE level class, and that we will be working as such. There will be a great deal of work, and you will need to be organized and motivated to keep up with it. My goal is to have an informative and enjoyable class, where you can learn about our past as well as improve your skills and prepare for higher level learning. The AP exam and the grades are important- but they are not everything.
We’ll dive right in come September. I will sign out a fairly NEW text book to you today. Pease keep them nice, and cover the books.
We will be picking up at the Gilded Age which is Part 4 Chapter 16 in your book. Part 2 and 3 should have been covered in your US I class; if you didn’t make it quite that far, don’t fret, as we will be reviewing this material as we go through the year.
I am not a huge fan of summer book work. You are still kids, and should enjoy your summer and be able to read for pleasure. That being said, we only have so much time next year (don’t even get me started on snow days!), and I want to make sure you are as prepared as possible for the AP exam so hopefully you can earn some college credit (and save some money!). So I am trying to give you the smallest amount possible to be helpful and thorough, and to put us in a good starting place for the fall (please see below).
One of my favorite things about history is how it connects us to where we are today. I like to incorporate current event discussions into our class, so please start getting your hands on some news this summer to educate yourself on what is going on.
I check my email sporadically over the summer, as I travel a lot, but I will get back to you ASAP if you need anything.
Have a GREAT summer!
Mrs. McCann
Summer Assignment
  • Get to know your books! Become friends.
  • Explore StudySpace. Find directions on the page in your book before “Brief Contents for the AP* Edition”. Use this resource!
  • Read all of Part 1 in the main textbook, Chapters 1-4
  • Answer the following questions. This should be turned in the FIRST DAY of class (Make sure you label chapters and sections)
    • P. 39 #1-3
    • P. 43 #1 & 2
    • Chapter 1 Review p. 50 Review Questions #1-9 and Freedom Questions #1-5
    • P. 72 #1 & 2
    • P. 79 #1-3
    • Chapter 2 Review p. 90 Review Questions #1-9 and Freedom Questions #1-5
    • P. 119 #1-3
    • P. 129 #1 & 2
    • Chapter 3 Review p. 132 Review Questions #1-9 and Freedom Questions #1-5
    • P. 145 #1& 2
    • P. 173 #1-3
    • Chapter 4 Review p.176 Review Questions #1-9 and Freedom Questions #1-5
  • Students have recommended that you should get an AP review book to help you outside of class and the resources I give you. It is not required, but it may help. Make sure it is a 2015 or later book, as the exam has recently changed
  • Here are a few other helpful study tips from students:
    • Crash Course on YouTube
    • College Board AP US Website
    • Outlines and quizzes on Norton Studyspace website
    • Gilder Lehrman AP Review Website

333 days until the AP Exam May 11th 2017!
History & Social Sciences Summer Reading

The Department of History and Social Sciences

Summer Reading List


GRADE 9 STUDENTS: Please choose ONE

Grade-9 U.S. History-I Honors (Recommended)

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Mayflower" by Nathanial Philbrick

“1776” by David McCullough

Grade-9 U.S. History-I College Prep (Recommended)

"Founding Brothers “by Joseph Ellis

"Mayflower" by Nathanial Philbrick

“1776” by David McCullough

GRADE 10 STUDENTS: Please choose ONE

Grade-10 U.S. History-II Honors (Recommended)

"The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien

"Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley

Grade-10 U.S. History-II College Prep (Recommended)

"The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien

"Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley

GRADE 11 STUDENTS: Please choose ONE

Grade-11 Modern World History Honors (Recommended)

"All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

"Night" by Elie Wiesel

Grade-11 Modern World History College Prep (Recommended)

"All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

"Night" by Elie Wiesel


Grade-10 U.S. History AP (Required): Please see Mrs. McCann

Grade-11 MW History AP (Required): “This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity” by David Christian

For additional information please refer for Mr. Fayle’s website at

History & Social Science Course Web Pages
Honours & College Preparatory
Advanced Placement, Honours & College Preparatory
Advanced Placement, Honours & College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Advanced Placement
Honours & College Preparatory
Advanced Placement & Honours - Grade 12
College Preparatory
Advanced Placement
History Department Forms
 Rho Kappa: National Social Studies Honor Society
The History National Honour Society of King Philip Regional High School is the academic co-curricular organization dedicated to promoting the study of history by students seeking a well-rounded in-depth academic experience beyond the classroom setting. Meetings are held regularly and interested students should contact the advisor, Mrs. Ascoli, in Rm. 206, by e-mail at or by phone at 508-384-1000, x. 206 for further information.
Department of History & Social Sciences Faculty
+ Ascoli, Rebecca
+ Breen, Mark
+ Connors, Andrew
+ Fayle, R. Douglas
+ Ferreira, Jr., Joseph J.
+ Gentili, Adam
+ LeBlanc, Tara
+ McCann-Black, Jennifer
+ McCormack, John
+ Morin, Melinda (CTL)
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