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DBQ’S MRS. ALLEY Lesson 9- Day 1. What is a DBQ?  A DBQ, document based question, is a question that focuses around one or more documents.  The documents.

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1 DBQ’S MRS. ALLEY Lesson 9- Day 1

2 What is a DBQ?  A DBQ, document based question, is a question that focuses around one or more documents.  The documents can be: Graph Cartoon Short excerpt Picture Map  Students typically look at anywhere from 2 to 10 documents  Students have to analyze the documents and write an essay around the designated theme that incorporates information from the documents.

3 Breaking down the DBQ  These are some tasks that students could be asked to do in a DBQ:  Analyze: Break a topic down into separate parts and discuss each one.  Criticize: Make judgments. Evaluate comparative worth.  Define: Explain the exact meaning, specific to the course or subject.  Describe: Give a detailed account, listing characteristics, qualities and parts.  Discuss: Argue the pros and cons of an issue.  Evaluate: Give an opinion or cite the opinion of an expert.  Illustrate: Give concrete examples.  Summarize: Give a brief, condensed account, including conclusions.

4 How to write a DBQ answer  The DBQ is a special type of essay question. In the DBQ some of the information you need is presented in the documents. For the DBQ you are expected to analyze and interpret the documents and at the same time relate the information in the documents and your analysis of it to the knowledge you have gained from the units covered. You must include in your answer information from this knowledge that is not found in the documents.  In answering the DBQ, you must begin by analyzing the question as you would with regular essay-type questions.  One of the biggest failings of students in answering the DBQ is their inability to weave outside information into their essay.  The following strategy for answering a DBQ will help you avoid this problem.

5 Step 1:Read the Question Only  Read the question and historical context only and then text code the all the names, events, acts, and writings that come to mind for the time period covered in the essay. Some of these terms will later be used as outside information in the essay.

6 Step 2: Write a Brief Outline  Part A: Breakdown the requirements of the question  What is it the question is asking? Do you need one supporting paragraph two, three?  You will always need at least three paragraphs: an introduction and conclusion as well as whatever supporting paragraphs needed.  Part B: Using your knowledge of the Question  Still without looking at the documents, write a brief outline to the question asked.

7 Step 3: How will the documents fit?  Only after the first two steps have been completed should you carefully read the documents themselves. Use pens to highlight the documents. Answer the questions provided with each document.  While reading the documents, you should also make brief notes. Note the source of the document. Is it biased? Note the date of the document if given. How will the date affect its accuracy? What is the exact point being made?  Finally, you should decide where the documents will fit in your outline.  What does biased mean?_____________________________

8 Step 4: Write the DBQ  Congratulations the hard part is over!  All you need to do now is focus on writing well constructed paragraphs using the evidence you found.


10 You don’t need to use all documents  You do not need to use all documents to score at the highest levels on the DBQs, but you should use most of them.  Typical rule is to use one more than half the documents provided. Ex. 8 documents provided you should use at least 5 documents to support argument.

11 Don’t quote extensively from the documents.  You should not quote extensively from the documents.  Using a fragment or a sentence is fine, but more than that is a waste of time.  Summarize the key idea(s) found in the document, but do not quote the full document.

12 Citing Sources  In citing the sources, it is far better to mention the author or subjects of a document  For example “John Winthrop maintains” or “ the list of emigrants bound for New England illustrates” – do not say “Document A”.  It is perfectly acceptable to put “Doc. C” after a discussion as a footnote, but in a well-written essay it is not necessary.

13 Write a unified essay  Remember you are to write a unified essay and not a mere summary of what is in each document.  Refer to other events of the age, and clearly indicate how these documents relate to these events and help you gain a better understanding of events in the “mainstream” of world history.


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