Pre-AP™ Social Studies

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Goals of the course: The course will focus on developing a rigorous curriculum for the Pre-AP™ Social Studies program. The purpose is to introduce skills, concepts, and assessment methods crucial to preparing students for success at the AP™ level. Focus will center on developing reading, writing, questioning, critical thinking, and document analysis skills. These skills are applicable for students who may be considered GT, underachieving, economically disadvantaged, or “at risk.”

Instructional methods: A wide array of teaching strategies will be used throughout the week. The activities for the institute include lecture, small group sessions, independent activities, simulations, pair-share activities, creation of projects, and many more.

Topics and activities of the course

  • Differences between AP™ and Pre-AP™ Courses
  • The Redesigned AP™ US History Course
  • Differentiation Strategies that Work
  • Pre-AP™ Writing Strategies
  • Pre-AP™ Reading Strategies
  • Common Core Strategies
  • Using Historical Thinking Skills
  • AP™ Social Studies Vertical Teams™ Guide Strategies
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Incorporating technology
  • Teacher Resources
  • Participant Presentation of Best Practices Lesson


  • Introduction and expectations
  • Differences between AP and Pre-AP Courses


  • The AP Exam and why It is Important
  • Simulated reading of an exam


  • What is Differentiation and Why We Should Use It?
  • Pre-AP Writing Strategies
  • Using AP™ prompts in Pre-AP™

• Pre-AP Reading Strategies • Developing a Mini-DBQ


• Catch Them Thinking Critically • AP Social Studies Vertical Teams Guide Strategies
• AP Social Studies Vertical Teams Guide Strategies
• Computer Lab and the Incorporation of Technology


• Hands-on Activities
• Using Graphic Novels in Social Studies
• Sharing Best Practice Lesson
• Teacher Resources

• Evaluations and Certificates

Photo: Jon KawamuraJon Kawamura earned his BS in Mathematics from Willamette University and his MS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Oregon State College. Jon has taught high school mathematics for 29 years and currently teaches at West Salem High School in Oregon. He started teaching AP™ Calculus BC in 1995 and has also enjoyed teaching AP™ Calculus AB and AP™ Statistics.Jon started scoring AP™ Calculus exams in 1999 and has served as a Table Leader for five years. He has worked as a College Board™ Consultant conducting one-day workshops since 2004, and has done numerous 4-day AP™ Summer Institutes throughout the Western States. In 2008, he was recognized with a Siemens AP™ Teacher Award for Oregon. Jon is currently a member of the AP™ Calculus Test Development Committee.
Jon Kawamura Kawamura_jon@salkeiz.k12.or.usWelcome to the AP™ Calculus AB summer institute! I’m looking forward to sharing some of my ideas and experiences with each of you. I currently teach at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. I have been teaching math since 1986 and first started teaching AP™ Calculus BC in 1995. In addition to AP™ Calculus BC, I’ve taught AP™ Calculus AB and AP™ Statistics. I have been a Reader for AP™ Calculus since 1999. In 2013 I joined the AP Calculus Test Development Committee. Through my experiences as a Reader, Table Leader and Committee member I’ve gained a lot of knowledge, not only about Calculus, but also how to prepare students, and the “flavor” of the problems to expect on the examination. This summer institute is designed for teachers interested in incorporating graphing calculators and a variety of other activities into an AP™ Calculus AB curriculum. We will utilize the graphing calculator to investigate limits, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, and slope fields. Come and experience activities that will help lead your students to grasp the fundamental ideas and applications of calculus. We will frequently employ a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts and problems being expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. You’ll learn to use your calculator to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to discover new ideas, and to confirm written work.Throughout the week you’ll gain a clear understanding of the goals of AP™ Calculus, which will have an impact on how you teach the course. With a clear understanding of these goals, you will be able to better prepare your students for the AP™ examination.Participants will experience individual and group activities that will help students discover new ideas or reinforce concepts already learned. There will also be time set aside for each participant to share a favorite activity or lesson. This way, you will have numerous new ideas and techniques to employ into your classroom. Participants will also experience the grading or reading process for the free response questions. You’ll learn how standards are set, explained, and applied to recent AP questions. We will look at the questions from the 2015 exam, and discuss common student mistakes and points that teachers should be emphasizing. If time permits and there is an interest from the group, I’d be happy to discuss some BC topics in case you are considering offering the BC course in the future. In addition to your graphing calculator, please bring a flash drive (to get electronic copies of handouts and activities) and at least one favorite activity or lesson to share with the group. If you have a specific need or issue that you would like me to cover, feel free to email me. I’ll do my best to meet your needs.

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