2 Types of QuestionsThere are 3 types of written responses on this exam but you’re writing 6 TOTAL:Short-answer questions (20%)445 minutesDBQ (Document-based question) (25%)160 minutesLEQ (Long essay question) (15%)Given 2, pick 135 minutes
3 Short AnswerALL FOUR QUESTIONS will require students to use historical thinking skills to respond to:A primary sourceA historian’s argumentNontextual sources such as a map or dataGeneral propositions about US historyYou can draw material from either from the source OR classroom instructionRoughly words in lengthMultiple part format so LABEL YOUR ANSWERS!!!
4 Short Answer Stimulus based or non-stimulus based STAY INSIDE THE BOX! ~10 minutes each – 45 minutesThere will be 3 parts: A, B, CLABEL your answers!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 Document-based question (DBQ) An essay question that requires you to interpret primary source documentsVary in length and formatDocuments might include the following:Newspaper articles/editorialsLetters/diariesSpeechesLegislationPolitical cartoonsCharts and graphs
8 Your job!Analyze and synthesize historical data and to assess verbal, quantitative, or visual materials as historical evidenceRelate the documents together when applicable AND (and this is crucial) relate the documents to your extensive outside knowledge!!!SHOW ME YOU KNOW THINGS!!!COMPARE and CONTRASTThey will present opposing arguments, DUH!Provide a THESIS – a really, really, really good one
9 What is a Thesis Statement? Tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under considerationWhat your argument ISTells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paperMOST IMPORTANTLY: Answers the question asked of youIt is NOT a restatement of the question!
10 AnalysisExamine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of (something, especially information), typically for purposes of explanation and interpretationYou do this with the documents when you PAACYou have to use ALL of the documents in your writing
12 DBQ Format SFI – Specific Factual Information derived from documents INTRODUCTIONAlways begin with what already happenedTHESIS!!!!!!!SUPPORTIVE PARAGRAPHS (as many as needed)SFI – Specific Factual Information derived from documentsRemember to PAACAnalysis of SFI (“because…”)CONCLUSIONSo what?Coming attraction (like in MARVEL movies)7 point rubricThesis = 1 pointAnalysis of historical evidence and support = 4 pointsContextualization = 1 pointSynthesis = 1 point
13 Long essay question (LEQ) You pick from 2 options – don’t answer BOTHAIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!!!Measures the use of historical thinking skills to explain and analyze significant issues in US historySame format as the DBQ only, guess what? No documents! It’s ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE, so you better know stuff!
14 LEQ Format 6 point rubric Thesis = 1 point INTRODUCTIONAlways begin with what already happenedTHESIS!!!!!!!SUPPORTIVE PARAGRAPHS (as many as needed)SFI – Specific Factual Information derived from YOUR KNOWLEDGEAnalysis of SFI (“because…”)CONCLUSIONSo what?Coming attraction (like in MARVEL movies)6 point rubricThesis = 1 pointSupport for argument = 2 pointsApplication of targeted historical thinking skills = 2 pointsSynthesis = 1 point
15 As You Write the Body Paragraphs… Be certain you understand the question and fully attempt to answer itUse FACTS to support your THESIS/ARGUMENTLoad up essay with factsUse past tense consistently – HISTORY already happenedExplain why (SO WHAT) a fact is importantMake connections to your THESIS/ARGUMENT
16 ALWAYS Use thoughtful language Use accurate information In a DBQ – use all the documentsWRITE A KICK ASS THESISWrite a conclusion with synthesisANSWER THE FREAKING QUESTION!!!Proofread
17 NEVER! Write your opinion Quote the documents – they’re right there! Use pencilUse first or second personUse vague language