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US History and Government August 2018 Regents Exam with Extra Help on Essays

January 11, 2019

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Julie Sandorfi

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The August 2018 New York State Regents exam in US History & Government is now available with lots of help for the thematic and DBQ essays! You can search for individual questions by level and topic. Alternatively, you can use one of our ready-to-go pre-made assignments:

  • Just the multiple-choice section of the exam
  • The full 50-question multiple-choice section together with the Thematic Essay and full DBQ set

Both options are found in Castle Learning's Public Assignments section.

Extra Help on Essays!

Check out these extra features for the Thematic Essay and DBQs:

  • The Thematic Essay contains an expanded checklist that the student sees when clicking to save his/her response. The checklist contains hints on writing the opening paragraph, a graphic organizer to help with structuring the body paragraphs to fulfill the essay tasks, and tips for formulating a conclusion.
  • Sample answers to all DBQ scaffolded questions highlight key evidence in the question documents.
  • Sample answers to all DBQ scaffolded questions show model responses in full sentences, including both factual information and analysis, along with specific suggestions on how the document can be used in the final DBQ essay tasks.
  • The DBQ essay contains a checklist with hints on writing the opening paragraph, a graphic organizer for structuring the body paragraphs to fulfill the essay tasks, and tips for formulating a conclusion. After saving his/her final response, the student can view a completed graphic organizer with full details for each portion of the essay task, including document citations and relevant outside information.

Teacher Access

Teachers can use NYS Regents exams as:

  • pre- and post-tests
  • end of course state test preparation
  • practice review throughout the year

Teachers can assign questions to students as a simple quiz without feedback, or as an open practice assignment with clickable vocabulary links, hints, reasons, and instant feedback.

Teachers can choose individual questions from specific Regents exams by creating a new assignment and using the Public Assignments tab. Exams are listed by Regents date; assignments that aren’t labeled “FULL EXAM” include only the multiple choice portions.  Scroll through the assignments to find the exam you’re looking for.  Be sure to choose the correct course name as shown below:

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Teachers can find the full Regents exams by searching the Public Assignments in the course: Social Studies –> US History and Government –> Castle Assignments –> New York as shown below:

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Click on the checkbox and then the “Import” button.  The exam will now appear on your US History and Government assignment list!

Student Self-Study Access

Students can also access the Regents exams directly. On the Student Home page, click Self-Study and set the option to Rocket Mode. Click the Regents Exam button.

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Set the option to Social Studies and look under US History and Government!

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