I just attended an AP workshop and heard a really good idea I would like to try out. But before I try this great new idea, I thought I would run it by all you great A to Z'ers first for your input. Please feel free to offer all helpful tips, critiques or "I tried this and it didn't work" stuff. So, here's my problem, I teach AP Euro and APUSH with 50 minutes class periods. So I have never been able to "really" simulate the writing experience of the DBQ on the AP Exam. What I have done in the past is inform all the teachers it is "writing" day in AP and students might arrive late to class. I really hate doing this for the obivous reasons of disrupting other classes, my students writing get interupted by my classes coming in and my new class beginning, forgetting to stop the remaining students at the 45 minute mark and having to write all those passes. In spite of this process, my students do very well on the writing portion of the exam and my fellow teachers don't hate me too much So, while at the workshop, another teacher mentioned how he gets around the writing problem with 50 minute class periods. He offers his students a "writing workshop" in the morning before school starts. During this writing workshop before school, he gives his students the DBQ for the 15 minute pre-write. So students would have the entire 15 minutes to plan the DBQ. He only allows for the APUSH DBQ students to write their thesis statement, outside info and work with the docs. For the AP Euro DBQ, he allows students to write their thesis statement, three groups, docs that go with the groups and POV. He doesn't allow them to begin writing any part of the exam, take any paper out of the room and of course the workshop is optional. The plus side of workshop is students now have the entire 45 minutes to write the DBQ in class. I am seriously considering this. I really can't think of a lot of negatives. What do ya'll think??