AP Summer Institute





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Materials for the 2015 AP Summer Institute at the College of Wooster

Introduction to the New Curriculum and Exam

 First Seven Steps a Teacher Should Take to Transition to the New Curriculum
 Top Eight Ways to Help Your Students Navigate the New Curriculum and Exam
 AP United States History Course Homepage
 The AP United States History Exam Page
 AP United States History Course Audit
 AP United States History Teacher Community
 AP U. S. History Professional Development

Study Aids for Coping with the New Curriculum and Exam

 Preamble: Key Ingredients of a Stimulating, Rigorous AP U.S. History Survey Course
 A Brief Guide to the Historical Thinking Skills
 2015 Annotated Guide to the Thematic Learning Objectives
 Content Analysis of the Concept Outline
 Required Specifics from the Concept Outline   (2015 edition)
 The 2015 Concept Outline: Annotated and Augmented
 United States History: An Overview in the Form of a Series of Interpretations

Lessons and Teaching Materials     (Click here to return to top)

 Nine to Five
 "Only in America"
 "The Message"
 Excerpt from Part 4 [Part 3] of The Hip-Hop Years
 "We Didn't Start the Fire"
 "With God on Our Side"
 Gordon Parks' photo of Ella Watson
  1993 DBQ - Compare New England and the Chesapeake to 1700
 Africans Americans in the Late Colonial Period - Documents Lesson
 2005 DBQ - "Radicalism" of the American Revolution? (1775-1800)
 1985 DBQ - Effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation, 1781-1789
 2006 DBQ - Changing Roles of Women, 1770-1860
 2009 DBQ - "Many Thousands Gone"?, 1775-1830
 Simulation: Economy and Society in 1830s America
 Video: Solomon Northup's Odyssey: "Twelve Years A Slave"
 Slave Songs
 Free Response Essay: The Aftermath of the Mexican War, 1845 -1855
 Lincoln's "House Divided" Speech, June 16, 1858 - a primary source
 Lincoln-Douglas debates - excerpts from a primary source
 The Davis Resolutions - a primary source
 Jubilee: Literature as History
 1996 DBQ - Reconstruction: How much of a revolution? (1860-1877)
 Land and Labor during Reconstruction - Documents Lesson ("Jigsaw")
 1989 DBQ - Booker T. Washington vs. W. E. B. DuBois, 1877-1915
 2012 DBQ - Impact of the Rise of Big Business on the Economy and Politics 1870-1900
 2003 Form B DBQ - Effectiveness of Progressive Era Reformers 1900-1920
 2008 Form B DBQ - Evolution of Immigration and Immigration Restriction, 1880-1924
 Multimedia lesson: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series
 2003 DBQ - Effectiveness of FDR's responses to the Great Depression, 1929-41
 2014 DBQ - Compare U.S. foreign policy goals in 1918 and 1953
 2001 DBQ - Cold War fears, 1948-1961
 Oral History in the Classroom: Clarence Jones on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
 TET 1968: excerpt from Vietnam: A Television History
 "I Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die Rag" and "Okie from Muskogee"
  2008 DBQ - Social, Economic and Political Impact of the Vietnam War, 1964-1975
  2011 DBQ - International and Domestic Challenges faced by the Nixon Administration, 1968-1974
  2015 DBQ - Why A New Conservatism Rose to Prominence between 1960 and 1989
 Simulation: Women, Work and Family, 1946-1975
 Ira Berlin's New Interpretive Framework for African-American History
 The Significance of Rap Music and Hip-Hop for U.S. History since 1965
Additional Recommended Resources for Teaching AP US History      (Click here to return to top)
 Teachers' Websites
 Old DBQs on Wikispaces (Mr. V. E. Vinluan)
 Sue Pojer, "American History A.P. Main Page" on
 Sue Pojer, PowerPoint Palooza
 Recent Books
 Ira Berlin, The Making of African America. The Four Great Migrations.
 Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, Madison and Jefferson.
 Roger Daniels, Coming to America. A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life., Second edition.
 Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers, chapters 2-5.
 Joseph Ellis, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
 Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History.   Fourth edition.
 James Henretta, Rebecca Edwards, Robert O. Self and Eric Hinderaker, America.   A Concise History.   Sixth edition.
 John J. Newman and John M. Schmalbach, United States History:   Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination.   2015 edition.
 Glenn Porter, The Rise of Big Business, 1860-1920.   Third Edition.
 Tricia Rose, The Hip Hop Wars. What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hip-And Why It Matters.
 Daniel Sargent, A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s.
 Alan Taylor, Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction.
 Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty.   A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815.
 Click on the word "annotations" to see brief annotations for each of the books listed above
 Recently Released Audio and Video Resources
 Byron Hurt, Beyond Beats and Rhymes
 iTunes U (especially lectures by David Blight, Claybourne Carson, Joanne Freeman, Jack Rakove, and Tricia Rose)
 Edward T. O'Donnell, Turning Points in American History.   The Great Courses
 Tricia Rose, "The Hip Hop Wars"
 Daniel Sargent, The United States and the World since 1945.   History 130B
 The Hip-Hop Years (a four part British documentary)

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