• A Wrinkle in Time...Approaching Synthesis

    In this final blog of the series “Keys to Writing Success in AP® History,” our focus will be on Synthesis.  As mentioned in the previous blog, two of the most confusing parts of the Documents Bas...
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  • Getting the “Big Picture” … or Contextualization

    Arguably two of the most confusing parts of the Documents Based Question Rubric, for both students and teachers, is Contextualization and Synthesis.  Because these two parts of essay writing can be frustrating, t...
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  • How Short Should a Short Answer Be?

    In my previous blogs, I have focused on essay writing, which undoubtedly takes up a great deal of our planning, teaching, and grading time as AP® history teachers.  But, we should not forget the importance o...
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  • The Amazing Appositive & Terrific Transition

    Sometime near the beginning of the school year we all face that dreaded day when we have to teach… the DBQ.  Nothing seems to strike fear in the hearts of students and dread in the hearts of teachers as th...
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  • Highlighter Magic

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could see inside your student’s minds as they were writing an essay for your AP® course?  How many times have you thought to yourself, “what was she thinking?...
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  • Follow the Recipe...Key to AP® Writing

    We all know that success on the AP® history exams depends on the success of our students’ writing.  Yes, knowledge of history is key… and the ability of students to read sources carefully is imp...
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  • Multimedia Monday (10/17): Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century

    It's been two weeks since our last Multimedia Monday - and I hope you all had a wonderful Columbus Day weekend!   Today's multimedia Monday is a simple resource that has multiple uses in your history classroom: ...
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  • Multimedia Monday (10/3): The History of England Podcast

    Do you use podcasts with your students, or just listen to them on your commute to school in the morning? Podcasts can be a great way to add some media into your classroom or help students who learn by listening.  ...
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  • Chief Readers Report

    An excellent way to improve classroom instruction and student performance is to review the Chief Readers Report.It can be found on the College Board website where the DBQ's, LEQ's and SAQ's are found. Look for the lin...
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  • Multimedia Monday (9/26): American Panorama

    For today's multimedia Monday, we turn to the University of Richmond, which has created a few different projects for teachers to use in their classroom. I want to focus on America Panorama, a US History atlas that pro...
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  • Multimedia Monday (9/19): New York before the City TEDTalk

    TEDTalks are great ways to incorporate multimedia into your classroom. This TEDTalk, by Eric Sanderson, discusses the topography of Manhattan when it was discovered by Henry Hudson and shows the replotted map as it wo...
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  • Multimedia Monday (9/12): The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

    This PBS documentary follows the Medici family of Florence in the 15th century. The Medici family rose to power on the onset of the Renaissance, and this documentary (divided in 4 parts) shows how the family began and...
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  • Closeness and History

    When I teach the Boston Massacre, a subject about which one of my co-authors on America’s History, Eric Hinderaker, will soon publish a remarkable new book, I ask the students to think about space and confinemen...
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  • The BFW Classroom Compass for AP* World History

    Over the past several decades I’ve had the rich opportunity to interact with many AP* World History instructors from my vantage point as a college professor and textbook author (Ways of the World). At AP* readin...
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