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Tips for FRQ s. underline the main words. As you read the prompts, underline the main words ( terms, vocab) and Verbs you’ll be doing. (what are you supposed to do: identify, define, explain, exemplify ?). Write down any key ideas. as they come to you as you read the prompt. 

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    1. Tips for FRQ s

    2. underline the main words • As you read the prompts, underline the main words (terms, vocab) and • Verbs you’ll be doing. • (what are you supposed to do: identify, define, explain, exemplify?)

    3. Write down any key ideas • as they come to you as you read the prompt.  • For example, if the topic is on the constitutional amendments, if “super majority” comes to your head, write it down.

    4. PRE-WRITE • Even if you THINK you know every part of the FRQ you’re about to write on, by the time you are in the middle, you’ll forget points you want to make. 

    5. write down the definition ON YOUR PREWRITE • If you are asked to define something, write down the definition ON YOUR PREWRITE.  • Chances are it sounds weird when you first write it down, but you can clarify it better on your final draft.

    6. CLARITY and THoROUGHNESS • Writing the FRQ for A.P. American Government test is about CLARITY and THOROUGHNESS.  • When you think an example will help, use an example.  • They don’t care if you got all the names and dates right • they care if you know your stuff.

    7. prove you have AMPLE knowledge • Your job is to prove you have AMPLE knowledge at the topic at hand.  • Readers don’t care whether or not you know the difference between block and categorical grants if the prompt is asking you to write about constitutional amendments.

    8. ANSWER THE QUESTION ASKED • Nothing else matters. • Don’t label the parts.