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How To Do 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

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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. (1/2 + 1)
  • 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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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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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, …..

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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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Ummmmm, Burger!

I Mean, A Perfect Essay!

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For Homework Tonight:

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

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For Homework Tonight:

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

Bring your outline into class tomorrow and I will divide the class up into small “peer review” groups.

You will then read over the outlines of the other group members and make suggestions/corrections IN A CONSTRUCTIVE MANNER.

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Now, After the Peer Review Session, Go Home & Write Your Essay AndDazzle MeWith Your Brilliance!
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