This is Lesson Six of the forthcoming AP US History Writing and Skills Handbook,
which covers thesis paragraphs (for both DBQs and LEQs) and contextualization paragraphs for DBQs. The lesson can be used to teach initial skills and as a reference throughout the school year. It is offered as a free sample so that teachers can get a feel for how the APUSH Writing and Skills Handbook is organized.
Sub-sections of the lesson include:
*comparing and contrasting sample good and bad thesis paragraphs
*characteristics of good thesis paragraphs
*evaluating and correcting sample thesis paragraphs
*comparing and contrasting sample contextualization paragraphs
*characteristics of good contextualization paragraphs
*pre-writing a DBQ and writing an original thesis and contextualization paragraph
Content coverage in the lesson is from Period 3 (1754-1800). The lesson includes four modular student activities and references an adapted version of the 2005 College Board Released DBQ
covering the effects of the American Revolution.
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 2012016 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 Prewriting a DBQ
Lesson Seven: Basic DBQ Body Paragraphs