AP Insight: U.S. History

A Road Map to AP Success

AP educators leveraged years of teaching experience, data, and student work to identify key challenge areas – the concepts and skills most foundational to success in college and AP U.S. History. Teachers use AP Insight to create a road map in their own syllabus, target challenge areas, and help students connect building blocks to master the course. 

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Strategically Focus Instruction

AP US History Overview of Challenge Areas

Themes

Challenge Areas

Flexible Building Blocks by Period

American and National Identity
Supporting Claims: CCOT Ethnicity and Assimilation
  1. 5 Purpose/POV/Audience: Antebellum Nativism
  2. 6 Limitations: CCOT Agency and Assimilation
  1. 7 Counterclaims: CCOT WWII African American Identity
  2. 8 Transitions: CCOT Post-1965 National Identity
Politics and Power
Developing Claims: CCOT Economic Reform Movements
  1. 4 Thesis and Claims: CCOT and Early Industrialization
  2. 6 Tying Evidence to Thesis: CCOT and Labor Strategies
  1. 6 Tying Evidence to Thesis: CCOT and Populism
  2. 7 Linking Evidence to Claims: CCOT and Progressivism
Supporting Claims: CCOT and Political Parties
  1. 3 Unpack Arguments: The Origins of Party
  2. 4 Tying Evidence to Thesis: Second Party System
  1. 7 Comparing Arguments: CCOT to New Deal Coalition
  2. 8 Argument Development: CCOT of Postwar Parties
Argumentation: Causation and Popular Movements
  1. 4 Developing a Claim: Causation and Antebellum Reform
  2. 8 Argumentation: Causation and Civil Rights Movement
  1. 8 Argumentation: Causation and Activist Groups
  2. 9 Argumentation: Causation and Conservative Movement
Work, Exchange, and Technology
Limitations: Context and Government Role in Economy
  1. 4 Limitations: Contextualizing Market Revolution
  2. 6 Counterclaims: Context and Gilded Age Economics
  1. 7 Counterclaims: Context and the Progressive Era
  2. 7 Contextualizing the New Deal
Culture and Society
Supporting Claims: Context and Regional Identities
  1. 2 Analyzing Context: Creating Race-Based Slavery
  2. 4 Extended Analysis: Slavery and Sectionalism
  1. 5 Tying Evidence to Thesis: Reconstruction and Identity
  2. 6 Argument Development: Contextualization and Sharecropping
Migration and Settlement
Argumentation: Cause and Effect 20th Century Migration
  1. 7 Quantitative Evidence: Causes of Great Migration
  2. 7,8   Support Claims: Causes of 2nd Great Migration
  1. 8 Counterclaims: Causes of Postwar Suburbanization
  2. 9 Linking Evidence to Thesis: The Rise of the Sun Belt
Geography and the Environment
Develop Claims: Effects of Competition for Resources
  1. 1 Analyzing Arguments: Geography and Empire Building
  2. 3 Thesis: Causation and American Indian Alliances
  1. 5 Linking Claims: Effects of Expansionism
America and the World
Primary Sources: Compare Intercultural Relationships
  1. 1 Aud/Purp: Compare Cultural Responses to Europeans
  2. 2 Aud/POV: Compare Colonial Systems and Native Responses
  1. 2 Aud/Purp: Compare Native Responses to Colonization
  2. 3 Arg/POV: Compare Natives' Shifting Balance of Power
Interpretation: Periodizing U.S. Foreign Policy
  1. 3 Analyzing Claims: Characterizing Early Diplomacy
  2. 4 Analyzing Claims: Periodizing U.S. Expansionism
  1. 5 Evaluating Claims: Turning Points—U.S. Expansion
  2. 7 Interpretation: Turning Points—U.S. Intervention

 

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