• Distance Learning: Day Forty-nine, Friday, 6/5/20

    Ed Puzzle

    Reagan, pt 1, Due today (just watch, no notes)

     

    Read and outline p. 1025-1033 (Last outline!!), Due Monday

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-eight, Thursday, 6/4/20

    Ed Puzzle

    Ronald Reagan Lesson

     

    Read and outline p. 1018-1025 (Two outlines remaining!)

    Comments (-1)
  • A note regarding Final Exam Week and grades

    Hello and I miss you all!

    Thank you to all of you for continuing to check-in and learn about our history.  So many of those themes we have learned are relevant to the events unfolding in our nation and in the world each day.

    On Monday, check here for your assignment for your "final".  We will NOT be taking a mock AP exam as we would if we were at school.  There is nothing you need to do to prepare or worry about.  Simply check back for the assignment.

    After Monday, a distance learning grade will be calculated adding the points for all the activities since Spring Break.  This will be weighted with the third quarter grade to determine your overall grade for the semester.

     Don't neglect these last assignments.  Some of you are razor close on improving to a higher grade!

     

    All the best,

    Mr. Sakonju

     

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-seven, Wednesday, 6/3/20

    Ed Puzzle:

    Late Cold War Events

    Take notes and submit

     

    Read and outline p.1011-1018 (Three outlines remaining!)

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-six, Tuesday, 6/2/20

    Ed Puzzle:

    The Century: "Starting Over"

    Just watch, no notes.

     

    Read and outline p. 1004-1011 (Four outlines remaining!)

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-five, Monday, 6/1/20

    Ed Puzzle

    Watergate, pt 2 (turn in notes afterwards)

     

    Read and outline p.995-999 (five outlines remaining!)

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-four, Friday, 5/29/20

    Ed Puzzle

    Watergate, pt 1

     

    Read and outline p. 987-995

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-three, Thursday, 5/28/20

    Ed Puzzle

    Nixon lesson (38 min)

     

    Read and outline p.981-987

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-two, Wednesday, 5/27/20

    Vietnam War, pt 7 (We turn in notes to Google Classroom today)

    Read and outline 974-980

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty-one, Tuesday, 5/26/20

    Vietnam War, pt 6 (Take notes)

    Read and outline 961-964

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  • Distance Learning: Day Forty, Friday, 5/22/20

    Vietnam War, pt 5 (Take notes)

    Read and outline 956-961 (due Tuesday, May 26)

    Submit the outlines for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday today, Friday, May 22!!!!!!

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-nine, Thursday, 5/21/20

    Vietnam War, pt 4 (take notes)

    Read and outline 950-956 (Turn in today or by Friday, May 22)

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-eight, Wednesday, 5/20/20

    Vietnam War, pt 3

     

    Read and outline 942-950 (Turn in today or by Friday, May 22)

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-seven, Tuesday, 5/19/20

    Vietnam War, pt 2 (take outline notes)

    Read and outline 935-942 (Turn in today or by Friday, May 22)

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-six, Monday, 5/18/20

    CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING THE AP US HISTORY EXAM!!!

     

    I cannot wait to see how you did.  

    Please read this entire message for instructions on this week's assignments.  For this week ONLY, I will make all the due dates to be Friday, May 22.  Because so many of you have additional AP exams this week you have the choice of doing a little every day or do the week's worth of assignments this Thursday and Friday.

     

    I will keep the daily lessons short all week!  About 25-30 minutes.  This is because of your busy AP schedules.  You are welcome!

    Next week, the assignments will have daily due dates.  We return to our "normal" routine of my teaching, you taking notes on the lesson, reading assigned pages of the text, and outlining notes on the reading.

     

    Lessons will be posted on EdPuzzle with the link provided on Google Classroom.  Take notes.  You submit notes once we complete the lesson on Google Classroom.  An assignment will be created for you to submit it when we finish the lesson.

