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How to Write a D.B.Q. Strategies and helpful hints. What kind of question?. Change over time Cause and effect. Understand the Question. What is it asking ? Highlight important t erms. Example.

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how to write a d b q

How to Write a D.B.Q.

Strategies and helpful hints.

what kind of question
What kind of question?
  • Change over time
  • Cause and effect
understand the question
Understand the Question

What is it asking?

Highlight important


  • To what extent had the colonists developed a sense of their identity and unity as Americans by the eve of the Revolution. Use the documents and your knowledge of the period 1750 to 1776 to answer the question.
generate categories paragraphs
Generate categories (paragraphs)

Use the question for direction

Paragraph -Identity

Paragraph - Unity

brainstorm appropriate outside information
Brainstorm appropriate outside information.
  • Do this before reading the documents
  • Make a list of any and all possible information that could be used.
  • Focus on perimetersof question – time period and topic
analyze the documents
Analyze the documents

For each document:

Highlight author

Write down anything you might know about him/her

Highlight date

Write down anything significant about it


Read the text

What is the main idea? What is the point the author is trying to make?

  • Write down the significance. Ask yourself how this document can help you answer the question.
creating a claim
Creating a claim
  • What am I going to prove?
  • In general, what will the paper discuss?
  • Which documents and outside info belongs in which category?
  • (Identity and


write the essay
Write the essay

Use construction model!