This course will cover both the content and pedagogy necessary for teaching the AP U.S. History course successfully.
Focus of the course will be on the new time periods in AP U.S. History, analysis of the Historical Thinking Skills, and breaking down the writing requirements for the new redesign Exam. Presentations and discussions of teaching strategies will be divided equally between strategies for improving student success on the AP Exam and the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. Teaching strategies will focus on the development of critical thinking skills, document analysis, and writing skills. Historical content will focus on American social, political, economic, and intellectual thought and we will explore the ever-changing interpretations of U.S. History. Participants will also explore classroom resources, including online and multimedia resources. Participants are encouraged to bring successful lessons they have created and share these with the entire group. This AP U.S. History Summer Institute will create an active learning environment, all participants will be expected to read, write, and actively engage with the material, please come prepared to participate.
John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, American Studies AP, and Special Topics in Humanities Honors courses at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History and AP European History for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and serves as a SAQ Question Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He is currently the College Board Advisor for the AP U.S. History Test Development Committee. He has published a new series of workbooks on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP History courses, all three titles (e.g., U.S., World, and European History) are published by Norton. He is currently editing a collection of gothic short stories by Fitz-James O’Brien, an early nineteenth-century Irish immigrant and follower of Poe. Mr. Irish holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, M.A. in Philosophy, and a M.L.S. in Humanities from Southern Methodist University. He is finishing a Doctorate in Humanities from SMU. His dissertation research is on early 19th century American Gothic literature, art, and philosophy, with particular focus on Fitz-James O’Brien. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Society for History Education, and the Organization of American Historians.