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A P Summer Institute: Art History
AP Summer Institute Instructor Wells Gray

A P Summer Institute, Art History. Instructor Wells Gray.

Wells Gray received his Bachelor of Science from Denison University, Granville, Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts, College of Artisanry from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts where he minored in Art History.

He is currently Department Head of Fine Arts teaching AP® Art History, Ceramics, and Sculpture at Mercersburg Academy finishing his sixteenth year. Wells has been attending the reading of the AP Art History exam in June for the past thirteen years holding an elevated position of Table Leader, writing multiple choice and free response questions for the annual exam for the last six years. He is a contributor to the 2009 AP® Art History Teacher’s Guide, one of six high school teachers offering an innovative approach to the AP® Art History curriculum. He is also one of three high school educators contributing to the AP® Art History Course Planning and Pacing Guide addressing the new, redesigned curriculum due out in the Fall 2014. Wells is also an accomplished ceramic artist who continues to exhibit regionally and nationally.

Course Syllabus:

Tuesday, June 24

8:00 -8:30    Introduction
Participant’s Goals/”Walk-Aways” from the Institute

8:30-10:00   Overview of the Workshop Objectives
AP Art History Course
Equity and Access
Course Description
Current Expectations
Student Preparation
Teacher Preparation
Teacher Resources
AP Central online
Course Audit

10:00-10:15            Break

10:15-12:00  The AP Art History Exam
Course Content
Course Coverage
Scoring/Reading the Exam
Section I: Multiple-Choice
Section II: Free Response
The Development of the Exam

12:00-1:00   Lunch

1:00-2:30     AP Exam 2014
2014 slide based multiple choice and essays
Degree of difficulty/ content/ context
AP Exam 2010
Reading 2010 Long Response

2:30-2:45     Break

2:45-3:15     AP Exam 2010
Reading 2010 Short Response

3:15-4:00     Creating Multiple Choice and Essay Questions
                                    Participant Homework

4:00-4:30     Daily Wrap-Up
Wednesday, June 25

8:00-9:00     Review Participant Homework
                                    Multiple Choice
Essay Questions

9:00-10:00   2015-16 Redesign AP Course
Big Ideas
Understanding/ Essential Knowledge
Learning Objectives
250 slide set plus you!


10:00-10:15            Break

10:15-12:00  2015-16 Redesign AP Course Continued        
Course Content
Course Coverage
Learning Activities
Developing Assignments for Field/Museum Trips
                                    Guiding questions/ Quizzes /Games
Essay writing

12:00-1:00   Lunch

1:00-4:30     Field Trip Gaithersburg and Environs

Thursday, June 26

8:00-9:15 Daily Wrap-Up from Wednesday
Any Questions
Museum-Guiding questions/ Quizzes /Games
Essay writing

9:15-10:00   Quality Lessons for Learning
Classroom management
First week
Verbal communication

10:00-10:15            Break

10:15-12:00            Teach skills
Context vs. Content
Thematic vs. Chronology
Worthy Learning activities/ Lessons
Assessments/ Exams
Post Test Activities

12:00-1:00   Lunch

1:00-2:30     Informational Literacy Online Research
Suggestions for appropriate, supportive material

2:30-2:45     Break

2:45-4:00     Bibliography
Reference material
Core and supplemental
What to use and how to use it
Homework-Develop a research project

4:00-4:30     Daily Wrap-Up

Friday, June 27

8:00-9:30     Review homework-Develop a research project

9:30-10:00   PowerPoint/ Keynote demonstration

10:00-10:15    Break

10:15-12:00        Create a PowerPoint/ Keynote demonstration

12:00-1:00   Lunch

1:00-2:30     Effective Instructional Practices- Group compilation

2:30-2:45     Break

2:45-4:00     Open Forum

4:00-4:30     Daily Wrap-Up
Wrap-up, Evaluation

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