The questions this year have in been invaluable! Thank you so much for all you have done. Some questions have helped give me additional, high quality material for my tests, others have given me good areas to review some of the specifics I have forgotten…or never knew! I think next year I will also forward to my students. I will miss my daily email this summer.
West Essex High School
I honestly think all these questions were FANTASTIC. They were exactly in line with the pace of my AP class and the perfect level of difficulty. I learned tons of new information/information that I did not previously understand from this, and I appreciate it greatly. Thank you so much for doing this it is absolutely perfect. I hope the classes of the following years partake in these daily questions and learn as much from them as I did.
Thank you so much for the Question of the day that you made available to so many people. I used them each class as a bell-ringer/discussion starter. They were extremely helpful in reviewing the material for my APUSH students.
I have actually used the Charts and Outlines page that you put up for you students to create notes for my students both in junior high school and high school. They are some of the most thorough materials I have found.
Thank you again!!
I love the questions and thank you for your service to the larger AP U.S. History community. Here at Piedmont (AL) High School, we use the questions in a opening activity format as well as we make quizzes out with them. Additionally, I used many of your charts and graphic organizers in my class... They are a big help too.
Piedmont High School
Thank you so much for your amazing dedication to our profession. I have been using your questions for two years now. Every year I encourage my students to join your list serv. I use your questions as review for Unit exams and compile them into power points the students can access from our school website. They are very helpful and students love that not only do you provide the answer but the explanation as well.
Thank you so much
Alecia Durner (Burgess)
Briar Woods High School
Thank you so much for taking the time to create the U.S. History Question of the Day and making it available to students and teachers across and the country, or as in my case, around the world. The question each day serves as a great way to get students discussing different elements of history. The amount of time that you put into each question, along with the detailed explanation, serves as a great way for students to not only review key details, but also help them understand history.
As an international teacher, my access to quality resources in AP US History is relatively limited. Therefore, I'm incredibly grateful to you for taking the time to make all of your hard work available to others. Keep up the good work and I look forward to a great year next year as well.
I love the history question of the day! I'm going to be a junior at Colorado State University and this question is the highlight of my day everyday so thank you! I get almost all the questions right which helps me to revisit that topic and make sure I remember it and if I don't get it right or don't know it, now I do. Almost all is covered in some sort of history class I've taken and the ones that are not are just fun to know. Thanks so much!
Dear Mr. Feldmeth,
Thank you so much for putting in all the time you do with the U.S. History Question of the Day! I greatly appreciate your efforts. A daily review was especially helpful in keeping me thinking about material we covered in class that or the previous day. In addition the pace your questions moved through history matched the pace my class moved. While this mostly a coincidence, it was a great study aid.
One idea that I think would improve this service and I know would help me is, if you added in a section (perhaps weekly) that incorporated a portion of the exam outside of the multiple choice section. This could be a tip to DBQ writing, or an FRQ with an accompanying question that asked the reader to list several related facts, laws, court cases, etc. that could be used to support a thesis statement. This would be helpful for students like me (and many of my classmates) for whom the essays will be the hardest portion of the test. Just a thought!
I'lm excited to remain subscribed next year even though my social studies class will be AP U.S. Government and Politics, instead of AP U.S. History.
Crescent Valley Hig
Thank you! Thank you!
Your gift of time & knowledge is much appreciated.
I enjoy your questions and the illustrations. The ones I have trouble answering indicate areas I need more work in.
As to the complaint that some of your material is not covered in AP classes, there WILL be concepts new to our students on the AP exam (and every so often one new to me, a nine year APUSH teacher!). Our students need to be prepared to make intelligent inferences and educated guesses on the new to them questions. As a teacher, I always include some new material on my unit exams to help students learn this skill. I tell them I do not want them to be like “Bambi in headlights,” referring to a deer frozen on the road by unexpected car headlights, with the predictable results! (We have a lot of deer in Texas). I want my students confident they have a reasonable chance of figuring out the unknown with what they do know!
I am mentoring 24 AP US History teachers (either new or not yet successful) for Houston ISD and I recommend your site to my mentees.
Sarah Loeb, Houston ISD
Thank you SO much for the questions of the day. They were very helpful for recall and reinforcing with visual images important people, places and issues that we were studying. I used them most often as warm-up exercises, worth a couple of bonus points. The kids thoroughly enjoyed them, and I must admit to using the progression of questions as ruler to measure my curriculum progress.
Thank you ever so much for a daily boost to my teaching. I used to project your questions onto my screen for a particular topic – just as a warm up. The kids loved it and the quick dialog we often had regarding your explanation offered a richer learning experience. More recently, as we have headed into exam season, I have sent a Question of the Day to my students via their email – I can choose a topic they were weak in, one that is of current interest, or (in the case of Colonial America) try to reawaken their memories. Last week their understanding of work we did last summer and the first few weeks of September was terribly poor – so I am now concentrating of that era with questions from both this year and last.
