This is what contextualization aims to do in student essays.
It sets the stage for their thesis, evidence, and argument that is to follow.
Lee, who had commanded the forces that retook Harper’s Ferry.
Lee was even personally asked by Winfield Scott to assume field command of the Army of the Potomac.
While essentially the same skill, historical context focuses on one specific document’s background.
[bctt tweet=”Contextualization refers to putting the entire essay into a broader context.”] One of the biggest pitfalls that prevent students from earning the contextualization point is that they are too brief or vague.
One of the more significant changes is to the structure of one essay on the AP exam, the Document Based question (DBQ).
The rubric for the DBQ was previously a more holistic essay that combined a strong thesis, and use of documents and outside information to support the argument.
Before the movie starts, the film begins with “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and continues with background information on the characters, events, and other information that is crucial to understanding the film.
Without this context, the viewer would not know what is going on, and might miss key events or be lost throughout the film.