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AP® U.S. History

AP® U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society.


Course Takeaways

  1. Participants will understand the course design and be able to implement an effective AP U.S. History course.
  2. Participants will develop activities and assessments to build student proficiency in the disciplinary practices and reasoning skills.
  3. Participants will practice effective historical reasoning activities that can be modeled in classrooms help students develop sound historical arguments.
  4. Participants will learn how to make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

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About the Instructor

Kenneth Tucker

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Kenneth Tucker

Kenneth Tucker has taught AP U.S. History for thirteen years. He is an AP Reader, APSI Consultant, and serves on the College Board’s Consultant Advisory Panel and APAC Steering Committee. Mr. Tucker and a former student were selected to participate in the 2013 NHD Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Institute, with their research featured on the National WWII Museum website, ABMC Normandy Cemetery App, and GPTV’s “On the Story.” He was also selected to attend the 2011 Gilder Lehrman Stanford Institute on the Great Depression and World War II. In addition, he has presented on the issues of vertical teams and access and equity for low SES students at the AP National Conference and College Board’s Access and Equity Conference, and currently serves on several comprehensive school and county level reform committees. Mr. Tucker earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in History and Secondary Education at Florida A&M University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership at Columbus State University. He was a Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year nominee for 2017-2018, awarded the Mary Brown Tinkham Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century Outstanding History Teacher in 2014, Rockdale County High School Teacher of the Year in 2013-2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year in 2013, and is a three-time Rockdale County Public Schools Honor Teacher.


Additional Information

In order to maximize the learning experience, please bring a charged laptop daily and a favorite lesson or best practice to share with the group (a formal lesson is not required).