Keep up the good work –the Q of D is what I look forward to most each morning when I turn on my computer!
The Question of the Day is absolutely invaluable. I use the questions in all sorts of ways: as "bellringers" at the beginning of class, especially as a way of reviewing the previous day's lesson; as questions for quizzes and tests (especially valuable for some areas that, inexplicably, are not heavily covered in AP released exams); and as illustrations during a lesson. I'd be lost without them!
Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy
This is the second year I have used your Question of the Day as a teaching tool with my students. I use questions for Warm Up activities, for "breaks" where we transition from one topic to the next, and as a way to review material (go over the answers as to why they're wrong, etc.). I also use some of the more difficult questions to teach test taking skills, as in how to eliminate answers and judge the questions. My students always tell me how much they think it helps. Thank you for this service you provide all of us, I really appreciate it and I know others do as well.
Ichabod Crane High School
Not only have your questions been useful in teaching my sons history, my husband and I have a great time competing with each other to get the most "right" answers. Both of us are fascinated by history. Sometimes we have to look up the answers, and that's interesting in itself, having an excuse to delve into topics that don't come up in everyday conversation. It keeps our aging brains active.
You provide a great service. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for the work you put into the daily questions each and every day. They have become something that my APUSH students look forward to. As a first-year AP teacher, it was the perfect “bell-ringer” to get them started, focused, and in good shape each and every day. I look forward to next year’s batch. Take care and thanks again.
Matthew R. Riley
Thanks so much for your hard work. I find your questions to be both carefully crafted and rigorous; making them perfect for use with either AP students or regular US History students who need to be pushed.
I like the blend of all things historical whether military, economic, political or social in nature.
My students believe that your website is a wonderful gift from the APUSH gods!
Thanks again for your diligence and commitment!
Sheila F. Fitzgerald
APUSH @ Eden Prairie H.S.
Dear Mr. Feldmeth,
Thank you for once again providing this valuable service.
I use these questions in a variety of ways. Of course, I read them, and I especially find useful the background explanations. Many of my students subscribe and enjoy the daily quiz. I have encouraged parents to subscribe so that they have a sense of the difficulty of the class and can more readily connect with what their children are studying. I have on occasion in April gone into the archives and projected questions on the screen to review for a particular time period. And students are using the archives to review for the exam.
I look forward to these every day, and I genuinely appreciate your efforts.
Thank you so much for sharing your questions. They have been so helpful to me in teaching APUSH. I use them in different ways:
1) for review at different point through the year
2) for supplementing my tests when I need a few more questions
3) most importantly, for teaching students how to analyze multiple choice questions and become familiar with the types of questions they will encounter on the test.
Again, thank you so much! I truly admire and appreciate you efforts.
These questions have been an essential part of my study methods. I appreciate the time that you took to compile them. Everything you have done is extremely important to. Should I make a five, I would give your questions a great deal of credit. Thank you for everything.
Trevor Mercer - Sandy Creek High School
Hello from Green Bay Packer country! My colleague and I appreciate the hard work and dedication you have shown in preparing these questions for the students. In our classes we use them as a bell ringer to get the day started. The students are assigned partners and they get 30 sec to a minute to answer each question. Then as a class we talk about the question, and eliminate distracters. Throughout the discussion there are many teachable moments for review and an opportunity to gain deeper understanding of the material.
I also appreciate the visuals you include with the question. Some days, I will just show the visual and the students will brainstorm the topic before getting the full question.
Thanks again for your hard work.
Dear Mr. Feldmeth,
Our daughter just left to take her AP US test feeling confident and optimistic, due in no small part to her daily dose of AP questions. Her grandfather, her mother and I have all received the daily questions, and taken the opportunity to flaunt our knowledge of obscure bits of history at the dinner table. ("So, which newspaper publisher incited the Spanish American War?"). Thank you for your hard work and for your generosity in making these materials available.
- Lisa and Eddie Frothingham
I would to thank you for taking the time to create these questions that you send out to students like me. These questions have proved to be a very valuable resource to me, as they allowed me to review throughout the year. They also serve as a good way to briefly review for the test that will take place tomorrow May.11, 2012. This test will allow me to show how well I have put my time into the course, and I am honestly really grateful to have been a recipient of your questions. They have helped me and countless other students, and I would really like to say thank you once again.
I just want to thank you for this amazing resource. I use the QoD with my students as an opening exercise, for content and answering MC strategy. I put the question up on the infocus, we read the Q and A together and then ask which answer they think is correct with a show of hands. We talk about why they picked that answer. We discuss how you can eliminate certain answers automatically, how to carefully read the question so you know what you need to answer, etc. I show them the answer, we discuss why it is correct. I always do a question from a topic we already discussed.
It has been an invaluable resource this year. Thank you again.
Megan L. Youness
Chair, Social Studies Department
Advanced Placement Coordinator
Kubasaki High School, Okinawa, Japan
Thank you again for this incredible resource. I have used the questions in about every way imaginable from class starters to class closers. Last year, I used adhesive to put two plexiglass "picture frames" on the wall outside of my classroom. In the first was a printed the "question of the day" and in the second was the answer and explanation to the previous day's question(I reprint the graphic and the question). Many students (and fellow teachers) that are not in my class stop throughout the day to read the questions and answers. It has drawn many positive comments.
Thanks again, Lee
"Question of the Day" has been a real bright spot in my day. It has been helpful as a daily quiz for myself--keeps me on my toes--and as a bell ringer for my regular history classes. This source has been enjoyable for my AP kids and used as an ongoing review throughout the year and as an intense MP review this past week. Thank you for the time and effort you have put into this project, I really appreciate the effort as do my kids! I'm looking forward to next year's treats.
Mulberry High School
Mulberry, AR. 72947
Thank you SO much for taking the time to write interesting questions. I appreciate the detail in your explanations and the visual that is provided each morning. i look forward to seeing the topic and often it triggers something in my miind about making sure to inlcude this or that in my course.
I teach 4 sections of APUSH to sophs in Lakeville MN. This is my 9th year of APUSH and my 25th year of teaching. This was my first year receiving your question of the day and I marveled at your ability to keep them coming. I used them for personal quizzes each day, almost always but not every time, selecting the correct option. Sometimes I used them in class as points of interest.
I encouraged my students to sign up and many did.
I love that you do these questions, and I assumed you were purposely choosing harder questions to challenge the students (and sometimes the teacher as well). I currently have all 240 questions around my room (in students handwriting) as part of our AP review. Students were each assigned certain questions which they had to write the question, the answer, and summarize the explanation. We have been using the questions as part of a gallery walk type review, where each day students have to find specific questions and answer opinion questions on them (for example, today, we talked about the Hayes codes, the Geneva conventions, muckrakers, South Carolina’s attempt to nullify tariffs, and the Social Gospel). I guess I will find out soon enough if it helps. But regardless, I appreciate all the effort you put in to get these questions out each day.
People who complain about how you do this or when the questions arrive need to get a life.
Greg: I didn't find out about the Question of the Day until late in the game, so I've only received about 1/3 of them so far. I look forward to receiving more and I do wish I had the whole collection! What I've started doing with the question is that I use it for a morning bellringer .... even if it's something we haven't covered yet. The kids come in to find it already up on the board, and man! Do they EVER get excited when it's something they know! I've had them make a tab in their AP notebooks along with other exam review materials, and they copy the question down, attempt the answer, and then write down the correct response in their books or journals. It's become a regular routine and they really look forward to it. They place bets on whether or not the question is pre- or post-Reconstruction, and it gets them excited and talking about it. It's been a great tool and I thank you so much for sharing it with me. I look forward to the resumption. We are starting school here right after the first of August this year, so the beginning of the school year will come quickly! Have a great summer and thank you again for your generosity in sharing these questions!
Ken King, APUSH/AP GOV Instructor, NBCT
Hueytown High School
In response to your query about the Question of the day I can only say that I have been quite impressed with the level and breadth of the questions. Recently I saved the e-mails to folders by time period and I even noticed that the amount of questions for each time period matches the proportions of how the time periods are represented on the APUSH exam.
As for the difficulty, I teach APUSH and USH at a school where the average AP student might have Junior level reading skills and the non AP students read at a freshman level. I have been able to use your questions with both groups and the tougher questions have given me a segway to teach testing and reading skills while still working within my curriculum. I also had a student teacher and she began to rely on them as a filer for extra time at the end of lessons.
Please keep up your hard efforts. I will hopefully see you at the readings in Louisville this year.
Momence High School
This has been so helpful! I faithfully signed on everyday to answer the US History Question of the Day. Early in the year, I didn't know the answers but the questions familiarized me with what I was going to learn. Later, the questions provided excellent review. Thank you so much!
I love getting the QOD from you. I display the question on the board and have the class analyze each answer and discuss what answer is correct and why along with the other answers and why they are NOT correct. We also analyze the primary source photo.
