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European History

Carol Pixton

Carol Pixton taught history for 40 years, including 23 years at the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA where she was a member of the History Department. She started teaching AP European History in 1980. She was first appointed a Reader for AP European History in 1984 and she has continued to attend the Readings regularly. Over the years she has also served as a Table Leader and a Question Leader. She participated in both the 2016 and 2017 Readings of the Redesigned exam and will be at the 2018 Reading. She has consulted for the College Board since 1985, leading many workshops and institutes in the Western Region. She served from 2008 to 2012 on the College Board committee that developed the Redesigned AP European History Curriculum.  She earned a Ph.D. in History at Columbia University in 2002.

Agenda

Monday, July 16

Morning Session

  • Welcome and Introductions
    Course basics: Scope of Course; Information on exam and Reading; AP Audit and AP Central; AP Online Community
  • OVERVIEW of the curriculum framework: Fall 2017 Amended AP Euro Redesign: Themes, Key Concepts and Thematic Learning Objectives
  • 2017-18 Revised format of the exam and revised rubrics
  • Textbooks and supplementary readers for the course
  • Other resources: Publications, journals, books, useful internet sites, lectures from iTunes U and The Great Courses
  • Sources for Redesigned questions
  • Primary source documents: the building blocks of the historian’s craft and critical to teaching the Redesign. Group work with documents
  • Socratic Seminars, Group Activities, and Games
  • Best methods for building archives of documents, lesson plans, assignment calendars and identifying new resources.
  • Sharing information on Google Drive and signing up for Schoology.
    Planning your syllabus:
    Make teams based on textbook used to pool ideas for Audit curriculum, if applicable, and syllabi and assignment calendars. Groups begin to plan and create documents specific to their textbook.

Afternoon Session

  • Best practices for teaching the Redesigned Multiple Choice Questions
  • GRADING SESSION I    Short Answer Questions from 2018 AP Exam
  • Themes and enrichment materials for Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries
    Period 1 1450-1648
    Ex: Renaissance humanism lesson with Petrarch’s letter to posterity
  • Brueghel images: How art reveals social history
  • Powerpoint: The History of Poverty through Art
    Teaching the Reformation
    Time permitting: Video clips from Henry V and A Man for all Seasons
Tuesday, July 17

Morning Session

  • Themes and enrichment materials for Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • Period 2 1648-1815
  • Ex: Thirty Years’ War lesson with handout.
  • Special Focus lessons with secondary and primary source documents:
    1) Louis XIV and Absolutism – taxation and administration
    2) The Enlightenment and the Lisbon Earthquake: documents and video
  • Barry Lyndon video clip: Seven Years’ War
  • Experience teachers SHARING: Your favorite lesson from the course

Afternoon Session

  • Focus on the Redesigned DBQ.
  • GRADING SESSION II 2018 Document-Based Question
  • SHARING best methods for DBQ preparation
  • Time permitting: Video: Elizabeth R series with Glenda Jackson
Wednesday, July 18

Morning Session

  • Themes and enrichment materials for Nineteenth Century
  • Period 3 1815-1914
  • Resources for teaching the Industrial Revolution.
  • Unintended consequences of the Industrial Revolution: Selection from Anthony Trollope’s Dr. Thorne
  • Using Music in the European History classroom: resources, brainstorming
  • Ex: Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro
  • Resources for teaching the French Revolution.

Afternoon Session

  • GRADING SESSION III: Long Essay Question from 2018 Exam
  • Best practices for teaching essay writing
  • Using Literature in the History class:
  • Ex: Romanticism: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe/Victor Hugo
  • Time permitting: Music: Beethoven’s Ninth and video selection from film Immortal Beloved and from The Duelists
Thursday, July 19

Morning Session

  • Period 4 1914-present
  • World War I poetry and memoirs: Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves
  • Video clip: The Great War
  • Resources for teaching Fascism.
  • Resources for teaching about the Holocaust.
  • Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz
  • Video clip: Jacob Bronowski at Auschwitz
  • Resources for teaching WWII
  • Time permitting: Video: Russia’s War: Stalingrad

Afternoon Session

  • Teaching the post-1989 section of the course: Crisis in Balkans; European Union; the ‘new’ Europe.
  • Using current events in class.
  • Create and distribute information about Google Drive for sharing resources.
  • FAREWELL!