AP® U.S. History (New Teachers)
July 9-12, 2018
Bryant Conference Center
Instructor: Rhonda Rush
This is a course designed to introduce teachers to Advanced Placement United States
History. Participants will examine expectations for the course, practice scoring components
of the exam and develop materials for teaching the skills and content required in
All participants will need to have a device that is updated and that provides easy
internet access. Participants will use the device daily as the instructor will share
materials, using Google drive, with each participant. Participants will need to type
as they develop materials so it is recommended that the device have a keyboard. Each
participant should already have created a GMail account and be comfortable using the
device they bring to the institute.
Rhonda Rush is an experienced Advanced Placement Social Studies teacher having taught
Advanced Placement social studies courses in various school settings since 1986. She
currently teachers at Homewood High School in Homewood, Alabama. Rhonda currently
serves on the state development team for A+College Ready as a consultant for Advanced
Placement United States History. She has conducted numerous training sessions for
teachers and has developed a wide variety of curriculum resources.
Introduction to A+ College Ready
- What implications does this hold for an APUSH teacher?
- Introduction to the Advanced Placement United States History course
- Explore Course home page.
- Examine Framework. Focus on historical thinking skills.
- *Task: set up Google drive
- (Framework is linked on Google drive and on course home page.)
- Set up folders. Begin to organize your units.
Value of a Learning Management System
- *Task: Plan calendar
- Do you need to reorganize your units on Google Drive?
- Add subfolders as needed to your drive.
- What do I need to teach in each unit?
- *Task: Decide what you would like to do in each unit. Continue organizing your units.
- Begin to explore content folders. Copy items and add to your Google drive.
- Develop a course on a learning management system of your choice.
Scoring the FRQ
- Study rubric. (Scoring v. Grading)
- Score sample FRQs. Standardize scoring.
- *Task: Develop 3 FRQs for each time period. Practice writing collaboratively.
- See folder of 2003-2014 DBQs and FRQs.
Teaching the FRQ
- Presentation - “How to Write a Good Thesis”
- Practice - using 2016 FRQs
- Activity - Gather FRQs for each unit
- Complete sample document analysis.
- *Task: Create your own activity (like task you just did) for the various time periods.
- Study the DBQ rubric.
- Teaching the DBQ.
- Write a DBQ.
Standardize scoring of the DBQ
- *Task: Convert DBQs from old format to new format.
Multiple Choice / Short Answer
- Take Multiple choice test.
- Examine types of questions. Write multiple choice questions.
- Short Answer portion of test.
- Score answers.
- Study rubric.
- Examine expectations.
- Develop short answer questions using previous tests.
Logistics of setting up/ running course
- What should each unit look like?
- What should assessments look like?
- Examine resources available.
- Examine tiered review.
- Examine Gilder-Lehrman materials.
- Examine crash course videos.
- Examine Adam Norris videos.