I started putting together my United States History review packets and thought I would share the process in which I review for a major state exam. I designed my review packets with a simple idea that my students do NOT need 400 vocabulary words or 25 pages of a review packet to study for a major assessment. If it comes down to review let’s stress the down and dirty simple terms, concepts, and big ideas of each unit.
Review Handouts on Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s
Here are my Review Handouts on EACH chapter of AP Government
Here are my Cartoon Review Handouts with a Short Answer Question and a Multiple Choice Question
Review Guides and Multiple Choice
The review guides listed above are simple, visually appealing, and will be easy to review before a major exam. I also do extensive multiple choice review with both my Regent’s United States History course and my AP Government course. I go beyond the simple and straight forward multiple choice answer—> I have my students write one detail next to every multiple choice question that they know or researched beyond the question or answers. They then come to class ready to share their “detail or fact.” In essence they are creating an alternative study guide sharing facts and information beyond the simple multiple choice question.
I also like to mix up review sessions with “game day” or “Fun Friday’s.” I play a variety of games from digital games such as Infuse Learning, Socrative, and Password; to old school games such as reviewing questions and drawing on a white board. I also have “Thematic Thursday’s” where we focus on thematic essay topics comparing two topics in one essay.
These are just a few of the ways I review for major state exams. I hope you enjoyed reading and contribute to my blog post prompt.