The Applied Practice Resource Guide for World War II is an effective tool for
teachers preparing students for the Advanced Placement exam. The series is not
affiliated with the College Entrance Examination Board, which produces the AP
tests. It is representative of other books in the Applied
Practice U.S. Historyseries.
The guide includes eighty multiple-choice questions with detailed explanations for each question. There are also four free-response questions and one document-based question done in a format similar to the AP U.S. History exam. Applied
Practice provides extensive resources for teaching the document-based question, including sample documents and graphic organizers to help students think through how to structure their answers.
Portions of the guide are reproducible for classroom handouts. Items that may not be reproduced are clearly marked. The sample questions and answer keys are followed by information sheets and essay outline graphic organizers for the free response questions. Graphic organizers provide a structured way to help students think through complex questions or problems. The parent teacher may want to adapt this approach to her child's own thinking strategies, since graphic organizers by nature are not a "rapid outlining" approach a student would use in a timed essay.
Sample pages from the series can be downloaded from Applied Practice's website
This is a good service to potential users, and it can help when deciding if the
content and price are a good value for their homeschool or co-op. The series
appears to be suitable for use in a co-op setting, with clear and readable teaching
resources. Reproducible content is also useful for larger classes.
The workbook is comb-bound, and the binding on our sample was very fragile. The advantage of comb binding is that it allows the material to lie flat on the table or desk. However, given how heavily the resource will be used, removing the binding and putting the text in a three-ring binder can allow the pages to lie flat while protecting them from wear and tear.
Parents looking for an effective test preparation strategy for AP tests should consider the Applied
Practice series. As noted above, it's best to "test drive" one or more samples from the Applied