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1 Georgia DOE AP Symposium U.S. History Mike Nance, Alpharetta HS Jenny Snoddy, Walton HS Andrew Adams, Walton HS

2 Introductions Mike Nance, Alpharetta HS (cell) Alpharetta High School 2004-Present Druid Hills High School AP U.S. History Instructor, 1989-Present AP U.S. Exam Reader, 2001-Present AP U.S. Exam Table Leader,

3 2009 AP Exam Scores Nation AHS Walton (346,641) (130) (275) 511.1%546.9%521.8% 419.4%426.1%432.7% 322.2%319.2%327.3% 225.2%26.9%215.6% 122%1.7%12.5%

4 The 2009 AP U.S. Reading Why become a Reader? Readers are paid Exchanging ideas among faculty and AP Development committee members Establishing friendships and a countrywide network of faculty members Grading the exam responses of the world's brightest students (and others!) Practicing how to use a rubric consistently, (which can make them better at scoring their own students' essays) Earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and professional development hours.

5 The Exam and the 2008 AP U.S. Reading Exam Format 80 item multiple choice exam A Document Based Essay (DBQ) Two Free Response essays, one of two questions in two parts

6 The Free Response Section Part II is likely what both you and the students dread most Lets use the 2009 exam to see what the College Board (ETS, actually) was thinking… And what your students were thinking!

7 The 2009 DBQ 1775 to 1830 Explain why BOTH changes took place. Analyze the ways that BOTH free African Americans and enslaved African Americans responded to the challenges confronting them. 4 components

8 What was the Intent of this Question? Explain the rise in the number of free African Americans during a period where the institution of slavery was also expanding. Analyze the ways African Americans, free and slave, responded to the challenges they faced

9 How Did Students Perform? Its a relative thing Average score was 3.22 out of 9 Used most of the documents and mostly well. Many connected Doc. A and B Common misinterpretations of Doc. I and J

10 How Did Students Perform? Students spent more time on responses to challenges than expansion of both groups Documents lent themselves to this: Only Doc. C was exclusively on expansion Doc. A, B and F have application, but few students saw this.

11 How Did Students Perform? There was little outside information, hence the low average score Students often quoted the documents, or merely summarized them. Students found it challenging to address all four parts of the question (Duh!)

12 Lessons from the AP Reading Synthesizing rather than quoting/summarizing Some altruistically-minded white Americans, particularly in the north, supported a back-to- Africa movement (Doc. H). Also in Doc. E it states of how some African Americans would buy their freedom from their owner and the African American had to work and pay the master money.

13 Lessons from the AP Reading Teach students to use the documents as clues to trigger outside information. Doc. B and manumission, post- Revolution anti-slavery societies, gradual emancipation laws in northern states. Doc. C: all the expansion facts most kids knew (I thought): cotton gin, NW Ordinance, Missouri Compromise, etc.

14 Lessons from the AP Reading Timelines and chronological sequencing Explicitly address the parts and terms of the question

15 Kids say the darndest things… The growing number of slaves created a geological separation of the U.S. Harriet Tubman helped slaves escape through the Underground Tunnel, following the stars north.

16 FRQ Part B 2. British imperial policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified resistance to British rule and commitment to republican values. 3. Social, political, and economic forces of the 1840s and early 1850s that led to the emergence of the Republican Party.

17 Intent of Q2 Connect specific British imperial policies to resistance and to a reinforced commitment to republican values Change over time

18 How did students respond? 3.74 out of 9: Better than most years Most were familiar with the period Especially well on imperial policies and resistance Message to teachers Pre-writing Timeline Critical thinking

19 Q3: What was the intent? Mastery of interlocking forces during the 1840s and 1850s Analysis of the collapse of the second party system and emergence of the Republican Party Straightforward

20 How did students perform? Most did not… 1.64 out of 9 Often lacked understanding of the question – much outside the time period: Ronald Reagan! Too much association with abolitionists Political over social and economic

21 Message to Teachers Emphasize themes that cover longer periods of time Teach political party systems Social and economic forces as well as political Have students pay closer attention to time periods: 1840s and early 1850s

22 Q 4: Intent? TWO organizations and explain their strategies for advancing the interests of workers/extent of success. Compound thesis Change over time

23 How did students perform 2.95 out of 9 Knights and AFL overwhelmingly Often no comprehensive thesis Uneven treatment of organization/extent of success Often confused composition, leaders, objectives of the organizations Concentrated on late 19 th century

24 Message to Teachers Labor history outside the late 19 th century Emphasize themes (note that this time period has been used before). Recognize change over time, esp. when the period is long. Thesis that addresses all parts of the question

25 Q 5: Intent Impact of WWII on ethnic/racial groups on the home front War as a catalyst for social change, security v. civil liberties

26 How did students perform? 3.03 out of 9 Mostly description and generalization, not analysis of specific data. Imbalance between groups We could see regional groups in the responses Weak on chronology

27 Kids say the … As for the Japanese experience, it can literally be described as going to camp for the summer, the only difference being summer lasted three years. As for the Jews, they benefitted in that there is a National Holocaust Museum.

28 And again… The McCarthy scare ended with accusations of the army being infiltrated by Japanese Americans.

29 Message to teachers What does analyze mean Pre-writing Address all parts of the question Social/cultural history

30 Questions?? Becoming an AP Reader? Whats the Reading like?

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