Read the Prompt. Circle instruction words(usually verbs)Underline Key terms that you will need to understand in order to address all aspects of the prompt.. Read all the Context statements. Make sure you understand the historical context.This is usually provided before the actual documents, but can sometimes be found at the end of each documentSometimes both.
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1. How to Respond to a DBQ Mr. Collins
2. Read the Prompt Circle instruction words(usually verbs)
Underline Key terms that you will need to understand in order to address all aspects of the prompt.
3. Read all the Context statements Make sure you understand the historical context.
This is usually provided before the actual documents, but can sometimes be found at the end of each document
4. Read the documents Read all the documents
Write a summary statement that captures the core meaning of the text
Write it in one sentence
Group the documents (remember the shoes)
5. Write a concise SOAPSTONE @ doc. [phrases that “tag”]
6. Drafting Intro paragraph
Three + body paragraphs
7. Intro Paragraph Engaging opening sentence with some explanation
Set the stage:
Write 3-5 sentences that introduces your audience to the historical context
First, this is done with “broad strokes”
Then as you approach the end you become more specific[funnel design]
Finally leading to your thesis, which should be one to tow sentences at the end of your introductory paragraph.
8. Intro cont. thesis Thesis:
Time and Place
It has a topic and a certain “argument” about that topic
That argument about the topic is your “Claim” - what your paper should prove
Claim cannot be wishy-washy, you cannot simply restate the prompt, or simply provide categories. No lame claims!
Break the claim into meaningful categories that preview (introduces) your body paragraphs [your grouping strategy].
9. Intro thesis examples Try creating a thesis with a subordinate clause
While Confucianism and Legalism are clearly responses to the warring states period, one can argue that Daoism was as much a response to Confucianism as the Warring States Period
You want to characterize things in terms of the the relative degree of influence.
You might also qualify your thesis by specifying that the response of the schools had a different impact in terms of the kinds of order and relief categorized into social, political, econ etc.
10. Body Pargraph Topic sentence is a mini thesis, where you introduce readers to what you will discuss in this paragraph
Explain, don’t simply summarize or merely restate the document
But explain by
Tagging core meaning
Discussing the document in relation to
the prompt (key terms: philosophical schools, view of human nature, systems of order, etc.,
Historical context Warring states and times of schools
your thesis & topic sentence.
11. Body Paragraph (main parts) cont. Topic Sentence
Discuss Document #1 by:
Intro Doc #1(1-2 sentences)
Explain central meaning of Doc. #1 (1-3 sentences)
Explain/Discuss document in relation to prompt,thesis, Topic sentence (address the prompt and all its aspects) [1-3] sentences]
POV Point of view statement how different features of “SOAPSTONE” Influence what is said and reliability of document (1-2 sentences)
Repeat step two for next two documents
Close with answering: What other documents will give an alternative perspective and why.
12. Body Pargraph cont 3. POV Statement:
What it does-
Clearly and specifically evaluates the level of trust one can justifiably grant the information in the document.
Discusses what is really going on;
Uses multiple features of SOAPSTONE to ground the claim establishing POV
Compares and contrasts author’s point of view with views of others.
13. Body par Cont. POV POV How:
You want to show how:
Influences the content of the document (strong claim)
Or is reflected in the document (weaker claim, but can be acceptable depending how it is handled)
14. POV in brief Get points by:
Explaining the relationship of the author’s POV to author’s religion, occupation, time period, gender etc. OR
Assessing the reliability of the source OR
Explaining that different kinds of documents serve different purposes OR
Analyze tone or intent of documents
15. Body par. Cont. Repeat the previous #s 2 & 3 for each document
2- explanation 1-3 sentences
3 POV statement 1-3 sentneces
4. Conclude with answering the following question: What other documents will help you understand what you’re trying to address in this paragraph. (What will provide a new perspective that will help to balance the picture)
16. Conclusion Significance Importance: influence on people who lived through event or times
Profundity: how deeply affected by the event(s)
Quantity: How many people affected
Durability: How long - ripple effect
Relevance how it helps historians understand the events in question
You do not points for the last one relevance unless you meaningfully address #1. Meaningfully means being specific , not just labeling.