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AP U.S. History

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams and student samples.

At every AP U.S. History workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP U.S. History Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP U.S. History and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP U.S. History free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)
  • Multiple-choice questions and answers from the AP U.S. History 2006 Released Exam

Materials also include an introduction to course and exam redesign slated for the 2014–2015 school year. Eighty percent of workshop content will focus on the current course; and 20 percent focuses on previewing the redesigned course. Participants will receive:

  • The curriculum framework for the redesigned AP U.S. History course.
  • Activities that both explore the structure of the redesigned course and suggest appropriate instructional strategies and practices.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP U.S. History course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction
  • Understand upcoming changes to the course and exam slated for 2014–2015

Curriculum Module: Work, Exchange and Technology

This curriculum module traces the interplay between technologies, society, and work in the United States since the late 18th century, specifically addressing the theme of "work, exchange, and technology" as defined by the AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework. The module's activities are designed to allow students to analyze documents and photographs that illustrate how access to and uses of technologies (anything human built) have affected (and have been affected by) American society, including how people have lived and worked; the development of labor and technological systems; and government, social, and economic policies. The individual lessons have also been designed to help students focus on developing the historical skills identified in the curriculum framework.

  • Lesson 1: The Ideal of Self-Sufficiency
  • Lesson 2: Using Primary Source Documents to Explore the Relationship Between Technology and Work
  • Lesson 3: Technology and Expectations in the American Workplace
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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To register for summer institutes, visit 
AP Central: Institutes & Workshops.

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