Bob Patterson Social Studies Writing Workshop

This course will be conducted online, using a distance learning format.

Course Description

Writing is a process that is central to learning, not only because of its usefulness for academic success and employability, but also because of the innate satisfactions related to discovering and controlling ideas. If you would like to develop your writing skills in any of the following areas, please consider registering for this one-week workshop:

  • Deconstructing essay questions in order to understand their complexity and depth.
  • Creating thesis statements that fully answer the question asked.
  • Incorporating specific detailed examples to support assertions.
  • Understanding the basic rules and procedures of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate writing assignments.
  • Gathering the skills necessary to do well in advanced social studies classes.
  • Implementing the seven major historical thinking skills as emphasized by the AP and IB redesigned courses.

List of 5 items.

  • Grades

    Rising 10-12
  • Dates

    • Session 1: Monday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 21 (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)  
    • Session 2: Monday, July 26 -  Wednesday, July 28 (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)  
  • Cost

  • Location

    Online ZOOM Video Conferencing
  • Instructor

    Bob Patterson,

About the Instructor

Mr. Patterson is Head of the Social Studies Department and teaches Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement Government, and International Baccalaureate Higher Level Economics, among other courses. Mr. Patterson currently serves as an Early Table Leader for the College Board AP US History examination.  In this role, he creates the rubrics used to grade the Document Based Question and Long Free Response essay questions, trains the table leaders that train the graders of the exams and also serves as a table leader himself. Mr. Patterson also serves as a moderator (a grader for the International Baccalaureate program) for the Higher Level Economics exam and a moderator of the IB Extended Essay, a four thousand word research paper.

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