    Lastly, everything you do will be compiled into your distance learning grade.  The distance learning grade will be factored into your overall semester grade.  Bottom line: continue completing all assignments for the next four weeks!

     

    Monday, May 18 assignments

    Vietnam War pt 1-take lecture notes

    Read and outline p.925-935 (turn in today or by Friday, May 22)

     

         

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-five, Friday, 5/15/20

    Today's the day!!!!

     

    No assignments.  Check back Monday for the next assignment (lessons on the remaining material).  Class notes.  Easy stuff.

     

    Last minute advice

    Thesis statements: 1 point

    Evaluate the relative importance of the causes of cultural change in the United States in the period from 1914 to 1945.

    To what extent did American society change during the antebellum period 1820-1860?

    Evaluate whether World War I (or Civil War or Revolutionary War) was fought primarily for economic or primarily for political reasons

     

    TASK, TOPIC, TIME PERIOD

     

    Contextualization: 1 point

    “Star Wars Scroll” concept mentioned in College Board video.  Use the Contextualization chart I sent you.  What happened before or what was going on at the time (AND is relevant).  Then, do the opposite in the conclusion!  What happened afterwards and is relevant.

     

    Documents: 3 points

    “How does the document answer the question?”  Report this answer.  Connect it to the topic sentence and the thesis.

     

    Extended analysis: 2 points (1 per document)

    Purpose and how does that purpose influence the document, audience and how does the intended audience influence what the document says, historical situation-what was happening at the time that has influenced the document, point of view and how does being a Jeffersonian, Jacksonian, religious leader, union leader, government official, worker, woman, man, white, Native American, black, rich, poor influence the document.

     

    Evidence beyond the document: 2 points

    Can you add evidence on your own?  With only five documents they are going to leave things out.  Awesome!  You can fill in the gaps!  For example, with Monday’s assignment on cultural change they didn’t have a document on European immigration (a huge impact on the era!), a document on World War I, a document on the labor unions, a specific document on nativism.  YOU add those from what you know of the time period.  You can look at the contextualization chart and get ideas from that too.  Look at the time period and see what they left out.  Then add it.  If nothing comes to you, then let the documents inspire you.  What did the documents leave out.  For example, the immigrant with the head of a bomb, doesn’t say anything about Sacco and Vanzetti or the bomb that exploded on Wall Street or the Palmer Raids, or the National Origins Act or the rise of violence between businesses and unions! 

     

    Write these like you would a document.  Explain the evidence you are adding to the argument AND then connect it to the question/topic sentence/thesis.  This can be as little as two sentences to get a point.

     

    Complexity: Don’t devote too much time on this.  Get the other points.  They are more likely to score and easier to score.  If you have time, the strategy is above.  One of the quickest ways to get this is what influence did the subject and time of the question have on the next era?

     

    What if I don’t finish?!:  No problem!  You can rack up points without finishing!

     

    Tech Problems:  Have you practiced the demo all week?  Do you have a “Safety Net Plan”?

    Is everything charged?

    Do you have a backup device/computer?

    Do you know how to use your phone as a hotspot?

    1. If kicked off during AP exam, try to get back on (use the e-ticket)
    2. If the internet is down for a long time then switch on the hotspot on the phone
    3. connect the laptop or computer to the phone's hotspot and continue
    4. or finish typing on the phone or on paper
    5. take pictures of typed work on the computer and/or paper
    6. Practice using your phone as a hotspot and as a possible method of submitting the AP test This is based on feedback from CV’s AP Government students. Some of them had tech problems and have to test in June. You may avoid that if you have a safety plan and practiced it!
    7. If everything fails, take the test in June (annoying, but you will excel on this exam either way!)

     

     

    The Night Before AP’s

    Get your materials in order (College Board checklist with important information filled in, pre-label your document with initials and collegeboard ID, you contextualization chart, any notes you want available, load up any website you want to use-be careful not to plagiarize!).

