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Writing the DBQ. DBQ Reminders 1. Clearly define historical terms 2. Write in past tense John Jay expressed… The Rhode Island delegation stated… 3. Avoid contractions couldn’t = could not 4. Do not reference yourself or tell the reader what they are “going to learn”

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Writing the dbq

Writing the DBQ

  • DBQ Reminders

    1. Clearly define historical terms

    2. Write in past tense

    John Jay expressed…

    The Rhode Island delegation stated…

    3. Avoid contractions

    couldn’t = could not

    4. Do not reference yourself or tell the reader what they are “going to learn”

    5. Make logical conclusions and avoid bold overstatements


Writing the dbq

  • Basic Body Paragraph Format

    1. Begin with a topic sentence that addresses the key point of your thesis you will discuss

    2. Describe and explain important historical facts and examples that support your key point

    3. Describe and explain important document references that support your facts and examples

    4. Always finish with a strong concluding point that connects your facts and examples back to the key point of your thesis

    avoid ending your paragraph with a document reference


Writing the dbq

  • DBQ Essentials

    1. Brainstorm all the historical details (facts, events, people, key terms, themes, connections) that apply to the time period and topic

    -state the obvious if you are stuck

    2. Explain, explain, explain

    -show what you know about this period in history

    3. Work in the document knowledge

    -look for the opportunities to bring in document knowledge that supports your key points

    -discuss details that connect to the source information


Writing the dbq

  • Doc. References

    reference the docs by acknowledging the author, title, and main ideas presented in the doc

    avoid quoting the doc directly, rather explain the main ideas of the doc

    The Weave

    In John Jay’s instructions to the U.S. minister he insisted that the ambassador be “respectful yet firm” in requesting that the British evacuate their forts on the western frontier.

    The Ender

    Under the A of C, small states like Rhode Island could veto laws out of self-interest and overrule a tariff policy that would have benefited the young nation (doc A).


Writing the dbq

The Last Resort

works well for maps, charts and images

The map of the Northwest territory reflects the importance of settling land disputes peacefully in order to establish a plan for future statehood and to prohibit slavery in the region.

Try not to use the word “Document” in a sentence unless you are really desperate…

Document F reflects the importance of settling land disputes peacefully in order to establish a plan for future statehood and to prohibit slavery in the region.


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