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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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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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