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A P Summer Institute: U.S. History
A P Instructor for U S History is John Crum

AP Institute-U.S. HISTORY
Instructor John Crum

Course Description: Designed primarily for the beginner, this institute introduces the participants to the structure and content necessary for an effective Advanced Placement U.S. History Course. We will go over the changes on the U.S. History AP exam for 2014. The instructor will analyze the component parts of the AP exam, suggesting how to prepare students for the different parts of the exam and what appropriate test-taking strategies are useful. We will plan out and organize the course for the year; we will go over various topics to illustrate the necessary depth of understanding; and we will decide what topics to concentrate on and what methodologies should be used to teach various concepts. The instructor will emphasize how to teach analytical skills and writing skills needed for successfully addressing the different essays. We will grade and rank essays from this year’s AP examination, using the criteria developed at the U.S. History AP grading.

Instructor Biography: John Crum is currently a professor at the University of Delaware; former social studies department chairperson at Mount Pleasant High School, Wilmington, DE; consultant to College Board on Advanced Placement since 1976; past member of the Test Development Committee; table leader, question leader, and examination leader at the AP grading; and author, Master AP U.S. History and an AP lecture series on teacherpayteacher.

The Revised AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework and
the 2015 AP U.S. History Examination

During the week for our US History AP Institute we will go over the following:
• Historical Thinking Skills
• Thematic Learning Objectives
• The Concept Outline
• The Essential Facts (?)  
• Focus on Primary and Secondary Sources
• The new Multiple Choice Items
• The new Short Answer Items
• Student Samples, the Short Answer Items
• Introduction to the new DBQ
• Introduction to the new Long Essay
• Student Samples, the DBQ and Long Essay
• An introduction to the Audit  
• Syllabus Development, Sample Syllabi

Workshop participants, you have a homework assignment!  Bring five to ten primary and/or secondary sources that we will use to construct multiple choice questions.  Also bring two secondary sources that contradict one another, such as two interpretations or views of something in U.S. history, about 150-200 words each.  We will share our combined efforts after we have critiqued all of them.  We all need to build up a collection of resources.  Also bring a copy of the DBQ for 2014.  It is available on “AP Central.” 


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