High5 AP is a dynamic test generator, digital classroom, and course facilitation tool for AP US History teachers. Teachers can use High5 AP to structure their course, get instructional ideas, design and carry out their test prep plan, and help prepare their students to perform at their best every May.
Written by veteran AP US History teachers, and shaped by their decades of experience in the classroom, High5 AP allows teachers to create assessments and assign them to their students. From there, students can take those assessments online, getting instant feedback on their multiple choice questions. Teachers see the grading and results an instant later. It’s the time-tested authority of experience married to the sleek utility of today’s cloud-based learning tools—and the first product for history educators to do so.
The massive question bank features over 1,800 multiple choice questions spanning the entire testing period of the AP exam, plus more than 40 DBQs and more than 200 of the new Short Answer type questions, appearing on the AP US History exam for the first time in May 2015. The entire question bank has also been tagged with one of the nine Historical Thinking Skills that play a big role in the new test. That way, students and teachers alike get a question-by-question breakdown on how they’re doing on their historical skills.
High5 AP is dedicated to the memory of John A. Braithwaite (1934–2013) and Gordon P. Utz (1946–2013)
Mr. Braithwaite and Mr. Utz were veteran AP US History teachers, exam readers, authors, and leaders in their community of scholar-educators. Their careers, spanning a combined 70 years, touched and influenced scores of fellow APUSH teachers across the country. For their expertise, skill, leadership, warmth, and collegiality, they will be sorely missed.
John A. Braithwaite was a veteran US history teacher, scholar, author, and teacher educator. He not only taught AP US History for years in Salt Lake City and southern California, but also served as a Table Leader for the APUSH exam for more than 20 years.
Upon earning BA and MA degrees in history from Brigham Young University, Braithwaite began his long career in teaching in the Orange County area of southern California. He taught at several high schools and community colleges in the area, teaching AP Government and Politics, AP Humanities, and AP English courses in addition to his specialty. In AP US History, Braithwaite taught from the beginning, and built up his credentials over the years as a mentor to his students and a leader in the APUSH field. He very quickly accumulated a busy docket of consulting and leading teacher workshops during the summer months.
Braithwaite won numerous teaching awards during this period, including Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards from Santiago High School, Connelly High School for Girls, Fountain Valley High School, Coastline Community College, and Santa Margarita High School. Additionally, he was awarded the Frederick Emmons Terman Award by Stanford University, as well as the Award for Excellence in Education in American Politics by the National Committee for Educational Television. He was also named Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year by the University of Chicago and also by Johns Hopkins University.
Later in life, Braithwaite relocated to his native Utah, continuing to teach in the Salt Lake City and Ogden areas. He also taught online courses at schools in Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland, and New York. John Braithwaite passed away at his home in Kaysville, Utah on December 21, 2013.
Gordon P. Utz was a beloved teacher, mentor, and coach in in the Houston, Texas area for more than 30 years. He earned a bacherlor’s degree and did graduate work at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In 1979, Utz began a long and storied career at Stratford High School. Anchoring the history department there for decades, Utz also worked closely with the school’s football program mentoring dozens of students over the years both on and off the field.
Susan Pojer has been teaching history and computer courses for over 39 years (AP European and AP American History for more than half of that time) and is currently working at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY. Susan has a BA in European history from the College of New Rochelle, has done graduate work at Columbia University in Middle Eastern Studies, and finished her MA in European history from New York University.
She has written multiple choice questions and DBQs for the NY State Global Studies Regents exams, and been on the committee that put together the January exams. Pojer was named “Secondary social studies Teacher of the Year” in 1994 by the Westchester Council for the social studies. Since 1998, she has created and maintained a nationally respected web site of over 1,000 pages at www.historyteacher.net and a second site, www.pptpalooza.net, that is a storehouse of PowerPoints in European, American, and world history.
Joseph Bosley has taught history and social studies in the Baltimore County Public School system for the past 30 years. He currently teachers AP US History at Hereford High School in Parkton, Maryland, where his students earn an 87 percent passing rate on the AP exam. Bosley has served as a reader for the AP exam for the past nine years, and begun serving as a Table Leader two years ago. Bosley also helps to train other AP US History teachers as co-director of the Bryn Mawr US History Summer Institute in Baltimore.
Chad R. Zwolinski received his BA in History and his MA in teaching from Oakland University. He currently works at Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he teaches AP US History and Sociology while serving as district teacher leader for US History. Chad's first love has always been AP US History, preparing to teach the class since he was a student in the course in 11th grade. He has been instrumental in preparing the new curriculum for his district and has been recognized for his passion and success in the subject. Chad lives in Michigan with his wife Lindsey, his son Jude, and is expecting another child early next year.