    Relax the night before the exam. Read a good book, take a hot shower, watch something you’ll enjoy. Get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed early and leave yourself extra time in the morning.

     

    From Kaplan

    THE MORNING OF THE EXAM

    First, wake up on time. Then:

    • Eat breakfast. Make it something substantial, but nothing too heavy or greasy. Relax, you got this!
    • Don’t drink a lot of caffeine, especially if you’re not used to it. Bathroom breaks cut into your time, and too much caffeine is a bad idea.  45 minutes so you probably don’t have to use the restroom.  After you check-in, you can use the restroom prior to the start.  Relax, you got this!
    • Dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperature of the testing room.
    • Read something. Warm-up your brain with a newspaper or a magazine. You shouldn’t let the exam be the first thing you read that day. Relax, you got this!
    • Be sure to log in on time. Remember!  Not before the 30-minute check-in window.  Relax, you got this!
    • Deep breathes before the exam.   Remind yourself that for five weeks you have reviewed.  Remind yourself that you learned a lot throughout the year.  Remind yourself that you know how to write these essays.  Relax, you got this!

     

    DURING THE EXAM

    Don’t be shaken. If you find your confidence slipping, remind yourself how well you’ve prepared. You know the structure of the exam; you know the instructions; you’ve had more practice than students in the past.

    If something goes really wrong, don’t panic. Use the “STOP” technique to solve the problem.  The “S” is for stop panicking.  The “T” is to think about what is your problem.  Is it the internet?  You misread the question?  The “O” is observe.  What resources do you have?  If you don’t remember something, then look it up (it’s allowed this year!), If it is a technical problem, do you need to plugin, do you need to switch to another device/computer?  The “P” is plan.  Figure out what you need to do.  Then do it and solve the problem!

     

    Worst case scenario:  for tech problems you can retake the exam in June!  Lesser case scenario: you don’t finish the essay.  No worries.  A decent score can be made with just an intro and a body paragraph or better yet two body paragraphs!

     

    AFTER THE EXAM

    You might walk out of the AP exam thinking that you blew it. This is a normal reaction. Lots of people—even the highest scorers—feel that way. You tend to remember the questions that stumped you, not the ones that you knew. Keep in mind that almost nobody gets everything correct. You can still score a 4 or 5 even if you get some multiple-choice questions incorrect or miss several points on a free-response question.

    Be confident in your preparation, and celebrate the fact that the AP exam is soon to be a distant memory!

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-four, Thursday, 5/14/20

    !! Did you receive your E-Ticket yesterday? !!  If not, look for it!

    Assignments 5/14/20

    1. Watch Mr. Sakonju’s message on Ed Puzzle.

     Period 1 link:

    https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5ebc88995ba78d3fba6bb52b/watch

     

    Period 2 link:

    https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5ebc88d607a1523fc1b4d733/watch

     

    1. 45-minute practice DBQ: Instructions- This DBQ is designed to practice for the 2020 exam. It has been cut down to 5 documents.  Try to write it at 1:00 PM (your upcoming test time on Friday).  The link of this essay is below, NOT on AP Classroom (this dbq is not available on AP classroom, so I have to give you this link), again it is NOT on AP Classroom.  It is here and Google Classroom.

    Click here for Thursday, 5/14/20 practice DBQ

    USE ONLY DOCUMENTS (B,C,D,E,H)

    Practice submitting it into the AP Demo (this is practice for you, this will not submit anything to me).  Then submit it to Google Classroom for credit.

     

    1. Shmoop Test: Instructions-Near the top of the Shmoop page there are several buttons (Dashboard, Review Topics, Drills, Videos, Practice Exams). Choose practice exams.  Then, scroll down and choose “Exam 2”.  This is a multiple-choice test that will help you figure out which subjects you are strong or “less strong” in.  Any question after 1945 you can ignore (Cold War, Civil Rights, Counter Culture, Nixon, Carter, Reagan).  Just click anything for those.

