The newly designed AP United States History exam will have many teachers scrambling to create summative assessments to prepare their students for the May 2015 national exam. As you invest time creating your new unit exams, hold your students accountable for course content with this collection of over 160 quizzes (formative assessments) created to give students an opportunity to showcase their ability to think analytically and historically.
Each quiz is created for timed environment of 7-10 minutes providing students with the opportunity to apply detailed and specific knowledge (such as names, chronology, facts, and events) to broader historical understandings. This product includes four different quiz formats aligned with the goals of the redesigned AP national exam, which expects students to reveal the analytic and historic thinking skills necessary for success in your AP U.S. History course.
Teachers may also consider using the American Pageant quiz bank for brainstorming activates and small/large group discussions starters.
Coherent Paragraph Quiz (CPQ)
The coherent paragraph quiz is designed to test student knowledge about core content while practicing timed writing assessment. The goal is to encourage students to create a coherent “narrative” by weaving terms, people, and concepts into a chronologically coherent paragraph. In order to weave the terms, people, concepts into a quality paragraph it is essential to provide the context. A laundry list that includes the quiz terms and uses weak or underdeveloped transitions will not work. The content necessary for a passing grade can be drawn from textbook readings, talking points, or video clips presented in class.
Free Response Quiz (FRQ)
The free response quiz is designed to measure student use of historical thinking skills to explain and analyze significant issues in U.S. history. The goal is to encourage students to brainstorm specific relevant historical evidence they would use to construct a well written long essay. The content necessary for a passing grade can be drawn from textbook readings, talking points, or video clips presented in class.
Document Based Quiz (DBQ)
The document based quiz is designed to assess student ability to identify, describe and evaluate evidence about the past from diverse sources (including written documents, works of art, and other primary sources), with respect to content, authorship, purpose, format, and audience. The goal is to encourage students to extract useful information, make supportable inferences and draw appropriate conclusions from historical evidence while also understanding such evidence in its context, recognizing its limitations and assessing the points of view that it reflects. The content necessary for a passing grade can be drawn from document analysis and outside preparation.
The rhythms quiz is designed to provide students with an opportunity to identify and analyze patterns of continuity and change over time and connect them to larger historical processes or themes. The goal is to examine multiple events in U.S. history and analyze the context and circumstances of these recurring trends.
Fall Semester Guided Reading Quiz - Chapters #1-22 (20 minutes) [open notes] . This quiz is designed to show how an organized notebook with specific factual answers can be a quality study tool. I randomly select 6 images (out of 30) and students have 3 minutes to answer a question that relates to the image.