ERIC Number: EJ1043123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Ten Things to Consider When Teaching AP U.S. History
Libresco, Andrea S.
Social Education, v77 n5 p260-262, 265 Oct 2013
This article describes 10 recommendations for creativity, higher-order thinking, and meaningful learning activities that can be used to guide teachers in constructing an engaging AP course: (1) Be on the committee that decides how students will be selected for AP; (2) Maximize time and connections through blocks of time with an English colleague; (3) Take an AP prep course; (4) When the budget allows you to purchase a new book, examine a lot of texts before selecting one; (5) Select outside readings that address historiography and give students opportunities to explore competing explanations for historical phenomena; (6) Assume that students need to acquire good reading, outlining, and note-taking skills and allot time throughout the course to address these needs; (7) Plan your course around essential questions--upper level, over-arching questions, worthy of discussion; (8) Make use of documentaries and feature films; (9) Assign a process paper as part of the research paper experience; and (10) Create engaging, varied assignments that put the onus on students to employ documents and content in the service of historical analysis.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Creativity, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Learning Activities, History Instruction, United States History, High Schools, Social Studies, Teacher Role, English Instruction, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Competencies, Faculty Development, Textbook Selection, Reading Assignments, Reading Material Selection, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Notetaking, Planning, Questioning Techniques, Films, Documentaries, Assignments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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