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AP® Biology

For new and experienced AP teachers

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Biology curriculum.
  • Develop activities, assessments and laboratory investigations that engage students in acting and thinking like scientists, drawing from the Curriculum Framework and AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach
  • Implement strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP exam
  • Develop or revise a syllabus to align with course requirements

Workshop materials

Each participant will receive a copy of the Workshop Handbook and Resources, which contains:

  • AP Biology Course and Exam Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Biology and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Biology Practice Exam
  • AP Biology free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines, and commentary)

Participants will also receive:

  • Teacher's Lab Manual (electronic copy)

Curriculum Module: Exploring Plasmodium Evolution

This curriculum module is designed to help instructors and students recognize and use evolutionary patterns to reason about biological phenomena. It includes three multiple-day lessons that are organized around the topic of malarial disease biology and the skill of understanding comparative analysis. Lessons focus on applying evolutionary reasoning to malaria at different levels of biological organization, from ecological interactions to organismal biology to cellular structure and function. The curriculum module includes data sets, student activity handouts and answer keys, and a list of additional resources that complement the content of the lessons.

  • Lesson 1: Exploring Plasmodium Evolution in Apes
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Phylogenetic Analysis
  • Lesson 3: Studying Plasmodium Evolution
  • Summative Assessment

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.