AP® US History

This course will cover both the content and pedagogy necessary for teaching the AP U.S. History course successfully. Focus of the course will be on the new time periods in AP U.S. History, analysis of the Historical Thinking Skills, and breaking down the writing requirements for the new redesign Exam. Presentations and discussions of teaching strategies will be divided equally between strategies for improving student success on the AP Exam and the content necessary to create an engaging and successful course. Teaching strategies will focus on the development of critical thinking skills, document analysis, and writing skills. Historical content will focus on American social, political, economic, and intellectual thought and we will explore the ever-changing interpretations of U.S. History. Participants will also explore classroom resources, including online and multimedia resources. Participants are encouraged to bring successful lessons they have created and share these with the entire group. This AP U.S. History Summer Institute will create an active learning environment, all participants will be expected to read, write, and actively engage with the material, please come prepared to participate.

Participants should bring the following:

All participants will need to bring a lap top.  Most participant materials will be digital. 

Instructor

John P. Irish John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, American Studies, and Advanced Topics in Humanities Honors courses at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History for the Southwestern Region of the College Board and serves as a Question Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He is currently the co-Chair of the College Board AP U.S.