Pre-AP® Social Studies

This Pre-AP session is designed to focus on developing and using challenging strategies and resources in the classroom. A priority in this session will be the development of reading, writing, primary source analysis, literacy and argumentation skills. These habits of mind will allow students the opportunity for more success in Pre-AP. Participants will also experience interactive activities that will support the development of these skills in the classroom.


Participants should bring the following:

  • Personal laptop
  • An unopened Flash Drive
  • A strategy, lesson or resource to share

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

  • Overview of AP
  • Getting Started in Pre-AP
  • Teaching the DBQ
  • Differentiation Strategies
  • Developing Writing Skills
  • Focus on Historical Thinking Skills
  • Literacy Strategies\
  • Primary Source Document Analysis
  • Critical Thinking Strategies
  • Simulations
  • Use of Technology
  • Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Resources


Gwendolyn Cash Gwendolyn Cash began teaching AP US History in 1993. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a College Board consultant and she has conducted workshops in both AP and Pre-AP topics for the Southwest Region. She is trained in the Interdisciplinary Strategies workshop for Pre-AP teachers as well as the Smithsonian’s Using Artifacts workshop. She was one of the members of the team who developed the AP Vertical Teams Guide for Social Studies.