Since Monday, I’ve been grading the Spanish and English Colonization essays. I’ve graded about half of them and I’ve notice that many students are not receiving credit for thesis statements. Most of the students that did not receive credit for their theses simply restated the essay prompt. In my eyes, this should be a guaranteed point for them.
Using the PowerPoint, APUSH Review- The Thesis Statement, I explained the structure I want them to use for their intro paragraphs and thesis. I like the idea of using 2-3 background sentences in the intro paragraph, which if done correctly, could count for Contextualization points. When I was done showing them what a good thesis statement looks like for their essay, I had them try one on their own with a new topic. I called on a few brave souls that were willing to share their writing with the class and gave them feedback.
I wanted to give my students more practice with multiple-choice so I took seven questions (based off of two documents) from the APUSH Practice Exam. I spent extra time on two of the questions that students struggled with. At the beginning of every year I’m reminded that students struggle with the new format of multiple-choice questions since they have not had exposure to them until now.
I plan on having tomorrow be a review day in class for the Periods 1 & 2 test. I gave students a flashcard and told them to write down at least two terms/people/events/etc. that they would like me to review tomorrow. Usually when I do this, I see a lot of the same terms on the flashcards. I will makeg a PowerPoint tonight based on these terms.
HW for Friday: Periods 1 & 2 Review Sheets, Test
Have a good day!