Writing the LEQ is more straightforward than you think. 

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Here are some quick tips:

The Basics

  1. There is one LEQ to be written in 40 minutes.
  2. You can choose between 3 prompts. Each prompt has the same theme (economic, political, etc) and same skill, but different time periods.

The Rubric: LEQs are graded on a scale of 6 points

  1. Thesis/Claim (1 pt): Responds to the prompt with a historically defensible claim. ANSWER THE PROMPT!  “Railroads supported empire-building by __________ and___________, BUT they undermined it by ________________."
  2. Contextualization (1 pt): Describes a broader historical context relevant to the prompt. Think of what happened in the years/centuries leading up to the prompt. Big events like global wars, trends, patterns, etc. You MUST connect this to the prompt.
  3. Evidence (2 pts): Provides specific historical examples to support an argument. These are specific people, places, events, etc. Explain your term and then connect it to your argument.
  4. Historical Reasoning (1 pt): Uses comparison, causation, or CCOT to address prompt. Prompts can be answered using any skill, but choose one and stick to it!
  5. Complexity (1 pt): Demonstrates a complex understanding of the development. This is holistic! You should weave a counter-argument throughout your essay.

Fiveable's LEQ Outline:

  1. Intro paragraph - 3-4 sentences of context to explain background information and relate it directly to the topic of the prompt. 1-2 sentence thesis statement that restates prompt + provides an argument. See frame above ^^. 
  2. Body Paragraph #1 - Topic sentence to intro one part of your argument. Explain a piece of evidence to back you up and connect that evidence directly to your argument. Explain another piece of evidence. Include a sentence to sum up your argument and another sentence to provide the counterclaim.
  3. Body Paragraph #2: Repeat ^^
  4. Body Paragraph #3: This whole paragraph should be your counterargument. Even though ____, _____. Give 2x evidence and explain to directly connect to prompt.
  5. Conclusion Paragraph: Sum up your argument including counterargument. Re-word your thesis. You can earn the thesis here if the one in the intro wasn't strong enough. 
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