Designed primarily for the beginner, this course introduces the participants to the structure and content necessary for an effective AP* U.S. History course.
Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, both the AP* U.S. History course and the AP* U.S. History test have been redesigned. We will analyze the component parts of new course, suggesting how to reorganize your course and how to prepare students for the different parts of the new exam. We will also look at appropriate test-taking strategies.
We will plan out and organize the course for the year; go over various topics to illustrate the necessary depth of understanding; and decide what topics to concentrate on and what methodologies should be used to teach various concepts.
The instructor will emphasize how to teach the analytical skills and writing skills needed for successfully addressing the document-based question, the free response essays, and the short answers.
We will grade and rank essays from this year's AP* examination, using the criteria developed at the U.S. History AP* grading.
Students taking the course for graduate credit will develop their own syllabus.
About the Instructor
John Crum is a retired social studies department chairperson at Mount Pleasant High School, Wilmington, DE and currently a professor at the University of Delaware.
He has been consultant to the College Board on Advanced Placement* since 1976; a past member of the Test Development Committee, as well as a table leader, question leader, examination leader at the AP* grading. He is also the author of Master AP* U.S. History
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