# “How to Guide for Document Based Question Essays”

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“How to Guide for Document Based Question Essays”
Global History 9 Mr. Meetze

What is a Document Based Question (D.B.Q.) Essay?
A D.B.Q. is designed to function as a ‘Mini Research’ paper where the student is provided 9 Short Answer research questions based on Separate Global History Topics which are then used to write a ‘Final’ Essay Paper on the Final Exam Sample Document

Rules of ALL D.B.Q.’s How Many Paragraphs should D.B.Q.’s be?
How many Documents do you need to cite in your D.B.Q essay? Can You use the Historical Context as your Introduction Paragraph?

Terms You Need to Understand
Student Thoroughly addresses all Tasks Essay is More Analytical than Descriptive Use of Relative Outside Information Richly Supports the Documents with Facts & Details

NYS Sample 10th Grade D.B.Q. First Thing
Read & Highlight ALL S.S. Keys First Thing Underline What you need to do in each body Paragraph

The ‘2-1-0’ Game Next step go through and answer all Short Answer Questions. Each question will either receive a 2, 1, or 0. In order to Receive a 2 make sure the Answer is in Complete Sentences, Does NOT Restate the Question, and is a minimum of 2 Sentences.

Read and Highlight the Keys.

Document 2 Directions: You have the next few minutes to read and answer on your own the Short Answer or Scaffolding Questions using the ‘2-1-0’ model.

DBQ Scoring ,4,3,2,1 Rubric = 100 = 80 = 60

DBQ Scoring ,4,3,2,1 Rubric = 40 = 20

Notice 3 Separate Topics for 3 Body Paragraphs

D.B.Q Outline First Take out a Sheet of paper
Quickly Draw a big Square, an Upside Triangle, & a Triangle Within the Square divide the object into 6 sections using 3 lines.

The ‘2 Liter’ DBQ Design?

Use Your Sample Outline
1st Title of DBQ Use Your Sample Outline Intro- Min 4 Sentences Link Back 2 Events Prior to DBQ Question 3 Body Paragraph Topics ‘Bottle Cap’ Write the DBQ Question Doc # Outside Info Brainstorm at least 4-5 specific facts not found in the Documents per Paragraph Sentences Minimum Open the ‘Bottle Cap’ Write the DBQ Question Either Link DBQ Question to next Event or Relate the event to life today Conclusion Min 4 Sentences

Notice 3 Separate Topics for 3 Body Paragraphs

Use Your Sample Outline Link Back 2 Events Prior to DBQ Question
1st Title of DBQ Use Your Sample Outline Link Back 2 Events Prior to DBQ Question ‘Bottle Cap’ Write the DBQ Question 3 Body Paragraph Topics Doc # Outside Info Brainstorm Outside Info, Minimum 4-5 for each topic Open the ‘Bottle Cap’ Write the DBQ Question Either Link DBQ Question to next Event or Relate the event to life today

Industrial Revolution
Sample DBQ 10-15 minutes total on the Outline Paleolithic Age Life as a Nomad Docs Outside Info Neolithic Revolution - Live in Bands of 25-35 1,2,3 Industrial Revolution Green Revolution Revolutions in General or Revolution effects today

Writing the DBQ Reminders
Make sure the Intro and Conclusion does not consist of ‘This is What I’m Going to Do’ and ‘This is What I just Wrote’ Be sure to Cite your documents by either saying ‘In Doc 2’ or (Doc 2) at the end of the sentence

Writing the DBQ Reminders
After you write a sentence make sure you can not ask yourself a Who, What, Where, When, Why, or How question. If so you didn’t write with enough depth Be sure to use your outside info along with your information found in the document to achieve ‘Analysis’

Writing the DBQ Reminders
Check the grading rubric and self grade your essay 5,4,3,2,or 1 scale. Did you address all aspects of the task? Did you answer the question?

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