Presentation on theme: "Document Based Questions"— Presentation transcript:
1 Document Based Questions How to Write a DBQ!Document Based Questions
2 What is a “DBQ?” An essay that answers a specific question. An essay that cites specific documents to support the writer’s point.
3 3. Write an amazing thesis 1. Analyze the DocumentsHow to write a great DBQ2. Group the Documents5. Write an awesome DBQ!3. Write an amazing thesis4. Organize the Essay
4 1. Analyzing the Documents Source: Where from?Is that significant?What point of view or possible bias?Important facts?Inferences?Main idea?How does this document answer the question? [Which bucket does it fit into?]
5 2. Grouping/“Bucketing” Documents Group your documents into 3 “buckets”consider grouping by similar qualities, contents, or purposes.Each group is the basis of a paragraph.Use a majority of the documents to get full credit for the essay. (1/2 plus 1)Docs 2, 13Docs 1, 3, 7Docs 4, 10, 11
6 Write an AWESOME Thesis Great essays have a clear thesis statementAnswers the questionTakes a positionPreview main points“road map” of the essay (your buckets!)Think of it like a “chicken-foot”THESISPoint 3Point 2Point 1
7 Using the “Chicken Foot” Thesis is the legEach group (main point) will branch out with supporting ideas. (toes)Reason 1Carnegie was a hero (or was not, or a mixture) because…Reason 2Reason 3
8 4. Organize the DBQ Introductory Paragraph Body Paragraph Conclusion Thesis Statement!Body ParagraphDocs __, __, and __Conclusion
9 5. Write your Essay! Outline provides structure Keep the body paragraphs in the order of your thesis statementCreate an intro and conclusion!
10 The Introductory Paragraph Establish TIME & PLACE.Use a clear THESIS STATEMENT.Allude to the MAIN POINTS or categories that develop and support thesis statement(your “buckets” of documents)Focus on the question at hand—do NOT begin with a “flowery” sentence!
11 Body Paragraphs Identify 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 [60%].Be sure to indicate Point-of-view/ bias.Bring in supportive outside informationWhy were these documents selected?
12 Conclusion Start with a “concluding phrase.” Restate your thesis statement a bit differently.Put your essay answer in a larger historical perspective.