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Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History- Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Critical thinking skills are crucial when studying any subject matter, but with detailed instruction, this chapter helps you develop and apply those skills to AP US history material. Our subject-matter experts combined essential critical thinking components into short, engaging video lessons with self-assessment opportunities at the end of each section. The lessons in this chapter will teach you skills such as:
- Different types of research
- How to analyze text and draw conclusions
- Identifying fact from persuasion and opinion
- Using textual evidence to interpret informational text
- Determining an argument's effectiveness and validity
- Organizing history by using maps, periodization and calendars
|Primary & Secondary Research: Definitions, Differences & Methods||Explore types of research and when to use which.|
|How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text||Determine the purpose of the text.|
|Interpreting Works in Context||Look at strategies for interpreting works in different contexts.|
|Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction||Differentiate factual evidence from methods of persuasion.|
|Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works||Identify differences between assumptions, biases and stereotypes.|
|How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity||Learn the parts of an argument to determine its validity and effectiveness.|
|How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past||Explore how historical theories work together to explain past events.|
|Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events from Diverse Perspectives||See how various perspectives interpret historical issues and events differently.|
|Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational Text||Tips for reading informational texts to decipher textual evidence.|
|What is Inference?-How to Infer Intended Meaning||Discuss steps to make inferences and determine intended meaning.|
|Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection||Learn how to effectively draw conclusions from text.|
|Historical Change: Causes and Effects||Examine factors that cause historical change and how those changes are perceived.|
|Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization||Use of calendars, maps and periodization as organizational tools for history.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization
In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.
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Other chapters within the AP US History: Exam Prep course
- Early Civilizations of America
- North American Colonial Settlement by Europeans
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution Overview
- Creation of the United States Post-American Revolution
- The Virginia Dynasty & Jacksonian Democracy Overview
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America
- Overview of Westward Expansion
- Buildup to the American Civil War
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
- Social Issues of the Progressive Era (1900-1917)
- American Imperialism & World War I
- America in the 1920s (1920-1929)
- The Great Depression & New Deal (1929-1940)
- Significant Events of World War II
- World Events & Politics After World War II (1946-1959)
- Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
- Overview of Civil Rights & Other Movements
- Changes in the Modern United States
- Recent American History & Politics
- AP U.S. History: Test-Taking Skills and Prep
- Essay Writing Overview
- AP US History Flashcards
- Important Events Leading to the American Revolution