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How To Do an APUSH. B. Q. D. Mrs. Banas APUSH. DBQ = Document - Based Question. A mix of textual and visual primary sources Typically 9-12 documents Newspaper articles, letters, diaries, speeches, excerpts from legislation, political cartoons, charts, graphs, etc.

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How to do an apush

How To Doan APUSH

B

Q

D

Mrs. Banas

APUSH


Dbq document based question

DBQ = Document - Based Question

  • A mix of textual and visual primary sources

  • Typically 9-12 documents

    • Newspaper articles, letters, diaries, speeches, excerpts from legislation, political cartoons, charts, graphs, etc.

  • Some/a few may be “classics” that you may have previously seen

    • Others will be new to you


Dbq document based question1

DBQ = Document - Based Question

  • Hour-long DBQ section of the AP exam

  • Mandatory 15 minute reading period

  • 45 minute writing period

  • There is NO “Right” answer to each DBQ

  • Graded on writing skills and

    • Use of Documents and Your Knowledge of the Subject (oi = outside information)


Dbq getting started

DBQ Getting Started

  • Clearly Read the Question

  • Organize Your Essay (Grids/Charts)

  • Gather OI (Outside Information)

  • Read the Documents

    • Order they appear

    • Watch for inconsistencies

    • Identify the sources of the docs

      • (next slide)

    • Look for evidence that could refute your argument

      • Try to put this into your essay – Don’t just discard it


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Questions to Ask Yourself About the Documents

  • Attribution  Who is this person?

  • Why might they be significant?

  • What is the point of view (POV) of the author?

  • How reliable and accurate is the source?

  • What is the tone or intent of the document author?

  • What other information does this document call to mind? Use all available clues.

Remember, docs. can be used in a variety of ways!


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A “Dazzling” D.B.Q.Is Like a Tasty Hamburger


How to do an apush

The Introductory Paragraph

The “Top Bun” of your essay!

4-6 sentences


How to do an apush

The Introductory Paragraph

  • Establish TIME & PLACE.

  • Create a clear, THESIS STATEMENT.[underline or highlight it!]

  • Allude to the SUB-TOPICS or categories you will discuss to support your thesis statement

  • Focus on the question at hand—do NOT begin with a “flowery” sentence!

No “laundry list!”


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The “”Meat”” Paragraphs

The “tasty” part of your essay!

8-12 sentences+ per paragraph


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The “”Meat”” Paragraphs

  • Identify your sub-topic or category in the first sentence.

  • Include the documents that are relevant to support the ideas in the paragraph.

  • Use most of the documents given.

  • Bring in supportive outside information. This is critical!! * o.i.’s = “outside information”

  • Why were these documents selected?


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How to Reference a Document in Your Essay

  • Thomas Paine, in his pamphlet, Common Sense, said: “………………….”

  • Joe Smith, a mid-Western delegate to the Republican convention in 1912, agreed with…..

  • The 19c historian, Frederick Jackson Turner, felt that …………………. (Doc. E).

NEVER begin with: In Document E, …


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The Concluding Paragraph

The “Bottom Bun” of your essay!

It holds it all together!

3-4 sentences


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The Concluding” Paragraph

  • Start with a “concluding phrase.”

  • Restate your thesis statement a bit differently.

  • Put your essay answer in a larger historical perspective.

End of some trend/movement/idea, etc.

Beginning of some trend/movement/idea

End of one & beginning of another.

Do NOT end on the note that this is the reason we are where we are today!


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Put It All Together, And . . . .


How to do an apush

Ummmmm, Burger!

I Mean, A Perfect Essay!


How to do an apush

DO-NOW In Class:

1. Start with the first three steps:

Read the question! What is it asking you to do?

Organize your essay into a graphic organizer

Gather outside information

2. Now Read the Documents

Take notes around the docs in regards to how they relate to the question


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DO-NOW In Class:

3. Create a rough draft in outline form using this format:

Write out your introductory paragraph.

Create a loose outline of your “meat” ¶s in this manner:

Skip a line from your intro. ¶

Identify the “theme”/thesis of this first “meat” ¶ [underline or highlight it]

Indent bullets listing all facts/doc. info. and other “o.i.”s that you will need in that ¶

When done with that ¶, skip a line and do the same for the other “meat” ¶s

Skip a line after your last “meat” ¶ and write your concluding ¶ out in full.


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Outline Format

Write out your introductory paragraph in full, underlining your thesis statement.

¶1  sub-topic title

  • Information from a document (Doc-B)

  • Information from another document (Doc-E)

  • Some outside information (OI)

  • Different info. from the same document (Doc-E)

    ¶2  sub-topic title

  • Information from a document (Doc-A)

  • Some outside information (OI)

  • Some outside information (OI)

  • Information from another document (Doc-H)


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Outline Format

¶3 sub-topic title

  • Information from a document (Doc-C)

  • Information from another document (Doc-D)

  • Some outside information (OI)

  • Information from another document (Doc-F)

  • New information from the same document (Doc-F)

  • Some outside information (OI)

  • Some outside information (OI)

    Write out your concluding paragraph in full.


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Now, Go Home & Write Your Essay AndDazzle MeWith Your Brilliance!


How to do an apush

YOU

CAN

DO

IT!!


How to do an apush

Typing Format

  • Double space.

  • One-inch margin all around the page.

  • Only use size 10 or 11 font [NOT 12 or 14!!]

  • Use only arial or comic sans fonts [NOT Times News Roman!]

  • 3 – 3 ½ pages ONLY!!

  • Don’t double-double space between ¶s.

  • Indent the first word of a ¶ one inch.

  • Boldface document referencing.

  • Underline your thesis statement.


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Typing Format

Heading on the top of the first page:

Name AHAP-? Date Submitted to Me


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