The Boas & Braman Experience


June 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

You have made it.  Congratulations on making it through your Junior year.  You have impressed me with your efforts.   Grades are now updated from the several assignments I collected in the last month.

Many of you improved your standing from your final exam.  While the fact that you did well collectively was in no way shocking, it was the most impressive collective effort I have ever seen on a final exam.  And the written portion of that exam is the sort of test that I wish all Americans would take – we would have a more informed electorate as a result.

IF you would like to collect your final, stop by my office today after school and grab it.  If you’d prefer, I will be in the commons for a brief spell tomorrow.  Check the Skyline web page for the times.

Enjoy your summer.  You’ve earned it.

Mr. Braman


Just to be clear…

Many of you missed the chance to pick up your Vietnam/Civil Rights Essay tests.  They are still in the classroom on the front table.  Feel free to pick them up today.

Tomorrow, June 15th PRIOR to your final exam, you may submit the critical reading AND the sample final exam questions for additional points that will count toward the exam.  Your name must be on the front.  No other materials will be collected.  No, you can’t turn them in after the test begins, nor in the afternoon, nor after you throw the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom.

Remember, as shared in class, the content mostly comes from the Sem 2- Review 2017.  The structure is the same as was mentioned earlier:

  • 70 Multiple choice questions modeled after the review from Tuesday
  • A critical reading of four or five documents
  • 10 Multiple choice questions related to readings like was modeled Wednesday
  • One written component (either complete essay or outline) responding to a question.  This question will be related to the readings.  The rubric will be below.

The rubric for top marks (13-15) is the bullets below.  Details pertinent to the use of documents are bolded.  If you’re really bored, here’s the entire rubric you will see on the test.  Hopefully, you can practice the subtle science and exact art that is the role of the historian.  I do expect that you can do it.

  • Responses are clearly focused, showing a high degree of awareness of the demands and implications of the question. Answers are well structured, balanced and effectively organized.
  • Knowledge is detailed, accurate and relevant. Events are placed in their historical context, and there is a clear understanding of historical concepts. There is effective synthesis of own knowledge and source material.  Clear References are made to the sources, and these references are used effectively as evidence to support the analysis.  
  • Arguments are clear and coherent. There is evaluation of different perspectives, and this evaluation is integrated effectively into the answer.
  • The answer contains well-developed critical analysis. All, or nearly all, of the main points are substantiated, and the response argues to a reasoned conclusion.

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