Youngsville High School
Social Studies Department
Thanks for the wonderful resource. I would like to remain on the list for next year. We (4 teachers at my school who teach APUSH) are considering using some of your questions for our final exam next year. We have had too much difficulty with students getting the questions from previously released AP tests. Your questions seem to be at the difficulty level we desire with few students knowing about them.
First of all, thank you so much for all of those questions. I used them in a variety of ways—daily questions at the beginning of class, extra credit on tests, review at the end…..they were wonderful and so helpful. Thank you, again, for taking on this endeavor.
Social Studies Department
Martin County High School
Thank you so, so much for doing this. IT has helped so much! Besides using your questions to start the class or as a quick review, I have found them extremely valuable in teaching the anatomy of multiple choice questions and how to "crack" them. They allow us practice as a class, to discuss how we "crack" the question, how we eliminate obvious wrong answers, how we choose between those we think are possible answers when we don't know for sure. We have had some short, insightful debates over which answer is correct. In the process, I have a chance to see the depth of knowledge some students are acquiring.
Lakewood High School
Thank you for the time and effort you put into creating these questions. This was the first year I received them and I actually printed a copy of each as the year went on. I've put them into two notebooks and made them avaialbe to my AP class for study and review. The kids take home one semester's worth when they have the time to go through them. Some students have really enjoyed using the notebooks. Another year I will encourage interested students to contact you for their own subscription (I guess I didn't realize that was an option.
Aloha Greg & Mahalo,
My APUSH class this year and last year as well greatly appreciated the daily questions. We are often found discussing the questions before during and after class. Sometimes I would use the questions as bellringers but often we simply did not have time. I would daily forward the questions to the students with homework or further evaluation questions added. I would often ask clarifying questions and students would have to answer and email me back after class. I would also use the questions to begin Wiggio after class discussions, debates, and polls. Your questions this year on the chronological format were a great help in keeping us on track, although we got a little stressed at the end of the year. Thank you VERY much for doing these questions. My students and I benefited tremendously and we did not think the questions too hard- it is APUSH after all.
I have found your question of the day to be invaluable for assisting my students. Multiple choice always gives them a difficult time, but being able to go over a question a day and break down the choices as proved to be very helpful. I am looking forward to next year’s questions!
I was a first year teacher last year and am now preparing for next year. I found your questions and the illustrations very helpful. I have the "luxury" of teaching APUSH in two years. I use your questions in the second year to review content covered in the first year. They served as a great review tool. Thank you and I would like to be included again next year.
I just wanted to thank-you for the question of the day. I used them to review for tests and to review for the AP exam. My students enjoy reading the explanations as they provide them with facts they did not know.
Please keep me on the list. I have used the list in several ways. I find the explanations of the questions especially useful for my students. I forward your emails to my students who are not on your list. They often talk about your questions the next day.
Thanks for the QOD service. This year I used your questions as an opening “bell ringer” (required at my school) using a question related to the material we were going to be discussing that day. So… I went to your archives site to find relevant questions, since the questions coming in the e-mail didn’t usually match my lesson plans.
Newport High School
Newport, KY (on the Ohio River directly across from downtown Cincinnati)
As a first year APUSH teacher I found this service invaluable. I appreciated your time and attention to keeping this up. As for the comments for improvement, I quite frankly feel its your volunteer time and I'll work around whatever works best for you.
As for utilization in the classroom....I used the questions as a 'bellwork' per se for APUSH. There are a graphic organizer to keep up with question content and how the student did. They received .5 point EC for every question they got right. It's harder in the beginning as it was my first year and I didn't have as many content questions. However, all of my students seem to feel this helped them with their multiple choice skills.
At any rate......I'd like to say THANKS!!!
Huntley High School
Thanks for your efforts in getting QOD out this year. In the beginning of the year, I asked students who felt they needed extra help on MCQs if they'd be interested in your questions. Those to took the questions saw their MC scores on quizzes, unit tests, etc, go up.
I felt your questions were very useful for both content and APUSH test prep. Keep up the good work and thanks again,
Becton Regional HS
East Rutherford, NJ
If you had a fan club, I'd be the first to sign up as a member. I can hardly begin to tell you how helpful your questions are. (Nor can I begin to tell you how worried I was when the questions stopped arriving for about a week or so - turns out you were on an outing with your students.)
To answer your questions, I use the Qs of the Day in numerous ways: as "bellringers" at the beginning of class (a GREAT review of material we've just learned), as quiz questions on tests, and for my own benefit. In my humble opinion, your questions come closer to the types of questions that actually appear on AP exams than a lot of questions I see in AP books (even the Green Book, which everyone seems to swear by.) Your questions are particularly useful in quizzes on topics that are not heavily covered on released AP exams, so there are not very many questions available on that topic. (I should add that throughout the year I give my kids as many AP or AP-like questions as possible - my quizzes as much as possible are taken from released exams or the equivalent - like your questions.)
