Tasks connected to a historial stimulus will constitute approximately seventy five percent of the new exam.By way of comparison, the percentage of stimulus items on the current exam is twenty to twenty-five percent.
The change in content for the new 2016-2017 course redesign is not really that significant, but as you can see in the chart below, the assessment is a different story.
I have written elsewhere about the importance of teaching and drilling the Historical Thinking Skills into students’ heads.
Caused by underprivileged individuals’ desires for better lives and plantations’ need for labor to meet the growing demand for resources, indentured servitude had a negative impact on the world by altering global demographics and forcing servants to face arduous living and working conditions.
Indentured servitude, like slavery, was necessary in order to meet growing demands for labor, although indentured servants were not seized by violence and ultimately aimed to better their lives.
Moreover, Document 7 demonstrates that servants faced tedious, laborious lifestyles, often working several hours a day, six days a week for little in return.
Contradicting Document 7, Document 8 presents a hardworking female servant expressing her discontent with her lifestyle.Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the new exam is the addition of 4 Short Answer Questions (SAQs) graded on a three point scale.Individual questions will consist of a few straightforward tasks each graded in a binary manner; the student will get the point or they won’t.Due to both her low status and her gender, she is subject to even greater discrimination within the plantation; thus she is treated very unfairly, working longer hours for even less pay than others.Access to a journal kept by a servant would provide for a more thorough view on the hardships of being indentured.A graph or chart recording the migrations’ effects on native societies’ populations would globalize the view of its effects.Indentured servitude called for many immigrants to work under unfair policies and arduous conditions.Documents 3, 4, 6, and 9 illustrate the influx of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese servantsinto areas in Africa, Latin America and the Polynesian islands.Although this allowed for cultural diversity in areas such as the Americas, these migrations caused somewhat of an imbalance in regional populations.One or two sentences will suffice in answering each task and you can count on at least half of the SAQs having stimulus items. So how to prepare students for these questions given the absence of so few examples from the College Board?The good news is that all those previous DBQs are loaded with great stimulus items that can be disassembled and repackaged as practice SAQs.