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A P Summer Institute: U.S. History

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.” 


Geri Hastings AP Summer Institute Instructor, Montgomery College, MarylandAP Institute-U.S. HISTORY
Instructor Geri Hastings

Name: Geraldine Hastings
Bio: Geri Hastings has been a high school social studies teacher in Baltimore County, an AP U.S. History teacher, and Social Studies Department Chairman at Catonsville High School.  The National Council for the Social Studies named her Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2003-2004 and the Daughters of the American Revolution named her as their Outstanding National U.S. History Teacher of the Year for 2004-2005. Ms. Hastings has taught at the AP U.S. History Summer Institutes at Goucher College in MD since 1995, and has conducted AP and Pre-AP summer institutes for Texas Christian University, Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, the Bellevue, WA School District, the University of Louisville, Harbin, China, and Taipei, Taiwan.

In addition she is a Question Leader for the AP U.S. History Reading and a workshop consultant for College Board programs in AP U.S. History and Pre-AP Social Studies. A member of the steering committee for the AP National Conferences in 2012 and 2013, she was also a member of the Advanced Placement (AP®) U.S. History Curriculum Development & Assessment Committee (CDAC) that revised AP U.S. History. She is now a member of the AP U.S. History Development Committee and recently worked on presentations for the Long Essay Online Scoring Module. Ms. Hastings graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York and received a Masters + 60 credits in U.S. History from New York University

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