The best way for any student to score a "5/5" on the Regents exam is to make sure that they are organizing their thoughts BEFORE they write their essay. I have taken 16 past NYS US History Regents thematic essays and created a t-chart like "essay outline" for each. These can be done together in class, done as homework, used on a test, etc. (I start out giving the first one in class together and spending about 25 minutes on it explaining how they can use the outline strategy on the exam. I do not go in order of the book, instead, I pick and choose the essays that fit the material we are covering. By June, I assign one to start class at least once a week and give them no more than 8 minutes to complete it. Students want a strategy that can help them on the exam, but nothing that is going to take too long!! I have seen an incredible amount of students use scrap paper on the June Regents Exam to "outline" their essays, and when I see their final scores, I am always ecstatic that the strategy truly helped them.) Included also is the NYS rubric for scoring the thematic essay. The essays cover a multitude of material that is covered and include topics such as Congressional Legislation, migration, important individuals, presidential policy, technology, etc. Updated April 2018.
Best reproduces as a book with double staples on the left side, copied back to back with a blank page behind the cover page (this is why you will notice different margins on the even and odd numbered essays.)
Feel free to email me for the word version - I uploaded the PDF so that there would be no formatting issues.