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PHOENIX DESERT AP® SUMMER INSTITUTE 
Tucson Institute Class Descriptions

TUCSON INSTITUTE  - TUCSON HIGH MAGNET SCHOOL
400 N. 2nd Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85742
JUNE 18-21, 2019 (Tuesday through Friday)

 AP* CALCULUS AB: Presenter - Connie Rigney
Connie is an old school pencil & paper kind of gal. She thinks four colors of markers is high tech. SO, there will be 
old school instruction from the front of the room, at least part of the time. The vast majority of the session, participants 
will be working with partners or small groups in the class. Participants should bring their calculators and internet 
active devices for activities throughout the workshop. 
Throughout the four days, we will discuss several topics, following College Board outlines, and also chosen by the 
participants. A foundation of familiarity with the the Calculus Curriculum Framework, with emphasis of the six 
mathematical practices for AP Calculus will be our basis. Particular attention will be paid to L’Hospital’s Rule and 
using Theorems and Definitions for verifying conclusions. The College Board is launching a new set of resources 
this year, and we will be taking time to introduce the materials. Other topics may include common AP style problems:
 function analysis, position/velocity/acceleration, area/volume, rate in/rate out, differential equations and others. How 
problems have typically been scored will be emphasized, so that students can earn the maximum number of points
 available.
While I have many materials and resources printed and available electronically, participants are also professionals, and welcome to bring and discuss favorite activities, strategies and practices. This workshop is a chance for participants to build relationships with local teachers, and to share resources and activities that have been successful. We will create a Google Drive with resources to be shared and used throughout the year. 

AP* ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION: Presenter - Sharon Johnston
This workshop for new and experienced teachers will review materials, course outlines, content-related handouts,     
student samples, and scoring guidelines that focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that 
you can use in the classroom.
After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
    Align your instruction with the goals of the AP English Language and Composition course.
    Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students 
    might need more preparation.
    Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.
    Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

AP* ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION: Presenter - Terry Caruso
This class is designed to be user friendly for the new AP® teacher, but will also focus on the needs of 
experienced teachers. Teachers will consider the long range vision of their class and refine and reflect on their ideas 
for the upcoming year.
Objectives
To understand the diverse possibilities for teaching an AP® class
To recognize basic components of AP® class and AP® test
To develop curriculum to integrate the components of the class to the needs and resources of an individual class.
Please bring any materials that you have been working on for class, to share and discuss and/or work on during 
the class.
Readings discussed:
In Search of Authority by Stephen Bonnycastle
Metamorphosis by Kafka Bantam Books ISBN 0-553-21369-5
Book of choice any novel that you will use in the class or have thought
about using in class.
Consider the questions below for this class. What is your experience with literature as a student, a reader, and a 
teacher?
    What do (have) you loved about studying literature?
    What do you think/feel/believe about studying literature? Or art, in general?
    What outcomes do you have for the students in the AP® class, both in terms of knowledge and skills?



AP* ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE:  Presenter- Scott Sowell
This institute will focus on teaching strategies and curriculum resources that align with the content of 
AP Environmental Science. We will be working through several labs and activities, so it will be a very 
hands-on and engaging few days. We will pay special attention to ways of strengthening specific skills 
necessary for students to be successful in the course, such as dimensional analysis, graphical 
representations of data, FRQ writing, and generating explanations from empirical evidence. Our goal is 
to leave the institute with not only a more complete understanding of the APES course content, but also 
with a more robust pedagogical toolbox.



AP EUROPEAN HISTORY:  Presenter - Kenneth LeSage
















AP* U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: Presenter - Dennis Randall
This workshop for new and experienced teachers will review materials, course outlines, content-related handouts,
 student samples, and scoring guidelines that focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that 
you can use in the classroom.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
      Design and implement an AP U.S. Government and Politics course.
      Develop activities and assessments to build students’ proficiencies in the disciplinary practices and reasoning 
      processes.
      Implement strategies to prepare your students for the AP Exam.
      Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
      Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.


AP* SPANISH LITERATURE & CULTURE: Presenter:  Sandra Franco
This workshop covers the structure of the AP® Spanish Literature & Culture Exam: reading comprehension of the 
required reading list, listening comprehension, poetry analysis, literary vocabulary, and essay writing. Discussions 
will include class curriculum and the school support needed to create and maintain a strong AP®Spanish program. 
Successful strategies and teaching methods for different types of students (native speakers, non-native speakers, 
large or small classes) will be addressed, as well as those student skills that need to be reinforced on a regular 
basis. Time will be devoted to analyzing and reviewing sample texts, and detailed information regarding the grading 
system will be given. 


AP* U.S. HISTORY:  Presenter, Tim Hudenburg
This workshop for new and experienced teachers reviews course materials and outlines, content-related handouts, student samples, and scoring guidelines that focus on pedagogical techniques and content-specific strategies that you can use in the classroom.
After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
    Design and implement an AP U.S. History course.
    Develop activities and assessments to build students’ proficiencies in the historical thinking skills.
    Implement strategies to prepare your students for the AP Exam.
    Devise or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements.
    Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.




AP* WORLD HISTORY: Presenter - Leslie Keeney
This 4-day course is designed for new and experienced AP World History teachers. Participants will review College Board policies and materials in order to decide how best to organize their courses, pace the materials in the time allotted and address the concerns of equity and access. Participants will explore the most recent revisions for the 2020 AP World History exam.
OBJECTIVES
APSI World History Participants Will:
Review the AP World History exam in order to understand its structure and content
Learn how to assess student performance in a manner that reflects the most recent AP reading
Consider how best to approach the teaching of skills and content necessary to be successful on the 
APWH exam
Analyze the exam skills and tasks and use that to inform the sequencing of their course
Expand their repertoire of successful teaching lessons and activities
Understand the College Board mission of Access and Equity; consider how to make equitable access a guiding 
principle when designing instruction
Expand their knowledge of print and on-line resources for the AP World History Course
Design or enhance their AP World History syllabi and instruction (depending on experience) to meet the curricular 
requirements of the course



Day 1
Historical thinking skills and the AP®EH course
Developing Student Understanding 
Understanding Thematic Learning Objectives 
Exploring Concept Outline 
Planning Your Course 
Causation
​Day 2
Continuity and Change over Time 
Comparison
Contextualization
Argument Development 
Analyzing Primary Sources 


Day 3
Analyzing Secondary Sources 
Sequencing and the AP®EH course 
Strategies for Teaching the Course 

Day 4
Unit Development 
Assessing Student Understanding 
Curricular Requirements and Syllabus Development