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Welcome to APUSH September 5 th 2013. Do Now…. Thesis writing Step 1 What is the Question Asking me to do? (rephrase question). This step is imperative for student success Common words used in questions that students should know: To what extent? (asking how much, never 100% or 0%

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Welcome to apush september 5 th 2013

Welcome to APUSHSeptember 5th 2013

Do Now….


Thesis writing step 1 what is the question asking me to do rephrase question

Thesis writingStep 1 What is the Question Asking me to do? (rephrase question)

  • This step is imperative for student success

    • Common words used in questions that students should know:

      • To what extent? (asking how much, never 100% or 0%

      • Analyze (asking how and why) College Board Definition : “to separate into constituent parts or elements, to determine the elements or essential features of.

      • Impact (analyze the impact) short and long term effects or changes

      • Significance- importance (why does this matter)

      • Compare and Contrast

      • Explain- to make clear or plain to make known in detail (college board definition)

      • Interpret- explain the meaning of

      • Assess the validity (evaluate)- how is this true? Provide evidence or counter evidence to the claim. (this is a very common one)

      • Justify- present evidence to show good reason for

      • Discuss- to talk over, to write about, to consider or examine (there is usually a follow up question to guide the “discussion”


Step 2 brainstorm

Step 2- brainstorm

  • This is where content knowledge comes into play

  • Goal is to come up with at least 10 terms to get students to be thinking how to tackle the question


Step 3 organize concepts

Step 3 Organize Concepts

  • How can you group your evidence evidence?

  • Are you being asked about two different topics or time frames? Can they be categorized? Are there similarities or differences?


Step 4 create your thesis statement

Step 4- Create your Thesis Statement

  • A thesis statement is one sentence (can be a lengthy one).

  • Use these questions to assess the validity of your statement…

    • Does the thesis attempt to answer the question

    • Do you have a defensible thesis

    • Does it ATFQ? ( answer the FULL question)

    • Did you narrow the scope (provide pramaters)

    • Is there a clear roadmap for the essay

    • Is the WHOLE time period covered?


Step 5 write the essay

Step 5- Write the Essay

  • Intros should follow the 2+1+1 model

  • Start with 2 background sentences to set the stage (better than repeating the question)

  • State 1 sentence which clearly states your thesis and position

  • State one sentence that will indicate how your essay will be organized (the roadmap)


Now lets practice with the following question

Now lets practice with the following question..

  • Analyze the origins of slavery in North America.

  • Focus only on the Intro and thesis for now


Homework

Homework

  • Chapter 3 terms due Monday, along with a draft of essay.

  • We will use this draft to compare to AP rubric next week, then you will revise it for a grade the following week.


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