LONG ESSAY HELP.
FORMAT OF NEW AP WORLD TEST
Continuity and Change
Compare and Contrast Examples
Causes and Effects Examples
RETURN TO AP
WORLD REVIEW SHEET
You will be given a Document Based Question essay and a standard
Long Essay. The DBQ
makes up 25% of your grade, and the Long Essay is worth 15%.
First, letís talk about the
Document Based Question
(DBQ) essay. The test will give you a series of 7 documents.
The topics tend to be general, and the question looks to show
continuity and change, or one of the other historical thinking
Here is a guide as to how you should write
your essay. It is your job to group the 7 documents into different
categories and argue a thesis.
Your Score on the DBQ will be
largely based on you answering ďyesĒ to the following questions:
Section II will consist of a DBQ and a
Long Essay. First, letís talk about the
Document Based Question
(DBQ) essay, where you will be given a
question followed by a series of seven documents. The topics tend to
be general and the question looks to address the AP History
Disciplinary Practices and Reasoning Skills (see earlier). The DBQ
will be on a topic from periods 3-6.
You can succeed on the DBQ if you answer ďyesĒ to the
1. Do I have a detailed
2. Did I put the documents into
3. Did I utilize at least
the documents to support the
4. Is my
5. On at least three documents, did I
explain the relevance towards the argument regarding the
audience, purpose, historical situation,
or authorís point of view?
6. Did I demonstrate a
of what the question is looking for? Did I use evidence to
corroborate, modify, or qualify an argument?
Now a deeper breakdown of the point system:
The new DBQ will have 7 Documents, and most
likely ask you a question that can have two different sides to it.
It is your job to do all of the following to get 7/7 points on your
Thesis = 1 Point (The Essay is Worth 7 Points in Total)
The exam wants you to make a defensible thesis or claim which
responds to all parts of the question. Be warned! Do not just
use the sentence they give you as your thesis. We know that
there are economic, political, and social causes for conflict. If
you get a little creative, it will help your grade.
The economic, political, and social issues of the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries created division and conflict around the world.
Although economic, political, and social divisions were similar in
that they brought about increased tensions and global conflict,
economic motivations were more powerful in that they ultimately
caused immense political and social strife.
The second thesis shows a greater level of creative and critical
thinking. Often, starting your thesis with a word like ďalthoughĒ
will send you on the right path to comparing and contrasting,
or showing continuity and change. Your thesis doesnít have to
be as elaborate as above, but this example should help you
understand critical thinking.
Evidence from the Documents = 2 Points
Mark up those documents in the 15 minute reading period! Include
only the vital bits and pieces from them. Use the clock or bring a
noiseless watch to the testing site, and keep an eye out on the
time! You should be able to write down in the margin of each
document the answers to the following:
1. What are the important and relevant details of this document?
2. Where does it fit into my essay, and how does it relate to the
history reasoning skill being targeted?
3. How can I use this information to support the argument?
Donít just quote Ö analyze and utilize the documents to support that
all-important thesis! For both points, you must
support the argument by accurately describing at least six
of the documents. Accurately describing three documents will help
you only get one point.