History Essay Workshop
On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Meredith Noah and Jessica Newman
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
History Essay Writing (DBQ/LEQ)
Your College Board trained Instructors:
Meredith Noah firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Newman- email@example.com
This course is recommended for all students planning to enroll in an Advanced Placement History course. Both instructors are AP Readers, trained by College Board leadership to score both the DBQ (Document Based Question) and LEQ (Long Essay Question) essays using a common rubric for AP European History, AP World History Modern and AP United States History.
Exam Description (as per the College Board): The AP history courses seek to apprentice students to the practice of history by emphasizing the development of disciplinary practices and skills while learning historical content. Students best develop these practices and skills by investigating the past through the exploration and interpretation of a rich array of primary sources and secondary texts and through the regular development of historical argumentation in writing. Every AP Exam question will assess one or more of these practices and skills.
In this workshop, students will be taught the specific skills needed to write a successful essay using the College Board rubric, receiving detailed feedback from Ms. Noah and Mrs. Newman. The following essay types will be addressed:
- DBQ- Document Based Question (7 points)- create a contextualization statement relevant to the prompt, create a historically defensible thesis/claim that establishes a line of reasoning, use the content of the documents to address the topic of the prompt, use the documents to support an argument in response to the prompt, provide an additional piece of historical evidence relevant to an argument about the prompt, and demonstrate a complex understanding of the historical development that is the focus of the prompt using evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the question.
- LEQ- Long Essay Question (6 points)- create a contextualization statement relevant to the prompt, create a historically defensible thesis/claim that establishes a line of reasoning, use historical reasoning (e.g. comparison, causation, CCOT) to frame or structure an argument that addresses the prompt, demonstrate a complex understanding of the historical development that is the focus of the prompt, use evidence to corroborate, qualify, or modify an argument that addresses the question.
Workshop Dates & Schedule
Pre-Reading on WWI will be assigned prior to the workshop. It will need to be completed by June 15th*
Friday June 12 Optional “Opening Night” Zoom with Ms. Noah & Mrs. Newman
Week 1: June 15 – 19 (DBQ): Videos on each skill, samples of each element, threaded discussion Q & A through the week, optional Live Zoom, DBQ assigned. Students will receive detailed feedback and recommendations for improvement.
Week 2: June 22- 26 (DBQ): Video on skills/suggestions based on week 1, Student sample of DBQ, running threaded discussion Q & A Through the week, optional Live Zoom, DBQ assigned. Students will receive detailed feedback and a score based on the College Board rubric.
Reading on WWII during week 2 to be completed by June 29*
Week 3: June 29 - July 3 (LEQ): Videos on each skill, samples of each element, threaded discussion Q & A through the week, optional Live Zoom, LEQ assigned, Students will receive detailed feedback and recommendations for improvement.
Week 4: July 6 – July 10 (LEQ): Video on skills/suggestions based on week 1, Student sample of LEQ, running threaded discussion Q & A Through the week, optional Live Zoom, LEQ assigned. Students will receive detailed feedback and a score based on the College Board rubric
Optional “Closing Night Zoom” with Ms. Noah & Mrs. Newman one week later, since all feedback will be completed – to answer any questions Wednesday July 15
* World War I and World War II are on the curriculum for all three AP History courses, which is why Ms. Noah and Mrs. Newman selected these as focus areas for this workshop.
Workshop fee: $150. This is a non credit course. Students will receive a certificate of completion, provided they participate in 75% of the assigned work.
Minimum number of students- 5 Maximum number of students- 30
There is no application for this workshop
Meredith Noah- Ms. Meredith Noah, a New Jersey native, has been teaching AP European History since 1999. She received her B.A. in History at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she also became an accredited Social Studies teacher for grades 6-12. Ms. Noah earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in European History from Rutgers University and has 30 additional graduate credits in Educational Technology from Colorado State University. Ms. Noah is a very involved participant in the AP community. She has been an AP Reader since 2010, scoring thousands of DBQ essays, Long Essay Questions (LEQs) and Short Answer Questions (SAQs). With the experience of being trained by the College Board, Ms. Noah has been able to teach the specific skills needed to write well for the exam, which has resulted in consistently strong scores well above the national average, and as recently as 2019, 100% of her students successfully passed the AP exam, with 80% earning 4s and 5s. Additionally, Ms. Noah is the founder and administrator for the largest secure collaborative community for AP European History teachers online, with over 2,000 active teacher members. She also organizes an online AP review consortium with other AP Readers for students through Google Hangouts as well as Zoom. In addition to AP European History, Ms. Noah has taught World Civilizations and American History in the same brick & mortar public school district since the 1998-1999 school year.
Jessica Newman- Mrs. Jessica Newman is from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, Alabama, USA) with a Bachelor of Arts in History and in 2004, a Masters in Education from the University of Montevallo. In 2012, Mrs. Newman graduated with a Masters in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama, USA). In 16 years of teaching, she has taught Modern World History, Modern U.S. History, AP European History, Comparative World Religions and Current Events, AP World History, AP World History Modern, and Speech/Debate. In 2015, she passed the English/Language Arts PRAXIS. Mrs. Newman has also been an AP European History Reader for four years along with online AP review collaborations with fellow AP Euro teachers such as Ms. Meredith Noah. She also is in her first year of teaching AP World History Modern with PA Homeschoolers AP Online program.
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