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How To Do An Honors Humanities. D. B. Q. A "Dazzling" D. B. Q. Is Like a Tasty Hamburger. The Introductory Paragraph. The “Top Bun” of your essay! 4-6 sentences. Place your topic in historical context. Establish TIME & PLACE . Establish the zeitgeist (spirit of the times).

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How To Do

An Honors Humanities




A "Dazzling" D. B. Q.

Is Like a Tasty Hamburger


The Introductory Paragraph

The “Top Bun” of your essay!

4-6 sentences

  • Place your topic in historical context. Establish TIME & PLACE. Establish the zeitgeist (spirit of the times).
  • Allude to the SUB-TOPICS or categories you will discuss to support your thesis statement. IE. Political, social, economic, etc.
  • Create a clear, THESIS STATEMENT. Your thesis should allude to your subtopics and state what your essay will prove. [underline or highlight it!]
  • Tip: Focus on the question at hand—do NOT begin with a “flowery” sentence! Write in 3rd person (avoid I, you, us, we, etc.) Avoid absolute words (All, never, everyone, etc.

No “laundry list!”


The "Meat" Paragraphs

About 8-12 sentences per paragraph

3 or more Body Paragraphs

  • Identify your sub-topic or category in the first sentence. You must have at least 3 groupings and use at least 2 docs for each group.
  • Include the documents that are relevant to support the ideas in the paragraph.
  • Example of how to reference documents: The 19c historian, Jacob Burkhardt, felt that ….(Doc. 9)
  • Use most of the documents given [70%].
  • Illustrate your content knowledge. Bring in supportive/ relevant outside information. This is critical!
  • Be sure to indicate Point-of-View (POV)/bias

How to Use the Documents

  • Remember, documents are not necessarily facts. Eyewitnesses, political and religious leaders, etc. have different biases, and worldviews. They may see the same event or person in a completely different way.
  • Attribution  State who this person is (title, position, socio-economic status)
  • Point of View  State from what worldview the author, artist is coming? How reliable and accurate is the source? What is the tone or intent of the document/author? Note that gender, occupation, class, religion, nationality, political position or ethnic identity of the author could influence his/her views.
  • What other information does this document call to mind? Use all available clues

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


The Concluding Paragraph

The “Bottom Bun” of your essay!

About 5-7 sentences

  • Start with a “concluding phrase.”
  • Restate your thesis statement a bit differently.
  • Restate your main points a bit differently
  • Put your essay answer in a larger historical perspective.

End of or beginning of some trend/movement/idea, etc.

Do NOT end on the note that this is the reason we are where we are today!