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  • Writing the DBQ:
  • Thesis Statement

You will have 60 minutes to write the essay.

  • Document Based Question (DBQ) Essay
  • You will have 60 minutes to write the essay.
    • 20 minute reading period
      • analyze the documents – Annotate and Write in Margins
  • You will be given between 7 documents.
    • Documents will include maps, pictures, and charts.

Answers the question

  • What does a good thesis statement do?
  • Answers the question
  • Takes a stand- argumentative
  • Previews the argument

Write a thesis statement that outlines what you plan to address in your essay.

  • Thesis
  • Write a thesis statement that outlines what you plan to address in your essay.
  • The thesis statement is not a restating of the question.
  • It is an introduction lays out what you will write about.

Thesis can be in the introduction or conclusion

  • Thesis Statement
  • Thesis can be in the introduction or conclusion
  • If you begin to write your essay in the introductory paragraph, you have NOT written a good thesis statement.
  • If your thesis statement includes, “some things are similar and some things are different;”
    • that is not a thesis statement
    • VAGUE is BAD!

Example of a good thesis statement:

  • Thesis Statement
  • Example of a good thesis statement:
    • Alexander's empire, through its eastward spread across Asia to the Indus River Valley, influenced other civilizations and cultures. The Mauryans utilized Greek language in their decrees, Buddhist art used Greek mythological figures, and architecture as far east as Afghanistan and India was influenced by Greek styles..

Decide which statement is an appropriate thesis statement.

  • Thesis Activity
  • Decide which statement is an appropriate thesis statement.
  • PROMPT
  • Using the documents provided and your knowledge of world history, analyze the cultural impacts of the empire of Alexander the Great.

The empire of Alexander the Great heavily impacted the world culturally.  Greek architecture could be found throughout the regions of his empire.  In addition, the size of his empire contributed to the spread of the Greek language.  Religions merged, and literature and the roots of Greek philosophy spread as well.

  • SAMPLE #1
  • The empire of Alexander the Great heavily impacted the world culturally.  Greek architecture could be found throughout the regions of his empire.  In addition, the size of his empire contributed to the spread of the Greek language.  Religions merged, and literature and the roots of Greek philosophy spread as well.

Even after the demise of the empire of Alexander the Great, the cultural impacts of the spread of Greek language, architecture, and education lasted long after he was gone.

  • SAMPLE #2
  • Even after the demise of the empire of Alexander the Great, the cultural impacts of the spread of Greek language, architecture, and education lasted long after he was gone.

The cultural impacts of the empire of Alexander the Great began with the expansion of his empire and the formation of many cities in Persia, Greece, North India and Egypt. This led to the assimilation of Greek culture into different religions, arts, languages, and ways of life in these regions.

  • SAMPLE #3
  • The cultural impacts of the empire of Alexander the Great began with the expansion of his empire and the formation of many cities in Persia, Greece, North India and Egypt. This led to the assimilation of Greek culture into different religions, arts, languages, and ways of life in these regions.

Read the directions

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • Read the directions
  • Read and Analyze the prompt
    • Underline what the prompt is asking you to do.
    • Read the historical background provided
  • PROMPT
  • Using the documents provided and your knowledge of world history, analyze the cultural impacts of the empire of Alexander the Great.

2. Develop Thesis

    • Has relevant thesis and supports that thesis with evidence from the documents using Time/place.
    • Uses all documents.
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3. Read Documents

  • In margin, create list of document numbers to check off after you use each one.
    • Takes into account the sources of the documents and analyzes the author’s point of view.
    • Explains the need for at least one additional type of document.

2. Read Documents

    • Takes into account the sources of the documents and analyzes the author’s point of view.
    • Explains the need for at least one additional type of document at the end of the essay.
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2. Read and analyze the documents

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • 2. Read and analyze the documents
  • a. SOAPS
  • b. POV
  • c. Additional Document
  • - Why?
  • Who is the Speaker?
  • What is the Occasion?
  • Who is the Audience?
  • What is the Purpose?
  • What is the Subject? 

3. Write the essay

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • 3. Write the essay
  • Body paragraphs X 3 minimum (I would write more)
    • Topic sentence
      • Use documents to support this sentence
    • EX: Documents 6, 7, and 9 present the idea of how the Green Revolution led to changes in cultural lifestyles.

3. Body paragraphs

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • 3. Body paragraphs
    • Explain the document
      • Show your understanding of what the document means
    • Use the document as evidence of the prompt

Doc. 1 Understanding

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • Doc. 1 Understanding
    • In doc. 1, a classical historian talks about “The Legend of Helmet” and explains the self-determination and leadership skills encompassed by alexander.
  • Doc. 1 Evidence
    • When water was important to Alexander’s army. Alexander displaced courage and leadership skills by dumping out the water given to him as a gift showing that this was not something he needed like the others.

3. Body paragraphs

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • 3. Body paragraphs
    • POV needs to be explained for EACH document
      • Template idea:
        • " It makes sense that _________ (person) believes this because he/she is ______________.“
  • Example: It makes sense that this is an Aryan Legend because the Aryans were a society loosely based in India, which was a region conquered by Alexander the Great. Alexander spread his culture through this region after his conquests.

What is the main idea or topic being said in the document?

  • Document POV’s
  • What is the main idea or topic being said in the document?
  • Why would this person be saying/creating this document at this time and place?
  • How does the document help me answer the question that is being asked?

4. Body paragraphs

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ
  • 4. Body paragraphs
    • Additional Document
      • Must help answer the prompt
      • Explain why you need this document
    • EX: An additional document that would help is a graph showing the legacy of Alexander the Great. It is important because if the Aryan Legend is not accurate than this graph will help show how more than land conquests helps support the idea that Alexander was a Great leader

END

  • WHAP
  • END
  • DBQ Essay
  • Day 2

5. Re-evaluate thesis and plan essay

  • 7 Steps to the DBQ

There are a total of 9 points for the DBQ.

  • Scoring the DBQ
  • There are a total of 9 points for the DBQ.
  • The basic core consists of 7 points.
  • The expanded core will make up the rest of the total points.
  • YOU MUST SCORE ALL BASIC POINTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE EXPANDED CORE POINTS.

Thesis statement that is not just a restating of the question.

  • Components of the DBQ Essay – Core Points (MANDATORY)
  • Thesis statement that is not just a restating of the question.
  • Using all of the documents in your essay.
  • Grouping and thoughtfully analyzing the documents. DON’T LIST DOCUMENTS!
  • Stating the point of view/perspective on minimum of three (3) of the documents
  • Using the documents to support your thesis.
  • Adding an additional document that would help support your thesis.

Extremely strong thesis statement.

  • Components of the DBQ Essay – Expanded Core
  • Extremely strong thesis statement.
  • Adding more than one additional document to your essay.
  • Completely and thoroughly answering the question.
  • Remember, you must score all basic points in order to receive expanded core.


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