This Summer Institute is designed for both those teachers inexperienced in teaching pre-AP History, as well as those who have experience in teaching the course. Teachers will learn to develop their pre-AP course from the basics. They will receive instruction on how to use a textbook, as well as choosing ancillary materials that will help. The teachers will work on developing a calendar that will help finish covering necessary material before the administration of the pre-AP Exam if they are giving one, and breaking up the course into either six or nine week blocks. Time will be spent one developing lessons that fit into differing types of daily schedules, including both traditional and various types of block schedules.
Teachers will also receive help in developing lessons that they can use in their classrooms, as well as exchanging best practices and ideas. It is important that each teacher bring their best lesson to share with their peers, whether it is an pre-AP lesson or not! Teachers will also receive Power Point Presentations that they may use in class, as well as looking at other types of lessons that can be used to enhance learning. In addition, attendees will receive guidance in developing lessons based on the use of primary source documents and instruction on helping students develop the necessary skills to analyze those documents. In addition, teachers will develop strategies for working with various types of visual sources; maps, charts, graphs and works of art. Teachers will also receive instruction on how to help students write answers to Short Answer Questions, Free Response Questions, and work on Document Based Questions.
Robert Wade has been a teacher at John Paul II HS in Plano, Texas for the past 8 years. Mr. Wade teaches College Prep World Cultures as well as AP European History. He is also Social Studies Department Chair. Prior to teaching at a private school Robert taught at a large urban high school in Dallas for 22 years. Robert has served as both a reader for the AP European History Exam for 18 years, as well as a National College Board AP Consultant for both AP European History and pre-AP Social Studies since 1999.
He is an author of the Teacher’s Resource Guide for “The Making of the West by Lynn Hunt“ as well as writing new testing material for the Kagan textbook to be used in preparation for the AP Exam. He received his BA in Education from Texas Tech with minors in History and Political Science, and a M. Ed. from Texas A&M, Commerce. He enjoys Cycling, Swimming, Reading, spending time with his wife, Karen, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren.