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How to write DBQ. The DBQ makes up 25% of your Score and is the most important part of the Exam. Step 1. READ THE QUESTION !!!!!!!!!!! Ask yourself: What is this Question Asking me to Do

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how to write dbq

How to write DBQ

The DBQ makes up 25% of your Score and is the most important part of the Exam

step 1
Step 1
  • READ THE QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!! Ask yourself: What is this Question Asking me to Do
  • Read the Historical Background. It can really help give you a perspective into the time period and possible tips for POV\'s.
  • List any ideas about question or history that come to mind
  • Re-READ Questionand re affirm what is this Question Asking me to do
step 2
Step 2
  • Start at the top with the source. Underline and write everything to comes to mind about source. (example Priest= Catholic)
  • Read the document. Underline Important words that will help you summarize major points
  • After reading ask: Why would that Author have that position? This is where you will get Point of View
  • Continue steps with all the documents.
  • As you read categorize begin categorize.
    • Think PERSIA- Political, Economic, Religion, Social, Intellectual, Artistic
step 3 develop thesis thesis your argument and roadmap for essay should outline your paragraphs
Step 3: develop thesisThesis= your argument and roadmap for essay (should outline your paragraphs)
  • ANSWER THE QUESTION!!! Be certain that you read the question carefully and then clearly answer each part of the question in your thesis and paragraphs.
  • Clearly and specifically relate each main point you make back to the question.
  • Clearly answer the question in your THESIS. The thesis should take a stand on the question.
  • The thesis should outline your paper! I should be able to know exactly what you are talking about in your paragraphs
step 4 write introduction
Step 4: Write Introduction
  • Set the Stage: Your 1stand maybe 2nd sentence should answer the question: where and When are you discussing in your paper. Europe is not specific enough
  • 1st and 2nd sentence Include broad generalities about the time period and where in Europe you are discussing. Basic facts on gender, race, culture, art, etc. should be included
  • 3rd sentence your thesis
step 5 body
Step 5: Body
  • Write Your Body
  • Begin with your strongest point in your thesis
  • Quoting/ referencing docs
  • NEVER QUOTE LONGER THAN ONE LINE
  • NEVER Begin or end with a quote. ALWAYS explain it
  • NEVER say Document 4 says. These documents were written by people so use their names. At the end of the Document cite it like this (document 1)
  • NEVER Use I, They, it, and other nonspecific terms
step 6 conclusion
Step 6 conclusion
  • If there is time
  • 1st sentence Re state your thesis in different words
  • 2nd and third Highlight major points/ arguments of your essay/ make clear connections to first sentence of essay
  • NEVER END THE ESSAY “AND THAT WHAT MAKES Europe the great country it is today”
formal writing
Formal Writing
  • Never use I, you, we,
  • Use they only after you state the name or group of people you are discussing about
  • Don’t use semi-colons
  • Do not conjugate words such as don’t is do not
  • Never just say Europe, northern, western, southern, eastern, or specific countries
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