Welcome to AP European History at Davidson College
Let me take this opportunity to welcome everyone to an academic "battery charging" at the Davidson College AP Summer Institute. You are about to take the plunge into an exciting and rewarding academic experience in AP history. If you love history, and want to bring it to life for both you and your students this is the place to be. Here you will learn new techniques of instruction, be exposed to exciting new materials and technology, and finally return home armed with enough plans and materials to carry you through to the exam next spring. As a teacher, taking on an AP class can be a daunting experience. This one week course will answer your questions, provide you with professional connections and a lifeline to make the up coming year easier to get through. You will also learn about career options that will open up for you as you become part of the many teachers who successfully prepare their students for the annual AP exam. What you will learn during this one week in June will make both you and your entire department more effective in meeting the needs of your student. Please bring your textbook, if you have selected one, and a notebook. Handouts will be given on a flash drive so participants should bring a laptop if at all possible. Your seat has been reserved, welcome aboard.
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY SUMMER INSTITUTE AT DAVIDSON COLLEGE JUNE 2013
Topics of Instruction
1. What is AP European History?
2. Materials necessary to construct a successful course
How to use primary sources to enhance understanding
3. Additional course readings
4. Managing course content
5. How to prepare lessons
What am I going to teach today?
Models of successful lesson plans will be
distributed and discussed.
A new (an effective) way to teach history
6. Writing for AP European History
The two unique essay formats for AP European History will be
The Document Based Question
Included will be sessions on how to teach the skill and
how to scores student responses
The Free Response Questions
Included will be sessions on using rubrics to score and
teach the FRQ
Class Assessments (how to manage them)
7. Using Technology in the classroom
The AP European Community, websites, teaching tools and time savers
8. Reviewing for the National Exam
Davidson College's Summer AP European History program is designed to prepare instructors to successfully prepare their students for the National Examination in May of 2014. Participants should plan to bring copies of their textbooks, if they have one selected. However, we will discuss and evaluate available texts for this course as part of the instruction. Additionally, handouts will be given on a flash drive so participants should bring a laptop if at all possible. There will be approximately 2 hours of homework expected of participants during the week.