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Pre-AP Social Studies: Source Sets and Document Analysis

This workshop explores the three areas of focus in a Pre-AP social studies classroom: evaluating evidence, incorporating evidence, and explaining historical relationships. With these shifts in mind, participants experience the Pre-AP model of disciplinary apprenticeship by leveraging source sets like historians and geographers. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the characteristics that make primary and secondary sources useful, how Pre-AP shared principles can guide work with sources, and helpful criteria for building new source sets.

Outcome:

  • Educators will explore and design instructional resources that utilize the four disciplinary reasoning skills of Pre-AP and AP classrooms.

Pre-AP Social Studies: Fostering Disciplinary Reasoning Skills

Fostering disciplinary reasoning skills is a key focus of the Pre-AP social studies classroom. This workshop explores the four disciplinary reasoning skills that appear in Pre-AP and AP History course frameworks: causation, comparison, contextualization, and change and continuity over time. Participants design activities that use Pre-AP shared principles and allow students to find meaning in primary and secondary source sets the way that historians and geographers do.

Outcome:

  • Educators will explore and design instructional resources that utilize the four disciplinary reasoning skills of Pre-AP and AP classrooms.