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Archive for the 'USH: AP Intro and Review' Category

Review: Immigration

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here is a helpful Power Point, presented chronologically and divided into periods, which summarizes immigration in USH.

Review: Evolution of Political Parties in USH

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here is a document that shows the evolution of political parties in US History while comparing and contrasting opposing parties.

Review: Presidential Administrations

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The key events, acts, etc. of each Presidential administration. The Presidents in Review.

Here is another version, also good.

Here is a similar Power Point version of the same

And here is the Presidential Rankings table posted in my classroom.

How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Pinker’s latest book is The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. And it’s great.

Below you’ll learn:

  1. The two key elements that will improve your writing.
  2. The biggest mistake we all make — and how to fix it.
  3. The science behind what makes writing work.
  4. The most pleasant way to improve your knowledge of grammar.

Here it is

Stop Multitasking: You’re not good at it

Friday, July 25th, 2014

“Evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts.”

“I don’t care if a kid wants to tweet while she’s watching American Idol, or have music on while he plays a video game. But when students are doing serious work with their minds, they have to have focus.”

“Under most conditions, the brain simply cannot do two complex tasks at the same time. It can happen only when the two tasks are both very simple and when they don’t compete with each other for the same mental resources. An example would be folding laundry and listening to the weather report on the radio. That’s fine. But listening to a lecture while texting, or doing homework and being on Facebook—each of these tasks is very demanding, and each of them uses the same area of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.”

Read the evidence from the Slate. AND STOP IT!


Panics, Crises, and Depressions in USH

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Here is a list of significant economic panics, crises, and depressions in US History. It might be wise to review these before the APUSH exam.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases in USH

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Here is a list of some of the most significant SC cases in USH. Useful to review these before the AP exam.

Metacognitive Skills

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

I often encourage my students to be “metacognitive”. This short piece unpacks the term.

I like this idea: “In addition to its obvious cognitive components, metacognition often has important affective or personality components. For example, an important part of comprehension is approaching a reading task with the attitude that the topic is important and worth comprehending. Being aware of the importance of a positive attitude and deliberately fostering such an attitude is an example of a metacognitive skill.

Active Reading: Comprehension and Rate

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Reading Myths:

Active Reading Strategies:

Learning Links

A Classic Method for Studying Texts: SQ4R– University of Guelph

Active Reading Strategies– Princeton University

Rapid Reading – Cornell University

Concept Mapping – Cornell University

Guide to Reading Primary Sources – University of Pennsylvania


2011 APUSH Study Kit

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Thanks Mercado. Well Done.