Welcome teachers new to AP U.S. History! Our first priority will be to get you the most important information that will aid your preparation for success as a first year AP U.S. History teacher.
The session overview of the required aspects of the curriculum will include the interplay of the concept outline, historical thinking skills, thematic learning objectives, and the implications for teaching. Led by the Co-Chair of the College Board AP U.S. History Development Committee, session activities and discussion will support teachers new to teaching AP U.S. History in developing both pedagogy and curriculum. Particular attention will be given to how to score assessments applying rubrics and national standards. We will put the ‘co-labor’ into collaboration as we create new lessons and modify past practice. Please bring as much of your curricular material as you can to support leaving at week’s end with finished lessons you plan to implement (textbooks, readers, files, plans, lessons, and, etc.).
James Sabathne (MA, NBCT) teaches AP U.S. History and AP World History at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois. He has served as an AP U.S. History reader, table leader, and exam leader since 2001. He sat on the SAT II United States History Subject Test Development Committee from 2008-2011, and most recently works as the Co-Chair of the AP U.S. History Test Development Committee. He presented at numerous conferences including five AP annual meetings, the American Historical Association annual meeting, Best Practices Night at the AP US reading, and the Organization of American Historians Conference. His publications include: Past Forward: Articles from the Journal of American History Volumes I and II, (Oxford University Press, 2016); Course Planning and Pacing Guide resource for Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty 3rd Edition, (WW Norton, 2014), and Strive For A 5: Preparing for the AP* World History Exam, (Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013).
What is necessary to teach a successful AP U.S. History course
Course planning and pacing referencing the key concept outline
Assessments – Scoring Standards & Preparing Students for Success:
Document based question
Lessons aimed at developing historical thinking skills
Tactics to integrate secondary sources in the AP US History course
Strategies to make the most of thematic learning objectives
AP course audit
Recruitment, retention, differentiation, and measuring academic growth
Participants should bring a laptop with a WiFi capability, and traditional supplies including some paper and a writing utensil. Significant workshop materials will be distributed in a variety of digital formats including via Drop Box and USB flash drives. To support planning relevant to your particular teaching environment please bring your course textbook, any primary or secondary readers that your students will use, and any materials that you are likely to use in planning.