      Last minute advice

      Thesis statements: 1 point

      Evaluate the relative importance of the causes of cultural change in the United States in the period from 1914 to 1945.

      To what extent did American society change during the antebellum period 1820-1860?

      Evaluate whether World War I (or Civil War or Revolutionary War) was fought primarily for economic or primarily for political reasons

       

      TASK, TOPIC, TIME PERIOD

       

      Contextualization: 1 point

      “Star Wars Scroll” concept mentioned in College Board video.  Use the Contextualization chart I sent you.  What happened before or what was going on at the time (AND is relevant).  Then, do the opposite in the conclusion!  What happened afterwards and is relevant.

       

      Documents: 3 points

      “How does the document answer the question?”  Report this answer.  Connect it to the topic sentence and the thesis.

       

      Extended analysis: 2 points (1 per document)

      Purpose and how does that purpose influence the document, audience and how does the intended audience influence what the document says, historical situation-what was happening at the time that has influenced the document, point of view and how does being a Jeffersonian, Jacksonian, religious leader, union leader, government official, worker, woman, man, white, Native American, black, rich, poor influence the document.

       

      Evidence beyond the document: 2 points

      Can you add evidence on your own?  With only five documents they are going to leave things out.  Awesome!  You can fill in the gaps!  For example, with Monday’s assignment on cultural change they didn’t have a document on European immigration (a huge impact on the era!), a document on World War I, a document on the labor unions, a specific document on nativism.  YOU add those from what you know of the time period.  You can look at the contextualization chart and get ideas from that too.  Look at the time period and see what they left out.  Then add it.  If nothing comes to you, then let the documents inspire you.  What did the documents leave out.  For example, the immigrant with the head of a bomb, doesn’t say anything about Sacco and Vanzetti or the bomb that exploded on Wall Street or the Palmer Raids, or the National Origins Act or the rise of violence between businesses and unions! 

       

      Write these like you would a document.  Explain the evidence you are adding to the argument AND then connect it to the question/topic sentence/thesis.  This can be as little as two sentences to get a point.

       

      Complexity: Don’t devote too much time on this.  Get the other points.  They are more likely to score and easier to score.  If you have time, the strategy is above.  One of the quickest ways to get this is what influence did the subject and time of the question have on the next era?

       

      What if I don’t finish?!:  No problem!  You can rack up points without finishing!

       

      Tech Problems:  Have you practiced the demo all week?  Do you have a “Safety Net Plan”?

      Is everything charged?

      Do you have a backup device/computer?

      Do you know how to use your phone as a hotspot?

      1. If kicked off during AP exam, try to get back on (use the e-ticket)
      2. If the internet is down for a long time then switch on the hotspot on the phone
      3. connect the laptop or computer to the phone's hotspot and continue
      4. or finish typing on the phone or on paper
      5. take pictures of typed work on the computer and/or paper
      6. Practice using your phone as a hotspot and as a possible method of submitting the AP test This is based on feedback from CV’s AP Government students. Some of them had tech problems and have to test in June. You may avoid that if you have a safety plan and practiced it!
      7. If everything fails, take the test in June (annoying, but you will excel on this exam either way!)

       

       

      The Night Before AP’s

      Get your materials in order (College Board checklist with important information filled in, pre-label your document with initials and collegeboard ID, you contextualization chart, any notes you want available, load up any website you want to use-be careful not to plagiarize!).

      Relax the night before the exam. Read a good book, take a hot shower, watch something you’ll enjoy. Get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed early and leave yourself extra time in the morning.

