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  • 1. How To Do a D B Q Many of these helpful tips are courtesy of: Ms. Susan M. Pojer Horace Greeley H. S. Chappaqua, NY
  • 2. A “Dazzling” D.B.Q. Is Like a Tasty Hamburger
  • 3. The “Top Bun” of your essay! 4-6 sentences The Introductory Paragraph
  • 4.
    • 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—do NOT begin with a “flowery” sentence!
    The Introductory Paragraph
    • No “laundry list!”
  • 5. The “tasty” part of your essay! 8-12 sentences+ per paragraph The “ ” Meat ” ” Paragraphs
  • 6.
    • Identify your sub-topic or category in your 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 !! * o.i.’s = “ o utside i nformation”
    • Why were these documents selected?
    The “ ” Meat ” ” Paragraphs
  • 7. * Author - Who created the source? What is their point of view? * Place and Time -Where and when was the source produced? * Prior Knowledge - What do you already know that would further your understanding of this sources? * Audience - For whom was the source created? Does this affect the reliability of the source? * Reason - Why was this source produced at the time is was produced? * The Main Idea - What is the source trying to convey? * Significance - Why is this source important? APPARTS
  • 8.
    • Thomas Paine, in his pamphlet, Common Sense , referenced…
    • Joe Smith, a mid-Western delegate to the Republican convention in 1912 , agreed with…..
    • The 19 c historian, Frederick Jackson Turner , felt that ………………….
    NEVER begin with: In Document 3, NEVER quote the documents! How to Reference a Document in Your Essay
  • 9. The “Bottom Bun” of your essay! It holds it all together! 3-4 sentences The Concluding Paragraph
  • 10.
    • 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
  • 11. Put It All Together, And . . . .
  • 12. Ummmmm, Burger! I Mean, A Perfect Essay !
  • 13. Now, Go Home & Write Your Essay And Dazzle Me With Your Brilliance !
  • 14. YOU CAN DO IT!!