U.S. History

This summer institute is designed for both new and experienced teachers of US History AP. Each participant will receive a copy of the 2018 Workshop Handbook and Resources Guide, the Curriculum Framework Evidence Planner and a curriculum module. In addition, each participant will receive a CD with thousands of US AP essay questions, plus activities, resources, lessons and web sites focused on the teaching of US AP.


The following topics will be addressed in the US AP Summer Institute:


Learning Outcomes:

After attending the summer institute, the participants will be able to have a clear understanding of the implementation of the US AP Curriculum Framework, an understanding of the scoring rubrics on the new exam and have the information necessary to offer a successful US AP course in their schools.


Participants are asked to bring a sample U.S. AP lesson to share with other U.S. AP teachers at the session.



  • Material Review and introductions
    • review of AP packet handouts
    • introduction of participants
    • clarification of the goals and expectations of AP
    • “equity and access” – reaching out to more students
    • history of AP and controversies (“gate keeping”)
  • Identification of “What’s New” in US AP
    • AP Annual National Conference
    • AP Central – important updates
    • web sites for AP teachers and students (CD resource)
    • a preview of the US AP History Course and Exam Description
    • review of the new US AP practice exam
    • curriculum development and planned courses (state standards)
    • an introduction to the Audit: teachers will work on developing a syllabus
    • AP Audit process - sample syllabi and review of requirements


  • Analysis of the AP exam
    • overview of the Curriculum Framework
    • historical thinking skills
    • clarification of the skills and content being tested
    • thematic learning objectives
    • the Concept Outline
    • focus on primary and secondary sources
    • clarification of the scoring process
    • US AP “Funnies”


  • Diverse Strategies for teaching AP – Classroom Connections
    • the US AP History Exam, cont.
    • introduction to the new Multiple Choice items
    • introduction to the new Short Answer items
    • sample lesson plans, writing projects, research papers
    • suggestions for support materials (videos, computer programs, etc.)
    • textbooks for US AP – textbook samples and analysis


  • Strategies for helping students prepare for the exam
    • the US AP History exam, cont.
    • introduction to the new Document Based Question
    • introduction to the new Long Essay
    • test taking tips and test preparation
    • how to demystify the exam for students
    • “homemade” DBQ’s
    • teach a lesson – create a homemade DBQ
  • Preparing for this year’s Exam
    • samples available (developing a thesis and brainstorming)
    • exploring student samples and scoring the DBQ and Long Essay
  • Strategies for improving your AP program
    • staying current – attending conferences and summer institutes
    • network with other AP teachers – become an exam reader
  • Exchange of “Best Practices"
    • share ideas with others
    • sample lessons from participants
    • panel discussion
  • Open discussion
    • concluding questions and evaluation of conference

Learning Goals

Teachers will be able to...
  1. Explain how the historical thinking skills tie the course together.
  2. Explain how the parts of the curriculum framework fit together and complement one another.
  3. Explain the scope of the course.
  4. Explain the themes of AP U.S. History and describe how the thematic learning objectives define what students should know and be able to do by the end of the AP U.S. History course.
  5. Explain how student understanding will be assessed on the exam.
  6. Explain the rubrics for the free-response questions and applying them to students’ responses.
  7. Describe the Instructional Planning Report and evaluate the information in order to improve instruction.
  8. Explain and apply the historical thinking skills.
  9. Utilize effective instructional strategies to develop historical thinking skills and content knowledge.
  10. Apply their knowledge of content and pedagogy to build a unit of instruction.
  11. Align instruction and assessment, as well as instruction and the learning objectives.
  12. Assess student understanding and provide effective feedback.
  13. Implement the curricular requirements and include them in their syllabi.
  14. Select resources to illustrate concepts and use them in their classroom.
  15. Explain how students demonstrate understanding.
  16. Sequence their courses to scaffold concepts and historical thinking skills.
  17. Explain the value of including all students in AP.
  18. Describe the equity and access policy and how they can implement it in their classrooms.
  19. Identify the supports available to teach the AP U.S. History course.

I could not imagine doing AP teaching without this training.

–Past Client

Edmund Austin

Ed was the US AP teacher, Department Chair and Social Studies Lead Teacher at William Tennent High School in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He has presented Pre AP and AP workshops and summer institutes for the College Board Advanced Placement program in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ed has been a reader for the US AP exam since 1994 and is presently a certified consultant and national leader for the College Board. Recently Ed attended a number of training sessions sponsored by the College Board focused on the new US AP Curriculum Framework.

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Institute Faculty

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.

Daily Schedule

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.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

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.

Course Questions?

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.

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