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U.S. History

José Gregory

José Gregory obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1998 and then attended the University of Pennsylvania for graduate school.  He has worked as an AP U.S. History teacher for fifteen years, has attended the AP Reading since 2008, and served as a Table Leader since 2017.  The College Board recognized him in 2007 for having the largest number of Hispanic/Latino students in the nation passing the AP U.S. History exam.  As a College Board endorsed consultant, Mr. Gregory has facilitated various workshops and AP Summer Institutes around the country. He also served as a committee member for AP Insight in U.S. History and as a trainer for school districts using this electronic platform.  Mr. Gregory currently teaches at Marist School in Atlanta and previously taught at a magnet school for the performing arts, DeKalb School of the Arts, and at Miami-Palmetto Senior High School in Florida. 

Course Description

This course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum framework so they can empower their students to be successful in the course and on the AP exam.  Specifically, the course examines strategies and activities to teach content and cultivate historical thinking skills. Lastly, the course emphasizes how to help students make, develop, and support historical arguments through analytical writing.   

Agenda

The following topics will be covered during our time together.  Please note there is room for flexibility, especially when it comes to pacing, so we can adjust to ensure your goals, needs and expectations are met. My main objectives are to have an extremely effective and engaging summer institute by using relevant, practical and creative instructional strategies.

Day 1

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • AP Summer Institute Agenda
    • AP Summer Institute Goals, Learning Outcomes and Personal Goals, Needs and Expectations
    • AP Equity and Access Policy
  • Overview of the Course and Exam
    • Curriculum Framework:
      • Themes
      • Learning Objectives
      • Periods and Concept Outline
      • Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Skills
    • Participant Activities: Becoming Familiar with the Curriculum Framework (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Pacing Guides
    • Classroom Connections: State Alignment and Teacher-Selected Content
  • Practice Exam- Multiple-Choice Test Questions
    • Participant Activity: Review MCT (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Analyze Questions: What is accessible, viable and challenging?
    • HTSs of the Day: Historical Causation, Patterns of Continuity and Change Over Time, and Comparison
    • Guidelines and Creating Questions: How do I teach this material to students?
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments 

Day 2

  • Practice Exam- Short-Answer Questions
    • Participant Activity: Types of Questions (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • HTS of the Day: Interpretation
    • Analyze Student Sample Answers from the 2019 AP Exam
    • Guidelines and Creating Questions: How do I teach this material to students?
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
    • Literacy Connections on Concept Outline (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Homework Assignment on “Critical Content”
    • Creating Questions: MC or Short-Answer
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments
  • Creative Projects and Technology
    • Differentiated Instruction: How does this look in the APUSH classroom?
    • Connections to “Know and Do”: How do I use these projects with my students?
    • Technology
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments 

Day 3

  • Practice Exam- Document-Based Question
    • Examining the New Rubric
    • HTSs of the Day: Historical Argumentation, Appropriate Use of Relevant Historical Evidence, Contextualization, Sourcing and Historical Complexity
    • Analyze Student Sample Answers from the 2019 AP Exam
    • Writing Guidelines and Creating Questions: How do I teach this material to students?
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments
  • Course Audit and Syllabus Development Guide
    • New Requirements
    • Creation versus Adoption
    • Sample Syllabi (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Deadlines

Day 4

  • Practice Exam- Long Essay
    • Examining the New Rubric
    • HTSs of the Day: Historical Argumentation, Appropriate Use of Relevant Historical Evidence, Contextualization and Historical Complexity
    • Analyze Student Sample Answers from the 2019 AP Exam
    • Writing Guidelines and Creating Questions: How do I teach this material to students?
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments
  • Overcoming the Achievement Gap
    • Believe, Encourage and Support (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Scaffolding and Remediation (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Horizontal and Vertical Planning to “Academically Prepare” (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
  • Resources and Communication
    • Analyze Textbooks and Supplementary Materials (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Websites: AP Central, Teacher Community, Course Audit (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • New Resources and Supports for 2019-2020
  • Review Strategies
    • Annotated Curriculum Framework
    • DBQ Project (9 periods and/or 7 themes)
    • Thematic Outlines (7 themes with 19 learning objectives)
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
  • Summer Assignments
    • Review Books (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Secondary Sources (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Overlooked Individuals, Groups and Topics (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Classroom Connections: Modifying Instruction and Assessments (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
  • APSI Summary, Closing and Evaluations
    • Equity and Access Policy Revisited: Improvements (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • Reflections and Questions (Participant Sharing- Small and Whole Group)
    • APSI Evaluations and Certificates