European History

AP 593.100 | Online | Pamela Wolfe


This online course is designed to maximize the learner experience, providing relevant AP content and pedagogy through meaningful engagement – all focused on best practices for preparing your AP students for success. It will help teachers design an AP European History course and prepare students for the AP exam. Participants will have the chance to review the My AP Classroom Website with its Progress Checks, Dashboard, and other features. Analysis of the CED curriculum and the AP Exam will be a main focus of the course, along with learning to work with primary and secondary source documents. Participants will review the content, themes, and structure of the AP European History curriculum and focus on effective teaching strategies and learning activities that will lead to student success on the exam. Participants will analyze past AP exam questions and learn to rewrite them to reflect new course requirements and test question formats. The class will explore document based multiple-choice questions and short answer questions, as well as at the 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 will be placed on learning techniques for teaching these skills in the classroom to students of differing abilities.

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Pamela Wolfe

Pamela Wolfe

A teacher and department head at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD since 1980, Pamela Wolfe is now Humanities Division Head. She has been teaching AP European History for 33 years and has taught the AP Human Geography course since its inception in 2001. She served as an AP Reader for European History for 15 years and as a Table Leader for 6 years. She was on the AP Test Development Committee which writes the AP European History exams. She runs College Board programs in AP European History and AP Human Geography and teaches AP Summer Institutes for teachers in both subjects at schools such as Manhattan College, Goucher College, Rutgers University, University of South Florida, the College of William and Mary, and Penn State University. She has served as a consultant for textbook companies, reviewing and writing texts and online programs for AP students. She is co-author of Fast Track to a Five European History and is one of the AP authors for the Spielvogel Western Civilization textbook. Last year, she finished a Teachers’ Manual for European History and sets of AP- style test questions for the Bjelland Human Geography textbook.