AP Renaissance Unit Materials is a collection of materials and plans that I used in the teaching of my Renaissance unit. It includes stage 1 and stage 2 of my UbD or unit plan with established goals, understandings, essential questions and knowledge students must master. In many districts there is not a clear curriculum for AP European History. My curriculum is based on years of studying what the College Board and college professors expect to be included in a high school course on European History. In addition I included my opening lesson plan for the first day of school. It is based on the need to instruct students on how to read for specific content based on a PERSIA model. Included with the lesson plan are two readings for the students to read and extract specific information. Their summary of information will be used to develop clear thesis statements. Similar to most school districts, this AP European course is taught at the 10th grade level and students have very little background in reading for a specific purpose, organizing that material and formed a thesis statement.
I have included a guided reading assignment I use with the McKay textbook. It is assigned over the course of the unit and must be completed on the test day. I learned from a very wise AP Euro instructor in a summer workshop at Stanford that he does not collect the study guide for students that receive an A on the unit test. That hopefully cuts down on grading! I give quizzes on their assignments to ensure that students are reading. I have provided one of the power points I use in class for discussion. Future power points I plan to post will include "notes" for most slides.
Vocabulary is a critical area for teaching AP Euro. Each unit has a list of vocabulary that can be used in various ways. I have my students make index cards for each term and I give them a unit test as well as a nine-weeks test on the vocabulary. The nine-week tests are cumulative and two weeks before the AP exam, I give a final ID test. Students cannot write comprehensive essays without facts and the ID cards provide the "who" and "what" so that students can write about the "why", "how" and "so what".
This packet provides a sample of materials I will be posting for AP European History. The materials can also be used in AP World History and Honors World History.
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