This is Lesson Eight of the forthcoming AP US History Writing and Skills Handbook, which brings together all the individual skills into a cohesive full-length DBQ. The lesson can be used to teach initial skills and as a reference throughout the school year.
Sub-sections of the lesson include:
*analyzing a College Board rubric
*analyzing a student-friendly in-class rubric (based on College Board rubric)
*strategic DBQ writing (determining whether to write a 5-, 6-, or 7-point DBQ)
*writing a Contradiction/Corroboration Statement with writing samples
*writing a Synthesis Paragraph with writing samples
*reproducible student- and teacher-versions of easy-to-use checkbox rubrics for use during in-class DBQ writing and grading
Content coverage in the lesson is from Period 4 (1800-1848). The lesson references adapted versions of the College Board’s 2010 Westward Expansion
and 2002 Antebellum Reforms
The AP US History Writing and Skills Handbook is designed to teach students in AP US History classes to use historical thinking skills to tackle primary and secondary sources, stimulus-style multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, and to write concise and analytical Document-Based Question essays (DBQs) and Long Essays (aka LEQs). It is fully aligned to the revised, 2015 versions of the College Board’s AP US History Curriculum Framework
and the nine historical thinking skills.
The handbook uses techniques from the MOD Writing System, a modular, modeled approach to writing.
Modular: each lesson teaches students to evaluate and then write discrete elements of historical essays. Once students have mastered the elements, later lessons show them how to combine the elements to create a full essay.
Modeled: in order to produce good historical writing, students must first read good historical writing! Each lesson includes numerous good examples of the elements of historical essays, plus full-length sample essays and paragraphs.
Please see the free teacher materials available here
for more information about the program.
Purchase of the lesson includes permission to copy a class set (up to 35). Instructional text is copyright 2016 by Carrie Floyd Cagle. All non-original text in the lesson includes citation information.
Other lessons from the AP US History Writing and Skills Handbook include:
Lesson One: Note-taking
Lesson Two: Specificity, Detail, and SAQs
Lesson Three: Preparing for a Unit Test
Lesson Four: Introduction to DBQs
Lesson Five: Analyzing Documents and Pre-writing a DBQ
Lesson Six: Thesis and Contextualization Paragraphs
(Lesson Six is offered as a free sample!)
Lesson Seven: Basic DBQ Body Paragraphs