Ch 30: Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History chapter of this AP US History: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master critical thinking skills for AP US history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the fundamentals of critical thinking skills as applied to AP US history.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP US history critical thinking skills material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn these critical thinking skills. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to develop critical thinking skills for AP US history
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn how to develop critical thinking skills in AP US history
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a critical thinking skills unit of a standard AP US history course. Topics covered include:

  • Definitions and differences between primary and secondary research methods
  • Determining the purpose of a text
  • Using context to interpret meaning
  • Nonfiction use of persuasion, fact and informed opinion
  • Analyzing text for biases, stereotypes and assumptions
  • Determining the validity and effectiveness of an argument
  • Interpreting the past based on historical theories
  • Analyzing historical issues and events based on various perspectives
  • Interpreting informational texts using textual evidence
  • Using inference to discover intended meaning
  • Drawing conclusions from a reading selection
  • Causes and effects of historical change
  • Using maps, calendars and periodization to organize history

13 Lessons in Chapter 30: Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History: Help and Review
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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