U.S. History

This summer institute provides new and experienced teachers of AP United States History with an overview of the 2019-20 Curriculum Framework. Participants will use the curriculum framework to develop teaching strategies and student activities that enhance historical thinking skills and reasoning processes. The course will emphasize preparing students for success on the AP US History Exam and understanding the AP History Scoring Rubrics. It will help teachers better understand both the course content and the themes in AP United States history. Participants should bring a copy of their favorite lesson or strategy to share with the group during a best practices session. If possible, they also should bring a copy of their current AP US History textbook. Each participant will receive a copy of the 2019 Workshop Handbook and Resources Guide, the Curriculum Framework Evidence Planner, and numerous student-centered activities, resources, lessons focused on teaching AP US History. Upon completion of the course, participants will know how to utilize the curriculum framework to improve student performance on the AP Exam, evaluate student essays using the AP History scoring rubrics, and implement strategies to maximize student success in their AP US History courses.

  • An overview of the College Board’s changes to the 2020 AP United States History Course and Exam.
  • An explanation of materials in the 2019/20 Course and Exam Description Binder.
  • A discussion about the 2019 Fall AP Registration Process
  • A description of the 2019 Personal Progress Checks
  • Throughout the Summer Institute, participants will learn how to implement effective instructional approaches and develop engaging curriculum units using the 2019/20 Course and Exam Binder


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 Tuesday – Thursday.
  • Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.


Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledge and 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 AP* Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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