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A P Summer Institute: European History

Course Description; Advanced Placement European History Institute at Montgomery College

Participants will explore the Overview of the Curriculum Framework based   on the Revised AP European Test

HISTORICAL THINKING SKILLS will be introduced and discussed and will focus on the following Skills: CHRONOLOGICAL REASONING, COMPARISON AND CONTEXTUALIZATION, CRAFTING HISTORICAL ARGUMENT FROM HISTORICAL EVIDENCE and   HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION AND SYNTHESIS

THEMATIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES, which are organized into five major themes: (1) Interaction of Europe and the World, (2) Poverty and Prosperity, (3) Objective Knowledge and Subjective Visions, (4) States and Other Institutions of Power, (5) Individual and Society, will be introduced and discussed.

THE CONCEPT OUTLINE which is the required course content for each historical period. This is a very extensive and complete course outline, which is beneficial  to teachers as well as students. The Historical  Periods in the Concept Outline will include key concepts, supporting concepts, and historical developments that are required knowledge for each period  are presented in an outline: Period 1: c.1450 to c.1648  Period  2: c.1648 to c.1815    Period 3:  c.1815 to 1914  Period  4: c.1914 to the present

The Revised AP European History Exam 2016 will be introduced, explained and discussed at length.  Revisions include the following:
Section 1 Part A Multiple choice Questions (approximately 50-55 questions) based on a stimulus, Part B: Short Answer  Questions (4 questions)
Section 2: Part A Document Based Question, Part B : Long Essay Question Participants will have an opportunity to preview sample exam questions and examine sample rubrics for these questions.

Since this is and APSI the Agenda will also cover the importance of pacing, methods of essay writing and the use of literature, art and primary sources in the AP Curriculum. Discussion of Textbook selection and additional content specific material to compliment the course are other aspects of the Institute.

An overview of how best to use technology, how to review for the exam, what summer reading is suggested, and what  post exam activities are available will also be explored.

As always  in the APSI the sharing of" BEST TEACHING PRACTICES" is another highlight  of our week together.


 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY

APSI MONTGOMERY COUNTY COLLEGE Shayne O'Connell  briarhill4@aol.com

WELCOME Letter from the Instructor

The APSI will help us to design and implement  an AP European History course and prepare our students for the AP exam.

Five Publishers will provide us with textbooks and primary source material for our review and discussion. Each participant is required  to present a selection of one (1) outside primary source reading for any theme in the Curriculum

We will review the content and the Concept Outline, the themes and structure of the rigor of the AP European curriculum.

Effective teaching strategies and interesting learning activities will be modeled and explored which will lead to success in the classroom and on the exam. It is expected that each participant bring a "Best Teaching Practice" to model and share with fellow participants.

Participants will analyze the redesign of the AP European Test.  The rubrics for
these questions will be analyzed and we will engage in a simulation of the grading of this section of the Exam.

Methods of review and summer reading selections will be discussed.

The AP European Redesign will be a very important part of the APSI, the Institute will address the following:
Course Redesign- Material Changes and Test Format
Five Themes, Four Periods, Nine Skills and Key Concepts The Redesign: Historical Thinking Skills and the Long Essay Multiple Choice Questions on the New Exam
The New DBQ and teaching with Documents
Short Answer Questions
The Long Essay

Everyone should bring their laptop, a "Best Teaching Strategy", a supplementary primary source reading for any of the major themes.   Please bring a few visuals (graphs, art, cartoons, sources or quotes of approx.. 140 words)  these may be found on prior exams or in textbooks, etc., we will use these materials to explore the redesigned  multiple choice questions.

Looking forward to a wonderful, productive and exciting week.

 

A P Summer Institute: European History. Instructor: Ms. Shaynne O'Connell

Instructor Biography
  • TEACHER OF EUROPEAN HISTORY FOR 19 YEARS
  • READER AT AP EUROEPAN READING  FOR 20 YEARS
  • TABLE LEADER AT READING 4 YEARS
  • ESSAY SELECTION  COMMITTEE  AT AP EUROPEAN  READNGS
  • CERTIFIED CONSULTATNT FOR COLLEGE BOARD IN EUROPEAN HISTORY  20 YRS
  • CONDUCT ONE AND TWO DAY EUROPEAN HISTORY WORKSHOPS   20 YRS
  • PRESENTED ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY SUMMER INSTITUTES (ABOUT 4 PER SUMMER) FOR 18 YEARS'
  • CONSULTANT FOR PRE-AP INTERDISCIPLINARY STRATEGIES IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 18YEARS
  • ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF PRE-AP INTERDISCIPLINARY STRATEGIES FOR ENGLISH AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PUBLISHED BY THE  COLLEGE BOARD
  • TRAINING  BY COLLEGE BOARD FOR THE  REDESIGN  OF THE AP EUROPEAN  TEST
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