How to write an essay for a history exam

 

Quiz for Essay Strategy

Storyboard for the final project

 

This is a lesson I have given to my college students or 12th year classes in preparation for college work. I don’t teach English, I teach in the English language. During a two-three hour exam, students don’t have the luxury of writing several drafts of an essay, re-writing, and revising. I applaud correct spelling, good grammar, and all of the other elements that go into writing the “perfect” essay response, but not at the expense of the content. I don’t give essay questions to harass my students, although I’m sure you might get an argument from some of my old students on that point, no, I give them because I want to know what they have learned and retained. I hope some teacher out there or maybe even a curious student, might find this useful.