European History

AP 593.103 | Online | Ken LeSage


This session will help teachers design an AP European History course and prepare their students for the AP exam. Analysis of the CED and the redesigned curriculum effective 2017 and test will be a main focus of the course. Participants will have the chance to navigate through My AP Website with its Progress Checks, Dashboard, and other features. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the redesigned AP European History curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to success on the exam. Participants will analyze past AP exam questions and learn to rewrite them for use in their own classrooms which reflect new course requirements. The class will look at new multiple-choice questions, short answers, DBQ and LEQ rubrics. Review of the four major time periods and thinking skills emphasized on the AP test will occur while participants plan their own course syllabi and create test questions in line with the major themes of the course. Emphasis is put on learning techniques for teaching these skills in the classroom to students of differing abilities.


Ken LeSage

Ken LeSage

Ken LeSage is a certified College Board consultant with 28 years of teaching experience at Lewis-Palmer High School. Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, this public school is the only one in the state of Colorado to be awarded the distinction of being on the AP honor roll for four consecutive years. He has 23 years of experience teaching AP European History. He has been a Reader for 20 years of the European History Exam. He has served as a Table Lead for the Short Answer Questions since their implementation. Ken uses his extensive global travels and his Professional Learning Communities to keep his content up to date and his teaching style accessible and relevant. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master’s in Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.