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AP® World History

The UTC World History APSI is designed to meet the needs of high school AP teachers.  This will be accomplished through a survey that will be sent out in advance for the participants to help set the exact agenda.  During the course of the week, we will address the new requirements for APWH by College Board, including the syllabus, new changes to what the students must know, and things they do not need to know.

About the Course

Session time will be spent working on all the required essays, both how to teach the students how to write them, as well as scoring the essays.  Examples for practice scoring will be available and used during the week.  All teachers prefer having help making assignments, and we will work on creating those as a class for all to use in their own classroom.  Each participant is encouraged to bring one they have used in their class, have thought of but need help finishing, need to adapt to the AP curriculum, or just like it a great deal and wish to share.  Ideas for outside readings, ways to use peer review, assignments, resources, and fun activities will also be given time in the sessions.

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Course Takeaways

  • Applying the course changes regarding the new time frames
  • Understanding the scoring with the rubric and how to teach it to the students.
  • Writing MC, SAQ’s, and FRQ’s for each time period, creating a common set to share.
  • Promote understanding of the course requirements and guidelines and how to plan accordingly.

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Course Schedule


  1. Introduction of participants
  2. Overview and Agenda
  3. Discuss Equity and Access
  4. Preview of Course and Exam and 2019 changes
  5. Examination of Key Concepts and Thematic Learning Objectives
  6. Historical Reasoning Skills introduction
  7. Syllabus requirements
  8. Planning and work on calendar
  9. Resources
  10. Reflections, Homework assignments, Questions


  1. Primary and Secondary Sources
  2. Teaching Sequence/Pacing work on calendar
  3. Essay Rubrics
  4. Creating and Supporting and Historical Argument
  5. Contextualization – both
  6. LEQ’s
  7. Writing essay prompts
  8. Scoring essays
  9. Reflections, Questions, Homework


  1. Homework assignments and lesson plans
  2. Resources - AP Central and the AP Community
  3. “Help make this assignment better” review of what they brought in
  4. Long term assignments/ projects
  5. DBQ Rubric
  6. DBQ skills and ways to practice
  7. Writing the DBQ
  8. Scoring the DBQ
  9. Homework


  1. Review Homework
  2. SAQ Question Samples and Grading
  3. Writing SAQ’s
  4. Fun Activities
  5. Review Contextualization
  6. Review Pacing, Calendar
  7. Questions
  8. Evaluations

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About the Instructor

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Joseph Paddenburg

Joseph Paddenburg graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a BA in Secondary Education – History.  After a semester of substitute work, he was hired to teach in the Opportunity School in Danville, Va.  It was a program of last resort for many students, and Paddenburg was the social studies department, teaching every subject offered.  After a few years, he transferred over to the main school, George Washington High School where he taught mostly World History, Geography, and Government.  In 2001, Paddenburg and his wife moved to Greenville, SC. He began teaching at Southside High School, focusing on Government/Economics, World Geography, and World History.  AP World History was added to his resume in 2006, and he have been teaching it to mainly freshmen ever since.  Upon reading that College Board needed readers to score exams, Paddenburg put in his application and was hired for the 2010 read in Ft. Collins, Colorado and has attended every year since then.  In the spring of 2015, he piloted the AP Insight for World History and was invited to become a consultant.  That fall, Paddenburg was asked to serve on a consultant team for all of AP World History.   He is happily married to his wife, Michelle for 23 years, and they have 3 kids- 15, 14, and 9 – and 1 spoiled rescue pup.

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Additional Information

Please bring your laptops to allow easy access to shared files on a Google drive and other internet resources.  I would encourage you to have your textbook with you for use when we work on pacing and scheduling. 

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