David Carpenter received his MA in American History from Brigham Young University. He has taught United States History for 23 years and AP US History for 18 at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. He also teaches history through BYU Independent Study and is the author of Jens Nielson, Bishop of Bluff, published by BYU Studies.
The following history teachers lent their critical eye to both the content and the development process of High5 AP.
MaryCatharine Bailey received her MA from American Military University in History and her BS in Education from The University of Texas at Tyler. Bailey has taught junior high, high school, and at a junior college in Texas, and has served as a Teacher Advisor for the Dallas Holocaust Museum. In 2011–2012, Bailey was namedDistrict Secondary Teacher of the Year for Mt. Pleasant ISD. Mary and her husband, Bob, have 4 children and enjoy traveling and Civil War reenacting.
Patricia Brosnan Patricia Brosnan is a New York State Certified 7–12 social studies educator. She has been teaching social studies at Westhampton Beach High School on the east end of Long Island for the past fourteen years. Prior to that, Brosnan taught middle and high school at several Long Island school districts. In addition to Advanced Placement United States History, she has taught every required New York State social studies course grade 7-12. She also serves as an adjunct professor for Syracuse University. Brosnan has presented at New York State Council for the social studies annual conference, serves as the chair of the executive board of the Teacher Center of the Western Hamptons. She also develops and conducts professional development workshops for teachers. Brosnan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education from the University of New York at Albany, and a Masters of Liberal Studies and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in School District Leadership from Stony Brook University.
Jania Hoover teaches AP US History at the South Atlanta School of Computer Animation and Design in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jeffery C. Eargle is the social studies department chair at Spring Hill High School in the Lexington-Richland School District Five in South Carolina. In addition to teaching AP US History, he has taught AP Human Geography, AP World History, and AP European History. Eargle has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching US history courses at Newberry College and facilitating a Holocaust Education course at Columbia College. A National Board Certified Teacher, Eargle holds a BA in history and a MAT in secondary education from the University of South Carolina, and is currently a doctoral candidate there in Teaching & Learning.
Eargle works to advance social studies instruction, frequently presenting and conducting workshops and conferences at the district, state, and national levels. He often serves on state-level committees and is the author of several scholarly articles on social studies education. Eargle was named the 2010 South Carolina “Preserve America” History Teacher of the Year by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and a 2011-2012 South Carolina Teacher of the Year Finalist by the SC Department of Education.
Steve Klurfeld teaches AP US History, AP Micro-, and AP Macro Economics at Bronxville High School in Bronxville, New York.
Barry Leonard has been teaching in Graves County High School, in Mayfield, Kentucky, for 15 of his 16 years as a teacher. He received an associate’s degree at Paducah Community College, a bachelor’s in history at Murray State University, and a master’s in education from Murray State University, and earned his National Board teacher certification in 2005. He has worked on numerous state education committees in literacy for social studies, curriculum, assessments, and standards development, and most recently aided in the development of the national C3 framework for social studies. Leonard also led the Kentucky social studies Teacher network for three years, developing curriculum, lessons and assessments. Leonard teaches AP Government, AP US History and a variety of other history and social science courses. Leonard regularly attends and presents at both national and state history and social studies conferences. He loves reading, especially historical fiction, collecting antiques, and traveling.
John C. Moffi received his Bachelors of Arts in Education from Florida Atlantic University, and his Masters of Science from Nova Southeastern University. In his career, he has taught both middle and senior high school students, has helped to create the nationally recognized Dial-A-Teacher Homework Assistance Program, and produced award-winning instructional education programs at WLRN Public Television. In a career spanning over thirty years, it is in the classroom where Moffi has found his greatest satisfaction. Of all the things he has ever done, there is no greater calling than being a classroom teacher.
Matt Rose is a teacher at Spring Hill High School in Chapin, South Carolina.
Rosemarie Sandground is a social studies teacher at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, New York.
Nelson Schroeder received a BA in Secondary Social Studies Education and a MA in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Schroeder is currently the Social Studies Department Chair and AP US History instructor at Sterling High School in Sterling, Colorado. He has been teaching there since the fall of 1992. Schroeder has taught adjunct classes in US history at the junior college level, as well as teacher education and licensing courses at the University level. Schroeder has been teaching AP US History for 12 years, has been serving as a AP US History exam reader for the College Board for the past eight years, and as a Table Leader for the past four. Schroeder is also a member of his district technology committee, and a district trainer for Promethean ActivBoards and ActivInspire software. he has presented during the Best Practices Night events during the AP Reading summits on how to design and use lessons using ActivInspire and ActivBoards. He lives in Sterling, Colorado.
Leigh Sullivan is a teacher at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Arkansas.
Scott Szevery is a teacher and department chairperson at Marquette High School in Chesterfield, Missouri.