Ch 22: Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History

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Gain critical thinking skills for AP US history with informative video lessons covering research methods, analyzing text and drawing conclusions, among other topics. Check for material comprehension by completing short quizzes at the end of each lesson or ask our expert instructors any questions on the material.

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

VideoObjective
Primary & Secondary Research: Definitions, Differences & MethodsExplore types of research and when to use which.
How to Analyze the Purpose of a TextDetermine the purpose of the text.
Interpreting Works in ContextLook at strategies for interpreting works in different contexts.
Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in NonfictionDifferentiate factual evidence from methods of persuasion.
Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written WorksIdentify differences between assumptions, biases and stereotypes.
How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & ValidityLearn the parts of an argument to determine its validity and effectiveness.
How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the PastExplore how historical theories work together to explain past events.
Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events from Diverse PerspectivesSee how various perspectives interpret historical issues and events differently.
Textual Evidence & Interpreting an Informational TextTips for reading informational texts to decipher textual evidence.
What is Inference?-How to Infer Intended MeaningDiscuss steps to make inferences and determine intended meaning.
Drawing Conclusions from a Reading SelectionLearn how to effectively draw conclusions from text.
Historical Change: Causes and EffectsExamine factors that cause historical change and how those changes are perceived.
Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & PeriodizationUse of calendars, maps and periodization as organizational tools for history.

14 Lessons in Chapter 22: Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History
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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.

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

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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