SUGGESTED CONSTRUCTION FOR APUSH ESSAYS 

 

I. Introduction

       A. Thesis: the thing that is going to be proven using historical facts - often requires you to take a position

       B. Organizational statement with broad areas or topics to be covered - argument that support your position:

          (1) _________________________

          (2) _________________________

            (3)__________________________

NOTE:  For a top score, you should have a minimum of three sentences.

II. Topic sentence - argument (1) or topic (1)

Evidence:(3 relevant historical facts to support the topic sen.)

     A. ____________________________

     B. ____________________________

     C. ____________________________

     Transition sentence:

  III. Topic sentence - argument (2) or topic (2)

Evidence:(3 relevant historical facts to support topic sentence)

     A. ____________________________

     B. ____________________________

     C. ____________________________

     Transition sentence:

  IV. Topic sentence - argument (3) or topic (3)

Evidence:(3 relevant historical facts to support topic sentence)

     A. ____________________________

     B. ____________________________

     C. ____________________________

     Transition sentence:

  V. Conclusion

       A. Summary of paragraphs II, III, and IV.  Wrap up the evaluation, analyzation, comparison or whatever you have been asked to do.

 

     B. Be consistent in you interpretation.  Avoid contradicting your thesis, but acknowledge conflicting evidence.

       C. Try to make your conclusion compelling. Make the reader wish you had more time to write!  However, if you donít have enough time and have to choose between more facts in the body of your paper and writing a good conclusion, USE MORE FACTS.

  MORE ADVICE - Dates in a question are significant.  Donít ignore them!

  Answer the question - ALL parts of the question. Balance matters.