To those who say the questions are "too hard", I say "the AP exam is not easy; what are you preparing your kids for? For college? Or for a self-indulgent life of feeling good? If a particular question is 'too hard', wait a day or two until an easier one comes along!" Your questions are superb AP prep.
My kids also love the questions - and my kids are not elite superstars from upper or middle class families, They are all from immigrant, non-English-speaking families (Russian Jews) with virtually no prior familiarity with any aspect of American history. But they are all - even the most challenged - very hard working and motivated. They love the challenge of using process of elimination to find the correct answer - and we often discuss why the incorrect answer is incorrect.
The only thing that sometimes throws my kids is that on rare occasions the illustration doesn't appear to relate directly to the question, so they get confused. A minor concern.
So keep up the good work!!!
Is this e-mail enough to opt-in for next year, or do you want me to send you a separate e-mail with "Renew" in the subject line?
Best wishes for much success for your students on Friday. And best wishes for a restful and rejuvenating summer!
Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy
San Francisco, CA
I am an AP US History teacher at PL Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, TX. I use the question of the day as a bell ringer daily. Thank you so much for putting these questions out daily!Thank you for all of your hard work in doing this for the rest of us.I have used your questions this year as part of my review sessionspreparing for the test. They go from era to era and make thestudents' brains search for the information they have retained. Ithas worked very well and they have enjoyed it.Tyla Walton
East High School
Awesome Help!!!!! I have used it in different ways, flashbacks, review and others.
Thank you for the service. The service helped me especially when I was having it rough and needed a extra hand. Again thanks
THANK YOU so much for sending the questions and keeping such a great website. While I love the questions, I think next year I will simply have my students log on to your website and take the quizzes more often. Because your questions are not chronological, it makes it a bit more challenging to give them every day since sometimes we haven't covered that material yet. Your website is wonderful and I really enjoy using it. Thank you again for providing such a generous and free service to help other teachers. I'm sorry if other people are critical - I guess it's the nature of teaching, unfortunately. Again, thanks so much.
Sleepy Hollow High School
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Thank you. I have used these just a little bit this year, but next year with my first apush class – I will use them daily!!
Blessings to you,
Thank you soooo much for all the help you have given me in offering your questions of the day. My AP class has benefitted greatly from them. We use them daily as a bell ringer activity. It has also been helpful to be able to model the thought process behind the decision as to which answer is most correct. We have torn the stems apart to make sure we know what information is requested and have done the same with the answer choices. In fact, if there is a day we don't use the question, the students ask for it and want to catch up the next day. For those teachers in my department with CP level classes, I have frequently sent them questions I felt they might be able to use. Our state end of course test in SC is quite tough and it enables them to have access to more difficult questions that require higher order thinking skills. Again, thank you for your considerate sharing.
Amy H. FLetcher
Social Studies Teacher
Byrnes High School
Spartanburg, SC 29334
I very much enjoy receiving your Question of the Day and use the questions in many ways. I've printed up all of the questions, have arranged them chronologically in a notebook, and then use the appropriate question to begin each day's lesson. The students really enjoy the challenge. I've also used your questions on quizzes and tests. Now that students are preparing for the May 7 APUSH exam, some students have borrowed the Question of the Day notebook to review. Of course, I look forward to quizzing myself each day, too. Thank you very much for your efforts and for sharing your work. I will look forward to next year's questions.
Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts
I am a retired teacher who is a still consultant for the College Board and a sub in a large suburban district. I have used the questions as a challenge to keeping my skills and knowledge base up to date. I have recommended that the participants in my Institutes and Workshops use them also. I have to admit to being stumped a few times. That's OK. It gives me a good reason to do some fresh research on topics I have forgotten or have missed out on down the years. I also love the illustrations!
Thanks for making these available,
Hello! I am a student who took the AP U.S. test today. I wanted to thank you SO much for making U.S. question of the day. I was extremely discouraged at the beginning of the year when I couldn't answer any questions you sent, but as the year progressed I started catching on. Yesterday when I was flipping out about the test I remembered your emails and went through almost all of them (again) and I answered MANY correct. It gave me the confidence that I'd do well ... Thanks so much again! This was really helpful and I will show your website to my AP U.S. teacher so she can have your link on her blog. ~Nusheen
Thank you for your hard work. This year I've used them mostly for personal brain activity. I'm trying to put them in folders per period to use next year for opening exercises, review, or time fillers. Keep up the good work.
