How to Nail the DBQ


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A brief presentation on the method for writing the document based question for the AP World History exam.

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How to Nail the DBQ

  1. 1. Document Based Question WRITE TO GET A NINE
  2. 2. What do I need to know about history? <ul><li>Nothing. </li></ul><ul><li>You do not need to know much of anything about history to do well on this part of the exam. </li></ul><ul><li>The more you know the better your essay will be, but it is still possible to get a 9 without knowing much at all. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Information <ul><li>ALL the information you will need to complete your essay is contained in the documents. </li></ul><ul><li>It is your job to organize , interpret , and analyze these documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing the DBQ (Document Based Question) is a skill and like all other skills, it can be learned </li></ul>
  5. 5. First 10 minutes <ul><li>Reading and organizing time, i.e. you cannot write in your little pink essay booklet. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend this 10 minutes working on the DBQ, since this essay requires the most reading and prep. time. </li></ul>
  6. 6. First 10 minutes – Understanding the Question <ul><li>First, read the question (prompt). Underline the words that are most related to your task. (Think PERSIaN, usually) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Using the documents, analyze the social and economic effects of the global flow of silver from the mid-16 th century to the 18 th century. Explain how another type of document would help you analyze the effects of the flow of silver bullion in this period” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. First 10 minutes – Understanding the Question <ul><li>What did you underline? </li></ul><ul><li>I underlined </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global-flow of silver </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These key words will be a unifying link throughout the essay </li></ul><ul><li>The timeframe is unimportant because all of the documents will deal with that time. </li></ul><ul><li>The other document is important but not just yet… </li></ul>
  8. 8. First 10 minutes – Understanding the Question <ul><li>You are being asked to show how the flow of silver all over the world effected peoples lives (social) and the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Did you get that from your analysis of the question? </li></ul>
  9. 9. First 10 Minutes – Historical background <ul><li>1 st – Underline key words in the question </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd – Read the historical background (it’s on the next slide) </li></ul>
  10. 11. First 10 minutes – Historical Background <ul><li>The historical background sets the scene for the documents </li></ul><ul><li>But the essay “is not a scene it’s an arms race” and you get no points for bringing in the background information. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the big guns, the documents. </li></ul><ul><li>You are to use the documents in your essay NOT the background information!! </li></ul>
  11. 12. First 10 minutes – Document reading and analysis <ul><li>1 st – Underline question </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd – Read background </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd – Read the documents </li></ul><ul><li>Read ALL information in the document, including the source (it becomes important later) </li></ul>
  12. 13. First 10 minutes – Analysis of documents <ul><li>Use the margins to write notes, underline key phrases and begin to organize your documents into categories. </li></ul>X N X X I/a X X X X X X S* X R X X X X X E* X X X X P 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  13. 14. First 10 minutes – Re-Read the question <ul><li>1 st – Underline the question </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd – Read the background </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd – Read the documents and start making categories </li></ul><ul><li>4 th – Re-read the question to make certain you are on the right path. </li></ul>
  14. 15. But I’m slow <ul><li>Welcome to pressure! There is no time to be slow but if you go a couple minutes over the 10 it’s all right. </li></ul><ul><li>Just make sure you’re not going more that 15 or 16 minutes because you will be taking time from other essays. </li></ul>
  15. 16. How it’s scored… Total Possible Points 9 Possible expanded core points 2 Subtotal for all basic points 7 Analyzes documents by grouping them in two or three ways 1 ID’s and explains the need for an appropriate additional document or source 1 Analyzes POV in at least 2 documents 1 Supports thesis “ ” all but one document (1) Supports thesis with appropriate evidence from all the documents 2 Understands the basic meaning of documents (may mess up one) 1 Has acceptable thesis 1 Task Points
  16. 17. Do you have a thesis? <ul><li>You have to have one to start out right. </li></ul><ul><li>An AP reader can tell in moments if your essay is going to be strong or not. </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis can be more than one sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis must include specific information that responds to the question. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Good thesis has two parts… <ul><li>Specifically address the terms of the question </li></ul><ul><li>Sets up the structure for the rest of your essay (Specific information) </li></ul>
  18. 19. Evidence to support the thesis <ul><li>You must analyze the documents not just list them. </li></ul><ul><li>List: “The global flow of silver hindered the development of indigenous peoples as can be seen in documents 4, 5, and 8. </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis: “The global flow of silver hindered the development of indigenous people in several ways. The subjugation and forced labor of the natives in the South American silver mines (doc 4) did not allow them to develop socially because they could not participate in any native institutions. The mass slaughtering of the Japanese (doc 5) shows how oppressive the government was under Tokogowa; people had become afraid to interact and did not develop at the same rate of their European counterparts… </li></ul>
  19. 20. Pictures <ul><li>Analyze the pictures to the same degree you analyze the documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember a picture is worth a thousand words </li></ul>
  20. 21. POV <ul><li>Point of View </li></ul><ul><li>1) Does the occupation of the author give the doc more reliability? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Class, religion, national background or gender influence what is mentioned? </li></ul><ul><li>Type of document effect the content? Journal, private letter, public address. </li></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul><ul><li>Intended audience </li></ul><ul><li>Tone (sarcastic, triumphant, haughty, etc.) </li></ul>
  21. 22. Remember your groupings <ul><li>At least one more group than they ask for but no less than 3. </li></ul><ul><li>The more groups the better (as long as it doesn’t stink) </li></ul><ul><li>One document can be in more than one grouping. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Additional document <ul><li>Every grouping needs an additional document or more. </li></ul><ul><li>What type of document, who wrote it (general, no names), why would it be useful. </li></ul><ul><li>“ An additional document by a Chinese merchant that describes the manner in which trade was conducted would be helpful because it would give insight into how the flow of silver was effecting this class of people.” </li></ul>
  23. 24. Outline <ul><li>Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Group One </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents supporting thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>POV on one doc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional doc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group Two </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents supporting thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>POV on one doc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional doc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group Three </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents supporting thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>POV on one doc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional doc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  24. 25. Start of with these basics and you’re well on your way to a nine!