APUSH HISTORY REASONING SKILLS EXPLANATION
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Continuity and Change
Compare and Contrast Examples
Causes and Effects Examples
Turning Points Examples
Long Essay is what you might consider a standard essay. You will be
given a question, and might have to consider how history changed, or
remained the same over time. Or, perhaps it’s an essay targeting the
skill of comparison, or causation. Nonetheless, this essay will need
a thesis and historical evidence to support that thesis. Your goal
is to persuade the reader that your thesis is sound and
well-supported by historical facts. Introduction and conclusion
paragraphs are required. You will be graded out of 6 points.
You will write one of three choices (Periods 1-3, 4-6, or 7-9). Each
choice will address both the same theme and reasoning skill.
Your Score on the LONG ESSAY breaks
down as follows:
Point 1 -
Similar to the
DBQ, you must have an original thesis that reflects all parts of the
task and the skill being targeted. If you just copy the statement
they give you then ... SORRY!
NOTE: They may
ask you to “Support, Modify, or Refute” a question. If this happens,
on say, a “turning point” question:
The New Deal was a turning point because...
Although the New Deal was a turning point because..., it also cannot
be considered one, as...
Thesis: The New Deal was not a turning point because...
NOTE: You can
do any of three. If you choose to “Modify,” this might give you an
opportunity to write more and show you can understand both sides of
Point 2 - Contextualization
Similar to what was seen with the DBQ,
you must show contextualization.