The AP US History curriculum includes nine periods of study within the framework of seven themes. Students should be able to categorize important events, people, places, and ideas into the various themes and, eventually, use the graphic organizers to identify patterns of continuity and change over time.
Here are some ideas for using the graphic organizer in your classroom:
- Review at the end of a unit. Individually, students can brainstorm, followed by group brainstorm, and finally a whole class discussion.
- After several units have been completed assign themes to groups of students and, looking at one theme across several historical periods, have them analyze what has changed and what has stayed the same (patterns of continuity and change over time). This can be extended as well to include a brainstorm/discussion surrounding various perspectives surrounding a particular theme).
- Students can use the information from the graphic organizer to write their own essay prompts or to search for supporting primary source documents.