I've been contemplating changes to my summer assignment for AP US but I'm not sure if it's a good idea. I typically focus on content coverage, having the students read the early chapters of the textbook and an outside book(s) such as Mayflower and/or Revolutionary Characters. I'm wondering if I should instead focus the summer assignment on the skills the students need to find success at the AP level and the class. I find that most of the content covered over during the summer months is almost forgotten when May comes, and I reckon it's because focus is lost during the summer months and the content goes in and out pretty quickly.
Why not create summmer work that includes a book on how to study history, mastery of Google Docs and Livebinders, and reading and writing activities not focused on the content so much as building the reading and writing skills up to the necessary level of sophistication for the AP content pace beginning in September? I would need to make up the roughly three weeks of content I've "covered" in the past over the summer, but that could be made up simply by not having to focus so much on skill building in the middle of explaining Dartmouth v Woodward. Any feedback from the group would be most appreciated.