- Students will be able to construct an AP-Style Long Essay using resources from Unit 4 of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness to practice constructing a historical argument.
- Students will be able to analyze the AP Long-Essay Rubric to reflect on their own skills in the context of the AP Exam.
Students review Handout A: Long Essay Rubric.
Remind students that this rubric is used for scoring all Long-Essay Questions on the exam and they should craft their response with these criteria in mind.
Address any student questions on rubric categories.
Clarify any questions on what each prompt is asking.
After brainstorming time has passed, announce that students should now begin writing their essay. It is suggested you time students at this point in the year so they become used to writing for a deadline. Students should use approximately 35 minutes to plan and write their essay.
After the teacher has had the opportunity to evaluate student essays on the basis of the rubric, students should be provided with the opportunity to reflect on their writing progress and set intentional goals for growth, using Handout C: Writing Reflection.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
In our resource history is presented through a series of narratives, primary sources, and point-counterpoint debates that invites students to participate in the ongoing conversation about the American experiment.