Buffalo High School
I'm sad to see you go for the year... I will sign up again if you do it for next year as well. I used your website to prepare for the CSET exams. I have passed my American History CSET subtest... (Yay!) and am now going to work on California subsection over the summer. Next year in the fall I will plan to take my World History sub-test.
Thank you for all you've done. I love the format, the ingenuity, and I'm VERY thankful that you have made this available at no fee to students, teachers and the general public. A source of knowledge can't always be at a cost for otherwise, only the poor will always pay the most for the society we love. Thank you again! I believe God has a special place for people like you... those with a servants' heart.
Your daily questions have been great for review as I shared them each day with the classes and then created a power-point that I use as review here at the end of the year. Great stuff! Sign me up for next year.Thanks again.
Thanks for doing this! It is a fabulous resource. I have used them on tests (I do credit you for them) but I think I will try some other things next year. I have kept all of them- I have this huge bank to draw from now.
It is a regular Unit review activity to look at questions of the day that are filed in that Chronological span. Preparing for the final, I have a collection of Qs o Day that cover the span of US history or would be given away by placing that question into one particular unit. [‘Who said, “… remember the ladies…”]. We went over these this morning as a review for the national exam. The beauty of the questions is that they serve as a launching point for deeper discussions of nuance. My kids also have learned some skills in test-taking from them.
Thank you kindly.
Please renew my subscription for next school year. I enjoy getting the questions the first thing in the morning to test my alertness and when it is appropriate, the students thereafter. By appropriate I mean that it follows the pacing of my curriculum. I know that is extremely difficult across so many curriculum and with strange pull-out days across state and district lines. However I would love to see a flow along a basic timeline that would move toward final testing. I can't believe we are that far apart that a systematic pace could not be utilized. In any situation though I'd just like to thank you for your work and your support. It's been fun for me and I believe for my students as well.
AP US History
Trimble Technical High School
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
I appreciate what you are doing. I have the past few years printed and stored in notebooks. I use them as class openers at times and make the notebooks available for review by students.
Gordon H. Meiners Sr.
Asheville Christian academy
I appreciated your daily emails. I used them for myself because I had to pass a test to be highly qualified to teach social studies. It helped - thank you! Next year I will be teaching U.S. studies and will integrate the Question of the Day into the lessons.
Thank you again,
Your QOTD was a great resource for me. I change my tests every year and found a few from your database to add to each exam.
I also told students about it, but I don't think many of them used it. Their loss...
Thanks for all the work you do on this. Please keep me in the system for next year!
Mountain Range HS
I like to both ask the Q and often talk about the photos/graphics you include.
Absolutely excellent work. Thank you.
You are doing a lot already, so I don’t want to sound ungrateful and hesitate to suggest any changes, however:
Most of the time the Qs don’t match up to the period we are studying.
That’s my problem not yours, but I might still want to use that HQOD later when we get to the topic or for review.
When we save them, there is no way to tell which Q is which.
Is it possible to put a simple title on them?
For example: yesterday’s Q about Harding might be 1920s.
I wouldn’t want you to fret about what the title should be.
Just something you could type in quickly.
It would make them more useful.
Thanks again for this great resource.
Paschal High School
AP US History
These have been a great warm-up activity for my US and APUSH classes this year. I would love to continue receiving them next year. I hope you have a great summer and this is a great idea.
Social Studies Teacher
Hickory Ridge High School
Thank you for this service!!
I use the questions as bell ringers to start class discussion.
It doesn’t matter what time of day you send them as I store them on my computer by time period and pull them up when that time period arrives.
Don’t listen to your critics that suggest you make the questions easier.
Ms. Sara Stout
AP US History Teacher
Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Thank you for all you do! Please RENEW.
I post a few of these at a time in the AP class – but irregular intervals. The students like them! Some have subscribed on their own, and have said they are using the questions for review.
It’s a little difficult to impress upon them the value of subscribing to the service because at first, the questions are on topics they haven’t studied yet…and the exam is still far over the horizon.
As for me, I take the quiz every day!
First of all, thank you for providing this service. This has been a great boon to me and my classes.
We have used the Question of the Day in a number of ways.
With my AP U.S. History class, I use this in two ways:
· Questions are used for the multiple choice portions of our unit tests. They supplement material from lecture and various text banks.
· Question are used to help students dissect AP-style multiple choice questions. I use these to help students look at the language and phraseology they may experience on the AP exam
For both my AP U.S. History class and my regular U.S. History classes, I use the images you have included with the questions as part of the anticipatory sets of lessons and focus with the kids on the ways to analyze cartoons, posters, photos, and images.
Thank you once again
Bloom High School
Thank you for all you have put into this. I’m very appreciative of your efforts and the knowledge you shared throughout this year. I’m a homeschool mother/teacher of 4 with my oldest being 7 years old. We’re obviously not ready for AP US History, but we do study US History and your questions are a springboard for topics in US History. I’ve saved all the emails over the past year for future use, as well.
