Guidelines for the task ●Guidelines are the directions for the DBQ essay task o Expectations for your essay response to the task ●THE GUIDELINES DON’T CHANGE! o EVER! ALWAYS THE SAME! o They can help you shape or organize your essay response!
Guidelines for the task In your essay, be sure to: 1.Develop all aspects of the task 2.Incorporate information from at least four documents 3.Incorporate relevant outside information 4.Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details 5.Use a logical and clear plan of organization, including an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme
What does that mean?! How does this help me shape or organize my essay?
Develop all aspects of the task What are some synonyms for DEVELOP? ●Synonyms:
Develop all aspects of the task ●Aspects is another way of saying parts ●The unique and required parts of the essay task are always denoted by individual bullet points
Develop all aspects of the Task -This means you SPECIFICALLY and THOROUGHLY address ALL of the included bullet points There are TWO bullet points here! Make sure you address BOTH of them in your essay!
Develop all aspects of the Task Using this example - in order to achieve a score of either a 3, 4, or 5 you must: ●Pick TWO wars AND for each war: o Describe the historical circumstances that led to US involvement o Discuss the impact of the war on the US and/or another country or region
Incorporate information......from at least 4 documents ●What are some synonyms for incorporate? ●Where do you find the documents?
Incorporate information... ●Refer back to the documents ●Which documents apply to the two wars you have chosen? o In order to achieve a score of a 4 or 5, you must use them! o Make sure you have the appropriate number of documents!
Incorporate information... ●Refer to the documents specifically in your essay o “As seen in document 1b…” OR o “The United States was involved in the Korean War because (Document 1b)...”
Incorporate relevant outside information Activate prior knowledge about the specific topic! ●What are some synonyms of “relevant”?
Incorporate relevant outside information What do I know about the Korean War? ●Considering what I know, what information is relevant to the task that is NOT already found in the supporting documents? ●Can I use that information to complete or support my answer to the task?
Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details This will be fulfilled by addressing the previous two guidelines ●Incorporating relevant documents ●Incorporating relevant outside information ○ Make sure the details / facts / examples are well described and appropriate
Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details For this example: ●Including relevant details or facts beyond what is found in the documents that explain specifically why the US got involved in the Vietnam War ●Including specific facts, specific relevant details, or specific examples of how the war impacted the US or Vietnam
An example… “The Vietnam War had many political, social, and economic impacts on the USA. One political impact included a restructuring of government power. For example, the War Powers Act of 1973 (document 1a) was passed by Congress and forced the president to ask Congress for permission before committing to an armed conflict. Prior to the Vietnam War, the president, as the commander in chief, could commit to an armed conflict as he pleased.”
Organization Use a logical and clear plan of organization, including an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme ●Organization should be clear ●Follow the format of the task ●Write an original introduction and conclusion that is a full paragraph o Paragraph = 5 - 7 sentences
Organization Use the task to help you! ●Well developed intro ●Body paragraphs come from the task ●Well developed conclusion
Organization In this case - one option is to write 4 body paragraphs: ●2 on the Korean War o One for each bullet point: One paragraph on the historical circumstances leading to US involvement, one for the impact ●2 on the Vietnam War o One for each bullet point: One paragraph on the historical circumstances leading to US involvement, one for the impact
Now…. Try rewriting the GUIDELINES in your own words: