Here’s my latest batch of Stimulus Based multiple choice for the new AP Exam. I’m going to level with you – these are still really difficult to write. With the way the AP structures their questions, the possible answers are very restrictive. To write proper questions, the answers really need to be embedded within the key concepts. Therefore, one cannot just use random questions that happen to be associated with a document. The question should be written in a specific way, and the answers should be written with very specific wording. Each set of these stimulus based questions has taken me about 40 to 60 hours to total to write – at least! Really, I don’t want to know how much time I’ve devoted – I’ve stopped counting.
I finally finished my most recent test bank of multiple choice questions. These questions can be used to test period 1 and 2 of the new APUSH exam. Check them out, and let me know what you think! You can find them on my teacherspayteachers store at the following link – APUSH Period 1 and Period 2 Stimulus Based Multiple Choice Short Answer Test.
Last year I attended a workshop by Rick Wormlei. Over the years I’ve been a teacher, I’ve developed a hesitancy and “leeriness”of any and all workshop presenters. I’ve been to enough bad workshops over the years, and sometimes, they were just awful.
I recently published another set of Stimulus Based Multiple Choice for AP U.S. History. This set is designed for Period 9. Please check them out on TpT, and let me know what you think through feedback. I will be publishing many more for the 2016-2017 year, so check back for more!
I’ve published my first set of stimulus based multiple choice. This set has 40 multiple choice questions, 4 short answer questions, and they’re all based on the key concepts for period 8. Check them out at this location – APUSH – Period 8 – Stimulus Based Multiple Choice – Test Questions – Test Bank. Please, let me know what you think, and leave feedback!
When the new AP exam was released, one of my most immediate frustrations was the lack of available test questions. They released one exam (which was then released to the public), and other test questions were released very slowly. As part of my frustration, I decided that I would need to write my own question to make up for the lack available.
Social Studies education has undergone (and is still going through) a revolution in teaching practices. The idea of teaching History through the authentic process of inquiry has completely revived my curriculum and my approach in the classroom. I’ve found my students to be more involved and engaged, and simply more interested. The inquiry process works particularly well with the middle school age. These students are naturally self centered, so they love to express and argue their own viewpoint.
This past June, PBS aired a documentary titled “First Peoples.” Though it was the end of the year, I noticed that one of the sections of the video – The First Americans – dovetailed nicely with one of NYS teaching standards for Social Studies from the new Social Studies framework – specifically:
Ever since Lin-Manuel Miranda released his first song from Hamilton the musical, I’ve been using his songs in my classroom to teach History. With the release of the full soundtrack this past fall, I was instantly envisioning new ways to incorporate the songs from the musical within my class. I love all of the songs, however, I’m obviously most attracted to those that relate to seventh grade Social Studies. This led me to the cabinet battles. They’re fun, catchy, and they sneakily teach about rather dry topics like the assumption of state debt and the Neutrality Proclamation.