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How to Write an APUSH. B. Q. D. A “Dazzling” D.B.Q. Is Like a Quality Hamburger. The Introductory Paragraph. The “Top Bun” of your essay! 4-6 Sentences. The Introductory Paragraph. Establish TIME & PLACE . Create a clear, THESIS STATEMENT… one that takes a position on the question.

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How to Write an APUSH




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

The Introductory Paragraph

The “Top Bun” of your essay!

4-6 Sentences

The Introductory Paragraph

  • Establish TIME & PLACE.

  • Create a clear, THESIS STATEMENT… one that takes a position on the question.

  • 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!”

The “Meat” Paragraphs

The “tasty” part of your essay!

8-12 sentences+ per paragraph

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. (Half + 2 Rule)

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

  • Why were these documents selected?

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 (o.i.) does this document call to mind? Use all available clues.

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

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 3, …

  • Follow the sentence in which you used a small quote or phrase from a document with a sentence that shows how the information you referenced supports your topic sentence / thesis or how it relates or applies to your topic sentence / thesis or explains how this information applies or fits within this paragraph. This proves that you have “analyzed” the document and interpreted it correctly. A MUST to score 6 or above!

The Concluding Paragraph

The “Bottom Bun” of your essay!

It holds it all together!

3-4 sentences

The Concluding” Paragraph

  • Start with a “concluding phrase.”

  • Refer to the key idea in your thesis statement, but do not re-state it.

  • Or…apply your essay answer to 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 America is what it is today!

Put It All Together, And . . . .

A Great Burger… A Great DBQ!

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