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10/22/09 All Pds. Aim: What are good strategies for answering Regents exam type DBQ’s? Do Now: Copy & discuss how to answer DBQ short answer questions & a DBQ essay.

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10/22/09 All Pds.

Aim: What are good strategies for answering Regents

exam type DBQ’s?

Do Now: Copy & discuss how to answer DBQ short

answer questions & a DBQ essay.

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*A DBQ provides the student with an opportunity to weigh significant evidence/documents to reach an informed position and to present the information in response to a question.

Process:

1. Read the question carefully. What does the question ask you to do?

* Underline key words, eras, names, issues, or categories used in the question.

2. Brainstorm and write down the facts - names, dates, and events that you know about the topic and time period.

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3. Read and analyze the documents:

* Look at the author and the time the document was written.

* Identify the point of view or main idea of the document. Underline key words. Write notes in the margin summarizing each document.

* Respond to the prompt questions after the document. If there are no questions, write down the main ideas.

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4. Reread the question. Carefully consider your document summaries and their relationship to the question asked.

5. Plan/Organize your response so that you prove your thesis with supporting evidence and information. (Categorize, block, outline, mind map).

* Identify the main subjects to be discussed in the body select the documents related to each major subject.

* Write down important information from the document and from your knowledge of the issue.

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6. Write an organized essay responding to the

question:

Introductory paragraph:

* Take a stand on the question. Respond to all parts of the question.

* Develop your thesis. To what degree is it true?

* Provide background, explanation and definition of terms used in the question.

* Introduce the topics you will discuss in the body of your essay.

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Body paragraphs:

* Use a separate paragraph for each topic, issue, or argument.

* Include specific examples to support generalizations or to make distinctions.

* Cite specific evidence from the documents but avoid long quotations.

* Integrate information from the documents and from your knowledge in responding to the questions.

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Concluding paragraph:

Restate your position and main ideas that you presented in your essay.

One definite wrong approach to answering a DBQ. An answer is never to be a list of the documents. An essay that runs along the lines "Document A, by whoever, says this...Document B says this...Document C says this..." and so on, is a failed essay. It gets no credit, ever. The documents are to be used in support of an answer to the question asked. They are not the answer.

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To receive full credit in a five point rubric the essay will need to:

* thoroughly address all aspects of the task by accurately interpreting the documents plus incorporate outside information related to the documents.

* discuss all aspects of the task and support with accurate facts, examples and details.

* weigh the importance, reliability and validity of the evidence.

* analyze conflicting perspectives presented in the documents. Weave the documents into the body of the essay.

* include a strong introduction and conclusion.

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Credit would be reduced if the response:

* did not recognize the reliability, validity, or perspectives of the documents.

* reiterated the content of the documents with little or no use of outside information.

* discussed the documents in a descriptive rather than analytic manner.

* showed little recognition of the tasks, lacked an introduction or conclusion.