Mount Rushmore

AP® U.S. History

New & Experienced Teachers

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.

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).