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📓 Writing a long essay question with a short time limit and 6 points to get can be stressful and confusing, but it doesn't have to be! Once you break down each point and have a strategy to earn them, you can write LEQs effectively and efficiently.
👀 Something you may have noticed about the in-depth rubric is the somewhat vague 6th point. In order to earn this point, you must demonstrate a 'complex understanding' of the historical development you are writing about. The rubric says that you can discuss both sides of an argument, or explore both sides of a prompt to get the point, but if you're like me that ends up being 3 pages of nonsensical rambling. So is there a way to get that 6th point easier?
💡Yes! You'll notice one way the rubric outlines getting the 6th point is "Explaining relevant and insightful connections within and across periods." This means that you compare the trend, event, theme, or whatever you are writing about another trend, theme, etc. from a different time period.
📚 For example, let's say you're writing an essay about American isolationism after WWI. To get the 6th point, you could bring up George Washington's farewell address, and use it to compare America's isolationist views toward foreign affairs across time periods. This is a quick, yet insightful connection that is much simpler than trying to explore two arguments.
📍While I found this to be the easiest way to earn the complex understanding point, if you feel confident that you have enough evidence to earn it through any of the other ways the rubric outlined, go for it! You'll never know what a grader will or will not count, so it certainly does not hurt to try to earn this point (and some of the other points) multiple times in your essay. Good luck with APUSH, have fun learning history, and remember. . .
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