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Advanced Placement®—Social Studies

Grades 9–12

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Prepare Students for Success
  • Consistently updated and modeled after the most current AP® course and exam descriptions, AP® editions provide scaffolded instruction, high-quality primary sources, guided inquiry, rich content, and multiple practice opportunities—all necessary for success on the AP® exam.
  • Students will learn to think critically, evaluate sources, and develop coherent arguments—skills required in college, career, and civic life.

Detailed Alignment to College Board Frameworks

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  • Written and reviewed by College Board consultants and award-winning instructors, our materials meticulously cover the entire course scope and expectations in the proper sequence and within a concise narrative.

Making AP® Accessible to ALL Students

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  • Each text is carefully written and designed to ensure all students comprehend key ideas, learn and use concept vocabulary, and build their analytical and writing skills.
Scaffolded Learning Tasks
  • AMSCO® curriculum builds capacity, without sacrificing rigor, and supports students in developing the content knowledge and skills necessary to be successful.
  • In early chapters, guiding questions accompany primary sources to build a particular analytical skill.
  • Initial inquiry and essay tasks are designed to be narrow in scope, allowing students to master smaller skills first.
  • Instruction and tasks to develop disciplinary practices and reasoning skills move from simple to complex as students gain competence.
Streamlined Content
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