2 What is the DBQ? Document Based Questions 22.5% of exam 15 minutes mandated for reading all of the questions in Section II: 115 self-budgeted minutes to write 3 essaysRecommended writing time: 45 minutes
3 Read About It Turn to p. xlix in your textbook Read through the section about the DBQ to p. liii.Be prepared to answer questions based on the reading.
4 The Rubric: Basic Core (1-6 points) Provides an appropriate, explicitly stated thesis that directly addresses all parts of the question (1 pt).Discusses a majority of the documents individually and specifically (1 pt).Majority: Half + 1Demonstrates understanding of the basic meaning of a majority of the documents (1 pt).Supports the thesis with appropriate interpretations of a majority of the documents (1 pt).Analyzes point of view or bias in at least THREE documents (1 pt).Analyzes documents by explicitly grouping them in at least THREE groups (1 pt).
5 The Rubric: Expanded Core A basic score of 6 must be obtained before the student can earn expanded core pointsScored for the following qualities:Has a clear, analytical, and comprehensive thesisUses all or almost all of the documentsAddresses all parts of the question thoroughlyUses documents persuasively as evidenceShows understanding of nuances in the documentsAnalyzes point of view or bias in at least four documents cited in the essayAnalyzes the documents in additional ways—additional groupings or otherBrings in relevant “outside” historical content
6 Step 1: Read the Prompt Carefully (DBQ #1) Analyze how political, religious, and social factors affected the work of scientists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
7 Sample AAnalyze the factors that contributed to the emergence of a workers’ opposition movement in Communist Poland in the period from 1956 – 1981.
8 Sample BAnalyze the arguments and practices concerning religious toleration from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.
9 Sample CAnalyze various arguments that emerged over the course of the nineteenth century about how to improve the lives of European workers.
10 Step 3: Read the Documents & Consider These Questions What is the content? Context?What information did the college board highlight about the authors? (useful for POV…)What initial grouping (based on the prompt) does the document suggest?Does the document suggest an additional group or sub-group topic?
11 Step 4: Analyze Documents (Margin Notes) Identify how each document relates to the question (consider PERSIA)Identify POV information for the author/sourceComplete Grouping WorksheetOn actual DBQ, this will become margin notes
12 Step 5: Group the Documents Create at least THREE groupings of the documents – these groups will become your thesis categories and topic sentences!A group must have at least TWO documentsEach group must have at least ONE document that is analyzed for POVTry to use as many documents as possibleRefer to Grouping Worksheet
13 Step 6: Identify Point of View (POV) You must discuss POV in a minimum of THREE documentsConsider the following questions in order to identify POVHow does this document connect to this group topic?What does this person’s occupation/nationality/religion/etc… tell me about their perspective?Why did the author write this document? What purpose does it serve?Is this document more/less reliable than other documents? Why?Important points to remember:Bias does NOT mean that the document is unreliableA document is NEVER unbiasedRefer to POV Practice WorksheetRefer to Types of POV Document
14 Step 7: Outline Outline your body paragraphs Topic sentence – establishes group topicDiscuss document and its connection to the group topicIncorporate any relevant historical evidence – connect to group topic!RepeatRemember to discuss POV for at least one document in each paragraph.Refer to DBQ Outline Worksheet
15 Step 8: Write! Introduce each document with attribution Good: Nicolaus Copernicus, a polish priest and astronomer, wrote ….Bad: In Document 1 it says… NEVER!!!!!ALWAYS cite your documents at the end of the quote (Doc. 9)ALWAYS explain how the quote/document relates to the topic!