L-W Central Students Think Like Historians during AP Prep Workshop
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More than 120 Lincoln-Way Central students learned to think like historians during a two-day workshop held this week to help prepare freshman and sophomores for Honors Western Civilization and Advanced Placement U.S. History courses.

It was really inspiring to see students willing to give up two days of their summer to prepare for Advanced Placement and Honors work this year, said Marty Dykas, Lincoln-Way Central Social Science Department Chair.

The idea for the workshop was spearheaded by Ryan McAllister, Central Honors Western Civilization and AP U.S. History teacher. He teamed up with Centrals Social Science teachers to give students a head start at learning the critical thinking skills necessary to be successful honors students.

Im attending the workshop because I thought it would be useful since this will be my first Advanced Placement course in high school, said student Kristina Katilius.

Students learned about historical inquiry, bias and points of view as well as historical thinking, and how to approach historical documents, McAllister said. Through engaging activities, students discussed various perspectives of political leaders like Columbus and Abraham Lincoln.

Codi Cabay said he wanted to participate because history is his favorite subject.