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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 focus areas in mind, participants experience the Pre-AP model of disciplinary apprenticeship by leveraging source sets the way that historians and geographers do. Participants find out what makes a source set useful, and they learn Pre-AP shared instructional principles and strategies to guide work with source sets. There’s time to engage in peer feedback on new source sets. 

Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Analyze the Pre-AP World History and Geography Course Framework.
  • Explore sample source sets and resources for building source sets.
  • Plan instruction to support new and existing source sets, applying Pre-AP Shared Instructional Principles.

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 course frameworks: causation, comparison, contextualization, and change and continuity over time. Participants design activities that use Pre-AP Shared Instructional Principles and allow students to find meaning in primary and secondary source sets the way that historians and geographers do. 

Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Analyze Pre-AP Shared Instructional Principles and World History and Geography Course Framework.
  • Explore instructional resources that model the four disciplinary reasoning skills of Pre-AP and AP classrooms.
  • Design lessons with peers and colleagues for use in their classrooms.