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    • How to do The DBQ
      • DBQ stands for “document based question”.
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      • The DBQ is an essay question that requires you interpret primary source documents. There are typically nine documents in a DBQ.
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      • These documents will include many if not all of the following:
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      • Newspaper articles
      • Editorials
      • Letters
      • Diaries
      • Speeches
      • Legislation
      • Political cartoons
      • Charts
      • Graphs
    • Time Frame
      • All of the documents will pertain to one certain subject.
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      • The one hour long DBQ is administered after the multiple choice section of the AP Exam.
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      • You will have 15 minutes to look at the documents and 45 minutes to write the essay.
    • Is there a right way to answer?
      • No! DBQ’s are worded in such a way that you can argue a number of different positions. Typically the questions are historiographical.
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      • Historiographical: a topic that historians have been debating for a number of years.
      • Students will be evaluated on their ability to interpret such factors as purpose, source, bias, date and place of origin, tone, etc.
    • Do not give the reader a reason to stop and question something that you have written.
    • Outside Information
      • You need to be able to incorporate your own knowledge, outside of what is presented in the documents, to support your answer.
      • Some students make the mistake of throwing everything they know into the essay whether it pertains to the topic or not.
    • 4-6 sentences The Introductory Paragraph
      • Establish TIME & PLACE .
      • Create a clear, THESIS STATEMENT . [underline or highlight it!]
      • Allude to the SUB-TOPICS or categories you will discuss to support your thesis statement
      • Focus on the question at hand.
    • 8-12 sentences+ per paragraph The Paragraphs
      • Identify your sub-topic or category in the first sentence.
      • Include the documents that are relevant to support the ideas in the paragraph.
      • Use most of the documents given.
      • Bring in supportive outside information.
      • This is critical !!
      • 5. Why were these documents selected?
      • Attribution  Who is this person?
      • Why might they be significant?
      • What is the point of view (POV) of the author?
      • How reliable and accurate is the source?
      • What is the tone or intent of the document author?
      • What other information does this document call to mind? Use all available clues.
      Questions to Ask Yourself About the Documents
      • Thomas Paine, in his pamphlet, Common Sense , said: “………………….”
      • Joe Smith, a mid-Western delegate to the Republican convention in 1912 , agreed with…..
      • The 19 c historian, Frederick Jackson Turner , felt that …………………. (Doc. E)
      NEVER begin with: In Document 3, … How to Reference a Document in Your Essay
    • 3-4 sentences The Concluding Paragraph
      • Start with a “concluding phrase.”
      • Restate your thesis statement a bit differently .
      • Put your essay answer in a larger historical perspective.
      • End of some trend/movement/idea, etc.
      • Beginning of some trend/movement/idea
      • End of one & beginning of another.
      • Do NOT end on the note that this is the reason we are where we are today!
      The Concluding” Paragraph
      • ¶ 1  sub-topic title
        • Information from a document
        • Information from another document
        • Some outside information
        • Different info. from the same document
      • ¶ 2  sub-topic title
        • Information from a document
        • Some outside information
        • Some outside information
        • Information from another document
      Outline Format