Essential Skills





Describe similarities and/or differences between different historical developments or processes. 

Explain relevant similarities and/or differences  between specific historical developments and processes. 

Explain the relative historical significance of similarities and/or differences between different historical developments or processes.

Where you prove that you can do this on the exam Long Essay, The DBQ, Short Answer, and Multiple Choice

How we do this...

Socratic Seminar...this is why we read Zinn and Schweikart

Graphic Organizers, Cornell Notes, Practice Essays...


Set Up the Page


WHEN: Beginning of class

Step 1: Set up your page

  Use this card set up your paper like this:


 Note Taking

- Organize  Notes


WHEN: During lectures, movies, or while reading

Step 2: Organize Notes on the Right Side of the Cornell Note Line

  Take notes while listen to a lecture, watching a film or reading a textbook

  Listen to and take notes in your own words - paraphrase what is heard; use symbols

  Leave space for future revision by skipping lines between ideas

  Abbreviate words and use different pen colors for separate ideas


Note Making

- Review, Revise, Interact


WHEN: After class or lesson upon completion of reading, or after movie ends

Step 3: Review, Revise, Interact with Notes

  Use the left column to:

o    Identify main ideas; label with MI:

o    List key vocabulary words; label with V:

o    Write questions you have for your teacher or questions you think might appear on the test; label with Q:

o    Synthesize material by identifying connections to other events, time periods, or concepts; label with S:

o    Explain the significance of material by linking it to AP Themes/Topics (T:), noting if it is a change or continuity (C/C), identifying similar or different to other regions, time periods, theories, or topics (S/D), or explain how it caused or resulted from other topics discussed in class (C/E)

o    Draw pictures to help you understand or remember the concepts

o    Write your reactions, inferences, interests, or opinions of the material in the notes

Note Interacting

- Link Learning


WHEN: While studying for quizzes or tests

Step 4: Link Learning to Create a Synthesized Summary

  Review the Essential Question(s), GPS Standard, Material to Master, AP Key Concept or AP Themes for this lesson. These should be the focus of the summary.

  Review notes taken or right, key ideas and questions written on the left side

  Bring together the main ideas to write the summary, be sure it includes answers to the questions on the left side


Note Reflecting

- Study Tool


WHEN: While preparing for unit tests, finals, essays and AP Exams

Step 5: Use Completed Cornell Notes as a Learning Tool

  Review notes and use as a study tool before major exam or when writing an essay

  Use as a reference tool in Socratic Seminar or class discussion