July 19-22, 2021

Instructor: Jim Day

Headshot of instructor Jim Day

Jim Day is the Michael J. Grainger Professor in Modern History at the University of Montevallo.  He holds a B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.A. in history from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University.  His monograph—Diamonds in the Rough:  A History of Alabama’s Cahaba Coal Field—combines technological and social history to examine the industrial development of central Alabama.  The book won the Alabama Historical Association’s 2014 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for the best work on local history, and Jim was named UM’s University Scholar for Academic Year 2014-2015.

Since retiring from the Army in 1995, Jim has taught history at Marion Military Institute, Judson College, Auburn University Montgomery, and the University of Montevallo.  At UM, he teaches courses in Colonial America, Revolutionary America, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian America, the Gilded Age, U.S. History since 1945, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the History of Alabama’s Constitutions.  He also has developed Staff Ride/Terrain Walk courses on the Civil War battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Franklin.



Course Description

This session is appropriate for any teacher who is new to teaching the APUSH course or one who has not attended an APSI since the 2014 course redesign.  Participants can expect to plan a course calendar, to examine the resources the College Board has recently published on AP Classroom and to gain an overall understanding of required course content.  Special emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary for success on the APUSH exam.  Strategies for teaching the various forms of questions students will be asked to answer on the APUSH exam will be examined.  Participants will gain experience in teaching and scoring the Long Essay Question and the Document-Based Question.

This session is also appropriate for a teacher of AP United States History who has attended an APSI since the course redesign in 2014.  Participants may expect an in-depth examination of course content with special emphasis on the free response portion of the exam. Participants will improve their skills in using the rubrics for scoring free response questions.  Strategies for improving student success on the multiple choice and short answer portion of the exam will be emphasized.

What to Have

Participants will need to provide a laptop suitable for accessing the internet and for typing.  It is important that participants be enrolled as an advanced placement teacher by the AP coordinator at his or her school so that materials on AP Classroom made available by the College Board will be accessible for use during the APSI.  Participants will also need the school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year for planning purposes.

Course Agenda Overview


  • Introductions & APSI Orientation
  • Break
  • Pacing Guide, School Calendar, Course Syllabus
  • Lunch
  • DBQ: Rubric & HAPP-Y
  • Break
  • DBQ: Document Analysis


  • SAQ: 2019 Samples
  • Break
  • SAQ: Practice
  • Lunch
  • DBQ: Brainstorming, Grouping, Outlining
  • Break
  • DBQ: Thesis & Contextualization


  • LEQ: Rubric & 2019 Questions
  • Break
  • LEQ: 2019 Samples & Practice
  • Lunch
  • DBQ: Using Evidence & Developing an Argument
  • Break
  • DBQ: 2019 Samples


  • Lesson Plans/Resources & Teaching Tips/Aids
  • Break
  • Write SAQs
  • Wrap-up & After-Action Review
  • Lunch
  • Write a DBQ
  • Break
  • Write a LEQ