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Title: AP World History


1
AP World History
  • The three essays, thesis writing, and the WDBQ
    specifics

2
The AP Exam
  • Thursday, May 15th 2014 8 am
  • 70 Multiple choice questions (50 of AP score)
  • 55 minutes
  • 3 Essays (50 of AP score)
  • 2 hours total

3
The Three Essays
  • They are
  • Document Based Question (DBQ)
  • Comparison Essay
  • Continuity and Change Over Time (CCOT)

4
So what makes a good essay?
5
1 ? a good thesis statement do
  • Takes a stand
  • Answers the question
  • Previews the argument

6
Thesis
  • Write a thesis statement that outlines what you
    plan to address in your essay.
  • The thesis statement is not a restating of the
    question.
  • It is an introduction that includes a careful
    constructed paragraph that lays out what you will
    write about.

7
Thesis Statement
  • If your thesis statement starts , some things
    are similar and some things are different that
    is not a thesis statement.
  • If you begin to write your essay in the
    introductory paragraph, you have not written a
    good thesis statement.

8
Thesis Statement
  • Example of a good thesis statement
  • Two of the most important early civilizations
    were those of Mesopotamia and Egypt. They
    developed strong political and social systems
    that were structured around a strong emphasis on
    religion. Yet the development of both
    civilizations was shaped through each ones
    environment and resulted in two uniquely separate
    cultures.

9
Writing the Essay
  • Once you have written a strong thesis, you have
    an outline to help guide your essay.
  • Dont include details in your thesis paragraph.
    You do that in the body.
  • Conclusion needs to restate the main ideas of
    your essay.
  • In other words - tell them what you are going to
    tell them, tell them with details that support
    your thesis and sum up by a strong conclusion.

10
Document Based Question (DBQ) Essay
  • You will be given between 4 and 10 documents to
    group and analyze.
  • You will be given 10 of reading time and then 40
    minutes to write the essay
  • Documents may include maps, pictures, and charts.

11
How do you analyze the documents?
  • You must look for and state three (3) points of
    view (POVs).
  • Answer the question Why was THIS person
    producing THIS piece of information at THIS time
    or in THIS manner?

12
Document POVs
  • What is the main idea or topic being said in the
    document?
  • Why would this person be saying/creating this
    document at this time and place?
  • How does the document help me answer the question
    that is being asked?

13
Scoring the DBQ
  • There are a total of 9 points for the DBQ.
  • The basic core consists of either 6 or 7 points.
  • The expanded core will make up the rest of the
    total points.
  • YOU MUST SCORE ALL BASIC POINTS IN ORDER TO
    RECEIVE EXPANDED CORE POINTS.

14
Components of the DBQ Essay Core Points
(MANDATORY)
  • Thesis statement that is not just a restating of
    the question.
  • Using all of the documents in your essay.
  • Grouping and thoughtfully analyzing the
    documents. DONT LIST DOCUMENTS!
  • Stating the point of view/perspective on minimum
    of three (3) of the documents
  • Using the documents to support your thesis.
  • Adding an additional document that would help
    support your thesis.

15
Components of the DBQ Essay Expanded Core
  • Extremely strong thesis statement.
  • Adding more than one additional document to your
    essay.
  • Completely and thoroughly answering the question.
  • Remember, you must score all basic points in
    order to receive expanded core.
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