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AP® U.S. History (Experienced Teachers)

July 9-12, 2018

Bryant Conference Center

Tuscaloosa, AL

Instructor: Warren Hierl

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Course Description

Monday Morning

  • Introductions
  • Equity and Access
  • AP U.S. History: 9 Time Periods,
  • AP U.S. History: 7 Course Themes
  • AP U.S. History: Curricular Framework

Monday Afternoon

  • Requirements of the Course Audit
  • Syllabus Construction
  • Structure of the AP U.S. History Exam
  • Practice Exam Questions


Tuesday Morning

  • Short Answer Question (SAQ): Style and Construction
  • SAQ Rubrics
  • Sample Reading of SAQs
  • Strategies for Improving Essay Writing
    • The Core Structure
    • Inductive Reasoning Model


Tuesday Afternoon

  • Stimulus-Based Multiple-Choice Questions: Review
  • Stimulus-Based Multiple-Choice Questions: Construction
  • Long Essay Question (LEQ): Style and Construction
  • LEQ Rubrics
  • Sample Reading of LEQs
  • Individual Audit Preparation


Wednesday Morning

  • Critical Thinking: Specific Strategies
    • Themes by Periods
    • Making Generalizations
    • Association Chains
    • Composition Sentence Construction
    • Decade by Decade Review
    • Period by Period Review


Wednesday Afternoon

  • Analyzing Primary Source Documents: APPARTS
  • Document Based Question (DBQ) Analysis Exercise
  • DBQ Rubrics
  • Sample Reading of DBQs
  • Individual Audit Preparation and Submission (as needed)

Thursday Morning

  • Reading Comprehension Strategies
    • Levels of Reading
    • Levels of Questions
  • Participant Best Practices Presentations


Thursday Afternoon

  • Review Strategies for the AP Exam
  • Instructional Materials Resources
  • Group Presentations of Final Questions
  • Questions and Dismissal


Instructor Bio

Warren Hierl taught Advanced Placement U.S. History at the Career Center in Winston-Salem, NC for 28 years. He has conducted more than 100 one-day Advanced Placement workshops, more than 90 week-long Advanced Placement Summer Institutes throughout the Southeast, and more than 100 pre-AP workshops throughout the country.  He was a member of the committee that wrote the original Advanced Placement Social Studies Vertical Teams Guide and, with Nancy Schick of New Mexico, the Advanced Placement U.S. History Teachers Guide. Recently he co-authored “Strive for a Five” with Louisa Moffitt and Nancy Schick (a AP-Prep book designed to correlate with Henretta’s “A History of America”) and was responsible for the creation of two complete practice exams. He also authored an AP-Prep book for Boyer’s “Enduring Vision” and updated a prep book for the “American “Pageant.” He has created practice exams and questions for ETS, CLEP, McGraw-Hill, Bedford, and Norton.  He has also updated questions to accompany Brinkley’s “American History and Foner’s “Give Me Liberty.” He has been a reader, a table leader, and an exam leader, and, for ten years, the question leader on the DBQ at the AP U.S. History reading.