I know I said I would be happy to help students learn to write. I was serious. But today, I’m marking ID paragraphs. If you teach History, you know the drill — 2-3 sentences, max., that answer Who, What, Where, When, and So What (Historical Significance). It’s formulaic. I hand out a set of terms a week ahead of the exam — maybe 20-30, all of which they should know anyway, because they are directly from the readings, except for maybe two that I’ve gone over in class at least twice.
Here’s the thing — in most of the cases, studying the ID list should give the stuents information they can use in the essays. Also, you just learn the damned things. Put them on index cards and memorize that shit, people! Easy points! So far, the highest score out of 20 is 14. With this part, I cannot help them. Except maybe to tell them to write the things down and make sure they put all of the pertinent information and learn it. *sigh*