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AP U.S. History Online Exam Review

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This online course is designed to help you prepare for the AP United States History Exam. Taught by master AP History teacher Jim Smith, this short course will assist your preparation by providing you with a review of often misunderstood content and test taking skills and strategies. Additionally, it offers review resources, and, most importantly, the ability to interact with a master teacher to ask questions and clarify your understanding of the material.

Topics to be addressed:

Module One: Understanding the AP U.S. History Exam

  • Module One Objectives
    • After completing module one, students will develop an understanding of:
      • The components of the AP U.S. History Exam and what is required of them to pass the exam
      • What it means to think “historically”
      • Significant dates to remember when studying U.S. History
      • Strategies that can be used as they read each passage
      • The historical content relevant to the AP U.S. History Exam

Module Two: Mastering Short-Answer and Essay Questions

  • Module Two Objectives
    • After completing module one, students will develop an understanding of:
      • Applying historical thinking skills to short-answer questions and long essays on the AP Exam
      • Evaluating criteria for the long essays
      • Analyzing historical documents
      • Synthesizing historical information
      • Analyzing the document-based question (DBQ) and long essays

Instructor
Jim Smith
taught history and humanities in Las Cruces, New Mexico for 30 years before beginning his full-time career as a writer, publisher and education consultant. He has presented to teachers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, regarding teaching U.S. history and writing in social studies classrooms. Jim is the author of an American history textbook titled Ideas That Shape a Nation, a book that has been endorsed by two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians, as well as scholars and teachers nationwide. He is also the author of two other books — Catherine’s Son and Skipper Hall — as well as  articles and book reviews published by The Journal of Southern History, Phi Delta Kappa, AP Central and Historical Times. Mr. Smith has been a recipient of the James Madison Fellowship, the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and is a two-time recipient of the William Robertson Coe Fellowship. In 2004, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History selected Mr. Smith as the U.S. History Teacher of the Year. He has also been selected as both the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Mr. Smith has a master’s in government and a master’s in history, both from New Mexico State University, and has completed postgraduate work at American University and Stanford University.

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