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How To Write a. B. Q. D. A “Dazzling” D.B.Q. Is Like a Tasty Hamburger. The Introductory Paragraph. The “Top Bun” of your essay! 4-6 sentences. The Introductory Paragraph. Establish TIME & PLACE . Create a clear, THESIS* STATEMENT . [underline or highlight it!]

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The Introductory Paragraph

The “Top Bun” of your essay!

4-6 sentences


The Introductory Paragraph

  • Establish TIME & PLACE.
  • Create a clear, THESIS* STATEMENT.[underline or highlight it!]
  • Hint at 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!”
  • *Thesis: Central Argument

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. (Topic Sentence)
  • Include the documents that are relevant to support the ideas in the paragraph.
  • Use at least one document per paragraph
  • Bring in supportive outside information. This is critical!!(PRIOR KNOWLEDGE!!)

Questions to Ask Yourself About the Documents

  • Who is the author? Point of View? Bias?
  • Why might they be significant?
  • What does the document tell you? (Main Idea)
  • How reliable and accurate is the source?
  • Intended Audience?
  • What other information 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 Shmoe, a mid-Western delegate to the Republic convention in 1912, agreed with…..
  • The 19c historian, Frederick Jackson Turner, felt that …………………. (Doc. E)

NEVER begin with: In Document 3, …..


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.”
  • 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!


Ummmmm, Burger!

I Mean, A Perfect Essay!