explain relationships among the pieces of evidence provided in the response and how they corroborate
For the long essay question, a good response should:
n contain an evaluative thesis that establishes the student’s argument and responds to the
question. The thesis should make a claim that addresses the skill indicated in the question.
The thesis must consist of one or more sentences located in one place, either in the
introduction or the conclusion. Neither the introduction nor the conclusion is necessarily
limited to a single paragraph.
n explain how a relevant historical context influenced the topic addressed in the question.
It should also relate the topic of the question to broader historical events, developments,
or processes that occur before, during, or after the time frame of the question. This
explanation should consist of more than merely a phrase or a reference.
n use historical reasoning to explain relationships among the pieces of evidence provided in
the response and how they corroborate, qualify, or modify the argument, made in the thesis,
that addresses the entirety of the question.