2 Thesis A good thesis does two things: 1). Specifically address the Question (answer what they’re asking “Responses to the Spread of Buddhism” NOT “Spread of Buddhism”2). Sets up the structure of the Thesis: “There were 3 main responses to Buddhism. People in China supported the spread of Buddhism (docs 1,2) , rejected the spread of Buddhism (docs 4,6) or were ambivalent about the spread of Buddhism (docs 3,5).
3 Grouping At Least 3 groups in each DBQ Groupings should be based on the different responses to BuddhismBe as specific as possible in descriptions of groupingsAre there any connections between reactions, trends or events and the historical time period?All Documents must be used at least onceDocuments can be used in more than one grouping!At least two documents in each group
4 Point-of-ViewPoint-of-View statements should analyze how aspects of the author’s character/background or time period influence their statements in the given primary source.Time-period, Background, Type of Document, class, religion, race, genderMust have at least THREE Point of View Statements
5 Point-of-View“In terms of point of view, a good essay would correctly analyze point of view in at least two documents, explaining the reasons that an author might have the opinion that he or she did or indicating how a particular factor informs the author’s point of view. It would link the position of the author to the expressed content of the document.” –from AP Central’s website
6 Tips for Writing POV Statements WHY does the author have this opinionWhat informs the author’s opinion or target audience?Is the document trustworthy? Why or why not?
7 Examples of POV Statements Unacceptable: Ralph Fitch is biased because he is British.Why this is wrong: You must go beyond a mere description of the individual and explain WHY this fact is significant in the analysis of the document.
8 Examples of POV Statements Acceptable: “As an English scholar, D’Avenant would certainly have wanted to support England’s own economic gain and any Parliamentary movement that would accomplish this.”Excellent: He Qiaoyuan, a Ming court official wrote to the emperor that the trade ban should be lifted because there are very high prices for Chinese goods on the market. His motives are suspicious since goods from his native provinces are desirable and he stands to gain from the lift of the ban, but this also shows a changing attitude of the Chinese on trade with foreigners.”----- Meeting Notes (11/21/11 09:49) -----
9 Additional Document Recommendation Need to recommend at least one additional documentMore than one could help you get into an expanded core if done correctlyDoes NOT have to be a specific author or title of documentCan be placed anywhere in your response Makes for a good conclusion
10 Question for Additional Document Whose voice is missing from this discussion? What could that additional voice tell you about the topic?Can NOT be someone who is similar to the given authors or information/POV similar to the given sources
11 Examples of Additional Document Unacceptable: “It would be good to have a document from a peasant”Does not explain WHY it would be good to hear from a peasant? How do you think a peasant might have thought about these issues differently from any of the given authors?
12 Examples of Additional Documents Acceptable: “It would help to have a document from a Japanese merchant, to see if the effects of the silver trade affected the Japanese economy as much as it did the Chinese and Spanish.”Description and explanation provided
13 Thesis Statements What Your Thesis Needs to Have: Good DBQ Thesis Statements:Takes a standAnswers the questionPreviews the argumentDetails Time and PlaceGroupingsCan be more than one sentenceWhat Your Thesis Needs to Have:TimeRegion(S)TopicGroupsPreviews (brief descriptions of groups)
14 What Your DBQ Thesis Should NOT Include: References to specific documentsQuotes from specific documents
15 Examples of Thesis Statements Unacceptable: “There were many social and economic effects of the global trade in silver around the world.”Only restates the question VagueBarely Acceptable: “The global silver trade from the mid-16th century to the early 18th century produced profound social changes in Spain, Ming China, Tokugawa Japan, England and the Netherlands, and geratly reshaped the world economy.”Ok, but so vague that it really doesn’t demonstrate a strong understanding of the topic.
16 Examples of Thesis Statements Acceptable: “The global flow of silver between 1500 and 1750 CE had many social and economic effects, such as increasing class distinctions in China and Europe, as well as hurting Spain’s economy.”More specific, with distinctions between social and economic effects.Excellent: “The increased flow of silver during the mid-16th century to the early 18th century caused social and economic effects in all regions connected with the trade by increasing the integration of Europeans in the globalization of world trade and creating greater economic opportunities but also growing social divisions within China.”Sums up different social and economic effects facing different regions, and also previews the POV several documents will be analyzed later in the essay. This thesis would likely be eligible for the “Expanded Core” as a “clear, analytical, comprehensive thesis.”
17 Outline for DBQ 1st Paragraph: INTRO: Thesis 2nd Paragraph: First Group: Document Analysis/POV/Additional Doc3rd: Second Group4th: Third Group5th: Conclusion: Restate Thesis
18 Outline for DBQ 1st Paragraph: Thesis 2nd Paragraph: First Group Additional document can go anywhere most people put it in conclusionShould have at least one POV in each body paragraphDo not analyze docs in Intro or ConclusionDo NOT refer to sources by anything other than title or author. Cite sources in Parentheses. Ex (Doc #5)Outline for DBQ1st Paragraph: Thesis2nd Paragraph: First Group3rd: Second Group4th: Third Group5th: Conclusion