Enjoy your summer break and we look forward to joining you again next year.
Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing these. . .I find them to be a great opener and plan on assembling all questions together to use as a review next year. . .Have a wonderful summer. . .
Sebring High School
I’ve really appreciated your generosity with the questions this year. As a first timer in APUSH, they served as daily brush-up’s for me and were frequently used in unit exams. I also made use of many of the visuals – realizing the immense they play in illuminating a concept, event, etc. – into PowerPoint slides.
I would like to continue to receive them next year if at all possible. Thanks a bunch, and enjoy your summer.
Social Studies Teacher
Central Kitsap High School
3700 NW Anderson Hill Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
Thank you so much for these questions. I posted one every morning as a power point with a random selected student as well as the first student to write it down correctly getting an extra credit point opportunity. This technique noy only focused (quieted) the class to begin the day, but we were able to discuss M/C techniques and history through your detailed "explanation" section.
I also posted all of the questions onto my website (as a power point) last week as a review tool for the AP exam.
Thank you again for your dedication.
Woodbridge High School
I was a first-tear AP U.S. History teacher this year. I found your questions very helpful. I used them a warm-up almost every day in class. I should have made a file of them, but I didn't. Is there access to the questions now? Thank you so much. They have been very helpful. I would like to renew now for next year. thanks, GW
Round Rock High School
Social Studies Department
The students and I have enjoyed the questions of the day. Each day we begin with a question as a bell-ringer. The students must answer the question to the best of their ability and we then discuss the correct answer. On Friday of each week, I take up their question of the day notebooks and on Monday I return them. At the end of the nine weeks their APUSH Question of the Day counts for one quiz grade. Each question is work .5 of a point. At the end of the year, they have developed a “review” in addition to the ones in class and evenings.
Brandi S. Hendrix
I found these questions really helpful throughout the year to help me for my AP US exam. I liked that the question was sent in the morning because it was always one of the first emails I received and therefore I could always count on having a question to do in the morning. One thing I think could be helpful is to go kind of chronologically throughout the year because I know that sometimes I received questions about the modern era (about, say, LBJ's Great Society) that I would have no idea how to answer because in class we had just done the Compromise of 1850. However I thought the questions later on in the year that referred to things that were done early in the course were really good ways to review.
Thanks a lot, these questions have been really helpful!
I used the questions as a warm up almost every day. This was especially useful since about half of my class came in late from a Math & Science Center, and to get started immediately was pointless. Sure, some of the questions were more difficult than others, but in general students were able to more effectively deal with them as the semester progressed (I teach on a 4X4 block - ugh). On some days, if I thought the question was too difficult, I checked your website for a relevant question to what we were studying, and found that to be an effective way to get their brains "warmed up". I prefer getting them in the morning, mainly because I had a morning class this year. I'd definitely use them again.
Thanks for the service!
Lakeview High School
Social Studies Department
Hi Greg! Thanks so much for the questions. I think the format is great, and I for one appreciate the difficulty. I used them first semester as a review for the final exam. I had to put them in a word document, because I found the links to the answers to be slow. One question --will the links still be live? Unfortunately, 2nd semester I ran out of time to read them and was hoping to go back and access them over the summer. I guess I would be more likely to use them in class as an opener if they were chronological.
I have used the Question of the day in all the methods you mentioned in your email. I also used it as a test bank for my mid-term exam. I have found them challenging, as have my students, but I like to challenge them before they get into the exam. Hopefully, they will then think the exam is easier then my tests. I truthfully appreciate the questions you have provided throughout the year. Thanks very much
JFK High School
Thank you for your questions! I have used them on and off throughout the year, but have really mined them in the past three weeks. I have been giving the students a five question (3.5 minute timed) quiz at the beginning of each period to prepare for the exam. Your questions have allowed me to create diverse quizzes with a range of time period, content, style of question and phrasing. I have seen their scores increase on these quizzes since I started them, so I know they have been effective.
Thanks again for your hard work and your willingness to share.
Lincoln Park High School
Thank you for sending me these questions over the past year. They made my life a little easier as a brand new AP teacher. I used them as a warm-up excercise in my class. The students really like them and as the year went on, they enjoyed knowing the answers! I appreciate all that you have done! Thank you!
Please renew me for next year!
Calallen High School
Corpus Christi, Tx
I appreciate your efforts to challenge my students to think critically about the content they have learned. I look forward to the questions in the fall...
Woodland High school
A.P. U.S. History
Thanks for your efforts... first year I have received your questions... used them during first semester to open classes... then snow days and other realities had me trying to utilize time otherwise... Liked your questions just the way they are! Too difficult? No way! And they also arrive at a great time...
Mainland Regional High School
Thank you so much for your efforts. I have often used these questions as either review or for an opening exercise (being sure to credit you, of course). I especially appreciate the use of pictures related to the topic, as it accounts for the visual learners in my classes. Please continue to include me in your listserve when you begin this again.
Social Studies Department
Lansdowne High School
I use the question every day in my class as a opener. We use it to broaden our knowledge, learn how to eliminate answers, etc. My only suggestion is not to rely on the letter C. What I mean is that the majority of the answers are represented by the letter C in your questions. We used it to talk about probability. Thanks for writing them andsending them out everyday.
APUSH teacher in Minneapolis.
Greg - thank so much for your efforts, your questions are a part of my APUSH curriculum, everything from bellwork to extra credit to AP exam review
Waukesha South HS
I have used the questions regularly both in AP and regular US History. They are great review questions. Thank you so much for your work. I may be retiring but if not, I would definitely use them again in the fall.
Ironwood Ridge HS
Thanks for all the questions. While I thought some were hard, and we stop at 1988, so those questions were really difficult for my students to answer, I thought that they were good questions of AP caliber.
I compiled them before the exams each semester and sent them to students to use as practice. I sent the answers as well. I hoard the ‘real’ AP questions and use them for tests or for exams, so it was nice to have some to just give to students to work through.
Thanks for being so generous in sharing them,
Saint Mary’s School
THANK YOU so very much for the question of the day! I personally don't care when the emails are sent and have loved the ability to use the archive feature to search for something in particular.
I teach online exclusively and post an announcement in the course at least once a week, often will post more than that and have enjoyed being able to add a "Question of the Week" to the announcements. In particular the students and I have enjoyed the explanation feature. In addition to the Question of the Week, as the questions come out I pull some aside and make small review unit pages for the students. All of these are for extra practice. Because of the nature of online learning, the course is already predetermined, which means I can't just throw out a sheet with some questions and opt to use a day as a review day. BUT I can add supplementary material. Some of these courses are built so that the students are only tested 4 times in a semester - which means for an AP course they would only have 4 opportunities to see and work with multiple choice questions. Having the ability to access your question bank (and direct students to it as well) has allowed me an easy and non-overwhelming way for my students to get a bit more experience with higher level multiple choice questions.
Again, thank you for such a wonderful service in providing the Question of the Day. It has been a tremendous and much appreciated tool for my US History students. Normally I provide the question of the day as opening activity for them to work on as they come into class. At first the students moaned and complained. Then it became a collective effort to discuss and analyze the question and choices. Students began improving their thought process when answering questions. I've also posted a link to your US History Resources for the students on our class page for them to use as an additional study tool.
Jill Knight, NBCT
Social Studies Department Chair
Mayo High School for MST
Darlington, SC 29532
I am a teacher of AP US History in Frederick, Maryland which is about 40 miles from Washington and Baltimore. I loved the questions. I used them in a variety of ways including warm ups, review questions and even supplemented my tests with a couple. I also enjoyed the challenge of the questions and look forward to them each day. I don't think you should change the way you do them. I liked your comment about the war questions. Keep up the good work and keep the pictures with the questions they are great for the kids as well. Please sign me up for next year and thank you so much for all of your hard work. Have a great summer.
Frederick High School
I definitely used the question of the day in my AP US class- especially as review at the end of the year. Using a compiled list of your questions students would get one question a day for a month before the AP exam to review all the eras, units, etc. that we covered throughout the course.
Thanks for making those available!
Social Studies Department Chair
Linn-Mar High School
Thanks so much for this service. I used the questions as opening exercises but I think their greatest value is in making me and the students look at topics that I or our textbook might overlook or minimize. It stretches me! Thanks again!
Ed. Morales (Wichita HS North)
Thanks for your effort to post the Q of the Day. I use them regularly as my warm up. The students like the multiple choice practice and I like using questions from previous units of study to keep them reviewing. It has been a great help.
AP US History, AP US Government and Politics
Bandera High School
Bandera, Texas 78003
I really appreciate your questions and the pictures are great. If I had any suggestions it would be to put them in chronological order. I don't show them before we cover the material. I go back to do that but I haven't had time recently to look through them...however, I am using them now as part of the review.
When time permitted, I used each question of the day as an intro to class - an ice breaker of sorts. I also used them for extra credit on tests. My kids really enjoyed them.
My only wish (I will not use suggestion because I don't want this to be your responsibility) is that the questions came with a title so that I could put them in chronological order.
I cannot thank you enough for offering these to me - they are invaluable.