Pre-AP Readiness Workshops: History and Social Studies

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Effective Use of Source Sets in the Pre-AP History and Social Studies Classroom

This workshop explores the three instructional shifts that characterize a Pre-AP history and geography classroom: evaluating evidence, incorporating evidence, and explaining  historical relationships. With these shifts in mind, participants will experience the Pre-AP model of disciplinary apprenticeship by leveraging source sets in the way that historians and geographers do. 

Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the characteristics that make a source set useful, a list of shared instructional principles and strategies to guide work with source sets, and time to engage in peer feedback on new source sets. Specific activities in the workshop will include an examination of the Pre-AP World History and Geography Course Framework, an exploration of useful resource libraries and databases, and planning for application in the classroom.

Objectives

Teachers will…

  • Develop an understanding of instructional shifts and principles of a Pre-AP history and social studies classroom through analysis of the Pre-AP course framework.
  • Explore sample source sets, resources for building sources, and engage in an approach to building source sets for their own classrooms.
  • Plan instruction to support new and existing source sets, with a focus on applying Pre-AP instructional principles.

Fostering Disciplinary Reasoning Skills in the Pre-AP History and Social Studies Classroom

This workshop explores the three instructional shifts that characterize a Pre-AP history and geography classroom: evaluating evidence, incorporating evidence, and explaining historical relationships. Alongside these shifts, the focus of the workshop will be on the four disciplinary reasoning skills that appear in Pre-AP and AP course frameworks. Participants will have the chance to explore and engage each of the four skills: contextualization, comparison, causation, and change and continuity over time. In addition, participants will use shared instructional practices as a way to apply disciplinary reasoning to historical and geographical evidence. Specific activities in the workshop will include an examination of the Pre-AP World History and Geography Course Framework, an exploration of history and geography source sets, and planning for application in the classroom.

Objectives

Teachers will…

  • Develop an understanding of instructional shifts and principles of a Pre-AP social studies classroom through analysis of the Pre-AP course framework.
  • Explore instructional resources that model the four disciplinary reasoning skills of Pre-AP and AP classrooms.
  • Design instruction that incorporates disciplinary reasoning skills.