       

      From Kaplan

      THE MORNING OF THE EXAM

      First, wake up on time. Then:

      • Eat breakfast. Make it something substantial, but nothing too heavy or greasy. Relax, you got this!
      • Don’t drink a lot of caffeine, especially if you’re not used to it. Bathroom breaks cut into your time, and too much caffeine is a bad idea.  45 minutes so you probably don’t have to use the restroom.  After you check in, you can use the restroom prior to the start.  Relax, you got this!
      • Dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperature of the testing room.
      • Read something. Warm up your brain with a newspaper or a magazine. You shouldn’t let the exam be the first thing you read that day. Relax, you got this!
      • Be sure to log in on time. Remember!  Not before the 30 minute check-in window.  Relax, you got this!
      • Deep breathes before the exam.   Remind yourself that for five weeks you have reviewed.  Remind yourself that you learned a lot throughout the year.  Remind yourself that you know how to write these essays.  Relax, you got this!

       

      DURING THE EXAM

      Don’t be shaken. If you find your confidence slipping, remind yourself how well you’ve prepared. You know the structure of the exam; you know the instructions; you’ve had more practice than students in the past.

      If something goes really wrong, don’t panic. Use the “STOP” technique to solve the problem.  The “S” is for stop panicking.  The “T” is to think about what is your problem.  Is it the internet?  You misread the question?  The “O” is observe.  What resources do you have?  If you don’t remember something, then look it up (it’s allowed this year!), If it is a technical problem, do you need to plug in, do you need to switch to another device/computer?  The “P” is plan.  Figure out what you need to do.  Then do it and solve the problem!

       

      Worst case scenario:  for tech problems you can retake the exam in June!  Lesser case scenario: you don’t finish the essay.  No worries.  A decent score can be made with just an intro and a body paragraph or better yet two body paragraphs!

       

      AFTER THE EXAM

      You might walk out of the AP exam thinking that you blew it. This is a normal reaction. Lots of people—even the highest scorers—feel that way. You tend to remember the questions that stumped you, not the ones that you knew. Keep in mind that almost nobody gets everything correct. You can still score a 4 or 5 even if you get some multiple-choice questions incorrect or miss several points on a free-response question.

      Be confident in your preparation, and celebrate the fact that the AP exam is soon to be a distant memory!

     

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-three, Wednesday, 5/13/20

    !!  Did you receive your E-Ticket for the AP Exam from College Board? !!  Check either e-mail or AP classroom.

    Assignments 5/13/20

    !!  Did you complete #1-5 from Monday? !!  Why not! We have two days.

     

    1. 45-minute practice DBQ: Instructions- This DBQ is designed to practice for the 2020 exam. It has been cut down to 5 documents.  Try to write it at 1:00 PM (your upcoming test time on Wednesday).  The link of this essay is below, NOT on AP Classroom (this dbq is not available on AP classroom, so I have to give you this link), again it is NOT on AP Classroom.  It is here and Google Classroom.

    Click here for Wednesday, 5/13/20, Practice DBQ

    ONLY USE DOCUMENTS (A, B, C, F, H)!!

    Practice submitting it into the AP Demo (this is practice for you, this will not submit anything to me).  Then submit it to Google Classroom for credit.

    1. There is NO Ed Puzzle debrief for this essay.

     

    1. Shmoop Test: Instructions-Near the top of the Shmoop page there are several buttons (Dashboard, Review Topics, Drills, Videos, Practice Exams). Choose practice exams.  Then, scroll down and choose “Exam 1”.  This is a short multiple-choice test that will help you figure out which subjects you are strong or “less strong” in.  Any question after 1945 you can ignore (Cold War, Civil Rights, Counter Culture, Nixon, Carter, Reagan).  Just click anything for those.
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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-two, Tuesday, 5/12/20

    Assignments 5/12/20

    !!  Did you complete #1-5 from yesterday? !!  If so great!

     

    ** Put a timer that counts down in front of you during the essay today!  Get used to seeing the countdown.

    Do you have a back-up for the exam?  Extra computer or device?  Have you practiced with your phone (as a last resort)?  Remember your phone could provide an alternative internet source and means to submit...just in case.  Try practicing with your phone as a safety net if Plan A (your first computer/device) and Plan B (your second computer/device) go bad.  This is based on feedback from CV's AP Gov students who tested Monday at 1:00.  A few people's computers froze.  You can send screenshots of a combination of typed and handwritten responses and not retake the test in June.

