Ch 27: Critical Thinking Skills: AP US History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Critical Thinking Skills chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach text analysis of United States history in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Critical Thinking Skills chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayTypes of research articles; analyzing text purposeDifferences in primary and secondary research; primary purposes; finding purpose in writing samples
TuesdayUnderstanding contexts, fact vs. opinion and biases Historical, biographical, linguistic and reader context; differences between fact, persuasion and informed opinion; recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in text
WednesdayAnalyzing arguments; historical theories; diverse perspectivesDetermining the validity and effectiveness of an argument; differing historical theories and how they work together to provide viewpoints; evaluating history from diverse perspectives
ThursdayTextual evidence and interpretation; drawing conclusionsExploring informational texts and gathering textual evidence; making inferences in literature; drawing conclusions from textual evidence
FridayHistorical change; organizing historyCause and effect relating to historical change through different classifications; organizing history using calendars, maps and periodization

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: Critical Thinking Skills: AP US History Lesson Plans
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Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

1. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

2. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

Interpreting Works in Context

3. Interpreting Works in Context

In this lesson, we will learn how to interpret a written work in its context. We will explore the historical context, biographical context, context of language and form, and context of the reader.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

4. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

5. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works

In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

6. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

7. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

8. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.

Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

9. Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text

In this lesson, we will explore informational texts. Along the way, we will discover a few tips to make reading this type of text easier, and we will pay special attention to textual evidence.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

10. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

11. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

12. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

13. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.

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