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AP US History Writing for the APUSH

Verbs Used in AP SAQ, FRQ & Essays

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DBQ Deconstruct Practice Sheet
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Historical Thinking Skills HTS

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Can you HIPP this cartoon?

How to Analyze a Document for the DBQ
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How To Write a DBQ Videos

How To Write An LEQ

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APUSH Review Mr. Heimler

About the SAQs

•There are 3 questions, each with its own stimulus and a total of 40 minutes to complete.

•Label answers (A,B,C)

•Use WHW (What, How, Why)

•Stay within the 23 lines

•Be Specific / No Thesis Statements

•Each Question worth 3 points plus multiplier

About the DBQ Essay

•Will have total of 7 documents

•Will only involve units 3-8 (the core units)

•Use at least 6 (Best to use all)

•Must have a Thesis Statement (I require it in 1st paragraph)

•7 Point Rubric

•2 Points Use of Document (Describe vs. Explain)

•Use 3 documents correctly and get one point

•Use 6 documents correctly and get two points

•HIPP Factors (to get the 3rd point on document use)

•Historical Content

•Intended Audience

•Purpose

•Point of View

•In scoring the DBQ the requirement that the documents be used to support the stated argument is only present for the first two document analysis points, not the third.

•For the third point, the only requirement is that students explain the significance of an element such as historical context, author’s point of view, intended purpose, or audience. (HIPP) The rubric does not define how a student can do this. But the student DOES have to explain why knowing this background information about the author or text helps inform their reading of a text.

•In scoring the DBQ the requirement that the documents be used to support the stated argument is only present for the first two document analysis points, not the third.

•For the third point, the only requirement is that students explain the significance of an element such as historical context, author’s point of view, intended purpose, or audience. (HIPP) The rubric does not define how a student can do this. But the student DOES have to explain why knowing this background information about the author or text helps inform their reading of a text.

About the LEQ Essay

•Students have a choice of three questions

•Units 1-3 or Units 4-6 or Units 7-9

•This is a 6 point Rubric

•Need a Thesis Statement (I want in first paragraph)

•Each of the 3 questions will involve the same specific skill

•Use of knowledge (outside info) is key to higher score

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