This is Lesson Four of the forthcoming AP US History Writing and Skills Handbook,
which covers introduces all the skills needed to write a full-length DBQ. The lesson can be used in-class with students to initially teach skills and test preparation and as a reference throughout the year.
Sub-sections of the lesson include:
*kinesthetic activity—ordering and analyzing a well-written DBQ
*kinesthetic activity—color-coding and analyzing a well-written DBQ
*analyzing, comparing, and contrasting well-written and poorly-written DBQs
Content coverage in the lesson is from Period 2—1607-1754 and covers the effects of the French and Indian War. The lesson references a revised version of the 2004 College Board DBQ that has been adapted to fit redesign standards.
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 numerous 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 2014-16 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 Five: Analyzing Documents and Prewriting a DBQ
Lesson Six: Thesis and Contextualization Paragraphs
(offered as a free sample)
Lesson Seven: Basic DBQ Body Paragraphs
Lesson Eight: Writing a Full-length DBQ
Lesson Nine: Writing a Causation LEQ