Are you wondering about the latest changes to the AP European History course and exam? Attending this online AP summer institute will be a great experience and will allow you to find out more about the latest updates to the AP European History course and exam. We will also be exploring many strategies and materials for teaching the course. Specifically, we will spend time examining the new LEQ and DBQ rubrics that will be used for the first time at the 2024 reading.
This institute will provide many practical resources and ideas for organizing the recently updated AP European History course and will help both experienced and new teachers prepare to confidently teach the curricular, thematic, and skill components that launched in August 2019. Time will be spent making sure that all teachers are ready to prepare their students for success in the course and on the exam, with the latest released College Board materials and test samples being explored.
The following are some of the goals for the week:
1. To understand some of the basic elements involved with teaching the AP European History course:
• AP European History Curriculum, Themes, and Skills (CED)
• Understanding the Course Requirements
• Mapping out the Year—Pacing the AP European History Course and Outlining the instructional plan by Unit and Topic in
your acameic calendar.
• AP Classroom Instructional Resources
• Using Instructional Planning Reports
• Instructional Strategies and Tools to teach the Content and Skills in the CED
• College Board Processes
• The AP Audit
• Test Taking Strategies
• Document Based Question Writing
• Long Essay Writing
• Stimulus Based Multiple Choice Questions
• Short Answer Questions
• Student Enrollment
• Textbook Selection
• Supplemental Readers
• Test Development
• Equity and Access
2. To understand the content and structure of the AP* European History exam, and to develop appropriate strategies for
maximizing student scores and to examine ways to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge
necessary to deal critically with the content, skills, and materials in AP European History.
3. To achieve an understanding of necessary course content for the course curriculum and exam by looking at sample questions
provided by the College Board, examining the latest AP reading samples released by the College Board, and analyzing the
rubrics for all parts of the exam
4. To examine a variety of ways to structure the course so that students will be prepared to score well on the AP exam.
5. To acquire many resources from the instructor and from other participants to help make the teaching of the course more
manageable. These will include:
• Sample test questions for the exam provided by the College Board
• Available samples from the most recent AP Reading
• College Board information concerning the themes and skills in AP European History
• Long Essay Rubrics
• Document Based Question Rubrics
• Instructional Handouts
• Instructor-prepared Classroom Resources in an instructor-created google drive
• Online access to materials provided by publishers
• Materials provided by College Board
What to Have Available for our Online Workshop:
Please have available any materials you will be using to plan and teach your course (textbook, supplemental materials, etc.)
and your schoolyear calendar for next year, since you will have some time throughout the week to work on planning and
organizing your course pacing and units.
What to Expect During the Week:
Daily workshops will be a blend of synchronous learning via Online Meetings and asynchronous learning. Each morning and
afternoon session will start with the synchronous presentation of information offering two-way, real-time video and audio with
short videos, demonstrations, Q & A, and instructions for the asynchronous work time.
The ratio of synchronous to asynchronous instruction will vary depending on the day, but approximately 75 - 80% of the time will
be spent in synchronous activities, large group discussions, and examination of College Board materials. Asynchronous
learning will include a mix of independent planning and small break out group activities. Participants will have a specified
amount of time to complete various tasks, and the presenter will be available during asynchronous time to answer questions or
to provide additional support. Each day will end with a Zoom wrap-up.