This session will help teachers design an AP European History course and prepare their students for the AP exam. Analysis of the newly designed curriculum and test will be a main focus of the course. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the new AP European History curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to success on the exam. Participants will analyze past AP exam questions and learn to rewrite them to reflect new course requirements. The class will look at short answer, DBQ and FRQ rubrics. Review of the four major time periods and nine critical thinking skills emphasized on the AP test will occur while participants plan their own course syllabi and create test questions in line with the major themes of the course.
Tuesday a.m.—Class Logistics and the Course Redesign-
Welcome and Introduction
Historical Thinking Skills and the Redesigned European History Course
Developing Student Understanding
Tuesday p.m.— What is this Redesigned Course and Am I Going to Like It?
Understanding the Thematic Learning Objectives
Exploring the Concept Outline
Planning Your Course (this will be an ongoing topic all week)
HTS 1: Historical Causation
Day One Homework: Take the Multiple Choice Test. Begin to fill out your calendar for the next school year. Make notes of documents and visuals that you want to use with your students.
Wednesday a.m.— Teaching Your Students to Think Like A Historian
HTS 2: Patterns of Continuity and Change Over Time
HTS 3: Periodization- Introducing the Concept to students
Wednesday p.m.— The Heart of Being a Historian—Crafting an Argument and Using Historical Evidence Appropriately
HTS 6: Historical Argumentation
HTS 7: Appropriate Use of Historical Evidence
Second Day Homework---- Write your own Short Answer Questions Based on the Chapter/Topic Assigned to You. Continue to fill out your calendar. Add in some of the activities we did today ou nd more of the documents and visuals you would use.
Thursday a.m.— Interpretation and Synthesis—the Most Difficult of the Historical Thinking Skills
HTS 8: Interpretation
HTS 9: Synthesis
Share the Short Answers You Wrote With Your Group. What HTSkills did you use in your Questions? Which do you need to work on more?
Thursday p.m.— Designing and Teaching Your AP European History Course
Discussion: When Will You Introduce Each HTSkill during the school year?
Third Day Homework: Write Multiple Choice Questions using documents and visuals from the chapter assigned to you. Continue work on your calendar, adding more activities, visuals and documents.
Friday a.m.— Unit Development and Assessing Student Understanding Backwards planning-- using the New Key Concepts, Historical Thinking Skills, and Learning Objectives
Friday p.m.— work on New Curriculum Planning and Discussion of Course Audit Syllabus Requirements
Final Assignment— Build Your Own Unit Plan on the Chapter Assigned to You Construct a Unit of Lesson Plans-- one weeks-worth or more, ending with an assessment USING THE NEW TEST FORMAT-- to be used with your class next year, using the ideas/techniques discussed during the week. Finished Lesson plan and assessment you would use with your students should be e-mailed to instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days of the end of your course.
“We were able to ask important questions about the teaching of the AP class and we were able to share & to gather many new ideas. This has been the most beneficial conference I have ever been a part of.”
A teacher and department head at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD since 1980, Pamela Wolfe has been teaching AP European History for 29 years and has taught the AP Human Geography course since its inception in 2001. She served as an AP Reader for European History for 15 years and as a Table Leader for 6 years. She was on the AP Test Development Committee which writes the AP European History exams. She runs College Board programs in AP European History and AP Human Geography, and teaches AP Summer Institutes for teachers in both subjects at schools such as Manhattan College, Goucher College, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, the College of William and Mary, and Penn State University. In the past two years she has been a co-author of the McGraw-Hill OnBoard Program for AP Human Geography, has helped rewrite Spielvogel’s Western Civilization textbook, and has co-authored the book Fast Track to a Five-AP European History and the Cengage online test bank for AP European History. She has served as a consultant for textbook companies, reviewing Human Geography texts and online programs for AP students in AP European History, AP World History, AP US History and AP Psychology.
The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.
Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.
Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.
Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.
Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.
Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.