    1. 45-minute practice DBQ: Instructions- This DBQ is designed to practice for the 2020 exam. It has been cut down to 5 documents.  Try to write it at 11:00 AM (your upcoming test time on Wednesday).  The link of this essay is below, NOT on AP Classroom (this dbq is not available on AP classroom, so I have to give you this link), again it is NOT on AP Classroom.  It is here.

    Click here for the 2020 practice DBQ #2

     

    Practice submitting it into the AP Demo (this is practice for you, this will not submit anything to me).  Then submit it to Google Classroom for credit.

    1. EdPuzzle DBQ Debrief: Instructions-AFTER writing the DBQ and submitting it, watch the DBQ debrief.  Members of College Board will go over the essay and responses.  It is a great way to compare your work to others and hear the graders’ opinions.

     

    1. Shmoop Diagnostic Test: Instructions-Near the top of the Shmoop page there are several buttons (Dashboard, Review Topics, Drills, Videos, Practice Exams). Choose practice exams.  Then, scroll down and choose “Diagnostic”.  This is a short multiple-choice test that will help you figure out which subjects you are strong or “less strong” in.  Any question after 1945 you can ignore (Cold War, Civil Rights, Counter Culture, Nixon, Carter, Reagan).  Just click anything for those.

    This is to determine where to best spend your last hours of focus.

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  • Distance Learning: Day Thirty-one, Monday, 5/11/20

    AP Test Week!

    Congratulations on completing the AP review!  Past students have never had an opportunity to spend five weeks concentrating on a thorough review.  We now have the four more days to prepare. The assignments are below this list of logistical things to do.

     

    AP United States: 

     

    1. Go over and fill in the “2020 AP Exam Day Checklist”

    https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-student-exam-day-checklist.pdf

     

    1. Make sure you have practiced on the AP Demo. Have you practiced the log in?  Have you practiced submitting work?  Do you understand how much time they are allotting you (45 minutes for the question, 5 minutes to cut, paste, and submit)? 

    https://ap2020examdemo.collegeboard.org/

     

    1. Look for your e-ticket from College Board, this Wednesday, 5/13/20.

     

    1. Start waking up according to your test schedule! (This is for those of you who have been sleeping in past noon!) Check-in: 10:30 am.  Test start time: 11:00 am.  Get your body and brain acclimated for Friday.

      

    1. Write your practice essay in 45 minutes, and then go back into the AP demo and practice cutting and pasting it! WRITE YOUR PRACTICE ESSAYS AT 11:00 AM!!

    ASSIGNMENTS 5/11/20 (3 assignments), write the essay before the video. 

    1. Watch the EdPuzzle message from Mr. Sakonju

     Period 1 link:

    https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5eb8b0e2fd897a3f0fb465d6/watch

    Period 2 link:

    https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5eb8b100c11ca73f091feaa2/watch

     

    1. 45-minute practice DBQ: Instructions- This DBQ is designed to practice for the 2020 exam. It has been cut down to 5 documents.  Try to write it at 11:00 AM (your upcoming test time on Wednesday).  The link of this essay is below, NOT on AP Classroom (this dbq is not available on AP classroom, so I have to give you this link), again it is NOT on AP Classroom.  It is here.

    Click here for the 2020 Practice DBQ #1

     

    Practice submitting it into the AP Demo (this is practice for you, this will not submit anything to me).  Then submit it to Google Classroom for credit.

     

    1. EdPuzzle DBQ Debrief: Instructions-AFTER writing the DBQ and submitting it, watch the DBQ debrief.  Members of College Board will go over the essay and responses.  It is a great way to compare your work to others and hear the graders’ opinions.
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