World History

Course Description:
Within this four-day institute, participants will preview and review the World History College Board Course and Exam Description with an eye to the new changes in scope that will begin in 2019-20. Participants will have all the necessary information to successfully begin an Advanced Placement World History course. They will also learn how to incorporate student-centered Problem-Based learning (PBL) pedagogy into units and experience what a PBL classroom in AP World history looks like. In addition to course coverage, ideas and tips for beginning and planning a new course will be shared by the instructor.

Items Participant Should Bring:
1. A copy of their school’s textbook, if available
2. A school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year
3. A laptop or notepad for sharing and creating lessons

Course Schedule: 

Day 1-AM Using a PBL case study (the Diplomacy Challenge) to learn the new course framework & historical thinking skills
What does PBL in AP World look like?
Philosophy of PBL & linking PBL to Key Concepts & relevant topics
How PBL connects to equity
Introductions -Who are we as a group?

Day 1-PM Historical Thinking Skills 2 & 3: Sourcing and Situation, Source Claims & Evidence
Using 4 Level Analysis
Role of Documents as “Intelligence”
Understanding by Design-Exploring the new Course and Exam Description (CED)

Day 2-AM Reviewing the historical thinking skills and reasoning processes
Teaching Short Answer
Linking PBL images & docs to Short Answer & MC Qs
Introducing-The Personal Progress Checks On-line resources for formative assessment
Historical Thinking Skill-Making Connections-Comparison

Day 2 PM Writing the LEQ-Linking PBL activity to historical thinking skills and essay writing
Teaching to Achieve Complexity
Historical Thinking Skill: Argumentation
LEQ-Scoring the samples

Day 3-AM Equity and the new fall registration policy
PBL & the DBQ
Historical Thinking Skills-Making Connections: Causation, CCOT
The DBQ-Scoring the samples
Parliamentary Debate Activity

Day 3-PM Building complexity-the role of rebuttal and opposition research from PBL in essay writing
Writing the LEQ
Debrief Parliamentary Debate
Limits of PBL
Foundations for creating a PBL Unit/sub unit

Day 4-AM Creating a PBL Unit & Assessments
Debrief draft unit ideas/roles

Day 4-PM Linking assessment to PBL
Becoming a member of the AP Community
Debrief/share unit assessments
Wrap up


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184

Instructor Biography

Originally from Long Island, Rob Hallock has been teaching AP World in Bellevue, WA for over 14 years and has served as an AP exam reader for 10 years. Rob has a passion for making world history hands-on and engaging for his students and uses a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy to do this. He co-authored a College Board Curriculum Pacing and Planning Guide for AP World History that focuses on using PBL and has presented at the National Council of the Social Studies annual conference, the Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference, the Washington State Social Studies Conference and elsewhere. His PBL units have been published by EdSITEment (the website of the National Endowment for the Humanities), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, and in Social Education. When not teaching, Rob enjoys learning about the places he teaches about and has travelled as a Summer Fulbright Fellow to Oman, Zanzibar and Ecuador. He received his Master in Teaching from the University of Washington in 2004. Rob was National Board-certified in 2008 and renewed in 2018.