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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 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