U.S. History

Monday

Morning

  • Introductions
  • Results from 2015 Exam
  • Review of sample 2015 DBQ and essays
  • Review of persistent concerns
  • Structure of the AP U.S .History exam

Afternoon

  • Historical themes
  • Historical thinking skills
  • The nine periods of U.S. History
  • In depth look at the curricular framework

Tuesday

Morning

  • Creating a syllabus for the redesigned course
  • Participant work on syllabus
  • Writing the short essays, scoring rubric
  • Simulated Reading of the 2015 Short Answer Questions

Afternoon

  • Sample of redesigned multiple choice questions
  • Constructing redesigned multiple choice questions
  • Writing the long essay, scoring rubric
  • Philosophy of writing long essays
  • Simulated Reading of the 2015 Long Essay Question
  • Work on syllabus

Wednesday

Morning

  • Strategies for teaching AP U.S. History
  • Outside reading and quizzes
  • Techniques for improving reading comprehension
  • Making generalizations

Afternoon

  • Association chains
  • Inductive/deductive reasoning skills
  • Review techniques
  • Syllabus work, as needed                                            

Thursday

Morning

  • Practical techniques for improving essay writing
  •  Writing the redesigned DBQ, scoring rubric
  • Critical elements of the analytic scoring rubric

Afternoon

  • Simulated Reading of the 2015 DBQ
  • Pacing guide

Friday

Morning

  • Student selection
  • Textbook selection
  • Supplementary materials
  • Available College Board Materials
  • Utilizing technology
  • AP Social Studies Vertical Teams Initiative
  • Participant questions