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CROSSCURRENTS: Aristotle's Common Topics Meet the AP History Courses


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Dive deeper into CROSSCURRENTS! This companion website to CROSSCURRENTS goes beyond the textbook, offering a wealth of supplementary resources to sharpen your historical thinking skills and prepare you for exam success. Explore the videos referenced in CROSSCURRENTS alongside helpful links to AP History course information and exam resources. We're constantly expanding our toolkit, so sign up below to stay notified when fresh materials launch!

Supplemental Resources

Writing Introductions

Hook your readers and set the stage for your argument! Learn how to craft effective essay introductions with this guide, including a practice prompt and sample responses. Start writing stronger introductions today!

Writing Conclusions

Don't leave your reader hanging! Master the art of writing conclusions that effectively support your argument. This guide includes a practice prompt and sample responses. Craft compelling conclusions and solidify your essays!

Secondary Sources

Unlock the power of historical analysis! Learn how to interpret and use secondary sources, specifically historical monographs, with an annotated example. Become a pro at using secondary sources – explore this guide now!

The 4-Sentence Argument Template

Position your arguments with confidence! This essential tool helps you frame your arguments within existing historical interpretations and debates. Take your historical arguments to the next level – learn the 4-sentence template!

DBQ Body Paragraphs

Build rock-solid DBQ essays! This guide provides the blueprint for writing persuasive DBQ body paragraphs that analyze sources, integrate them seamlessly, and present a compelling argument. Write high-scoring DBQs – master the body paragraph formula!

Synthesizing Sources

Weave together a compelling and high-scoring response! Synthesis may no longer appear on the DBQ rubric, but you can still use the skill to strengthen the historical arguments in your DBQ essays. Learn how to combine sources to conquer the DBQ.

Teachers: Here's a PowerPoint you can use in class to accompany this resource.

The Art of Quoting


Sources of Different Types


Referenced Videos

From Chapter 4: Historian Niall Ferguson

Historian Niall Ferguson argues that today’s political polarization echoes the religious polarization of the Reformation. Both were brought about by technological disruption: The printing press, in the case of the Reformation; and the personal computer and internet, in the case of today.

From Niall Ferguson's Long Now Seminar “Networks and Power”

From Chapter 4: "The Battle of Aligers" Complete Film

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

Writers: Franco Solinas, Gillo Pontecorvo

Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi



Exam Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Course Overview

Course Framework PDF

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Exam Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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Course Framework PDF

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Exam Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Course Overview

Course Framework PDF

Additional Resources