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DBQ Essay Writing - Introduction & Conclusion

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Transcript of DBQ Essay Writing - Introduction & Conclusion

DBQ Essay Writing Tips
Objectives:
Identify the components and structure of a DBQ introduction paragraph
Identify the components and structure of a DBQ conclusion paragraph
Introduction
Paragraph
Structure
Introduction Paragraph
Steps
Purpose:
Broad sentence
that opens
the paragraph.
"The Hook"
Step 1: Introduction Sentence
Step 2: Facts/DBQ Specific Information
Purpose:
Who, What,
Where, When,
Why
Step 3: Thesis
Purpose:
Very specific, addressing
what paper will discuss
Example:
Topic: Joseph Stalin
America was a newly discovered land that attracted many European immigrants in the 1600s.
Example:
Topic: European Immigrants
America was a newly discovered land that attracted many European immigrants in the 1600s.
A majority of these immigrants came from England. Many reasons contributed to this sudden increase of immigrants to the American colonies.
Example:
Topic: European Immigrants
America was a newly discovered land that attracted many European immigrants in the 1600s.
A majority of these immigrants came from England. Many reasons contributed to this sudden increase of immigrants to the American colonies.
Many Europeans were looking for better social, political, and economic opportunities, and they felt and hoped that America was their dreamland.
Introduce Topic
Details & Facts
Thesis
Step 1:
Broadly introduce topic with general statement
"The Hook"
Step 2:
More specific historical context
Who, what, where, & when
Mention of examples you plan to use in essay
Step 3:
Specific sentence that addresses the Task/Question
Informs the reader about the purpose of the essay
Steps to Writing an DBQ Introduction Paragraph
Example
Topic: Joseph Stalin
Topic Sentence
Details, Facts, Evidence
Thesis
Throughout history, people have pondered the role of Joseph Stalin, one of the most controversial leaders in world history.
However, his rule, during ____, can easily be proved both positive and negative for the country of Russia.
Positively he made Russia into a military superpower, but at the same time his methods had a negative impact on Russia and ___ people of Russia.
Example
Topic: Joseph Stalin
Task:
Evaluate the rule of Stalin in the Soviet Union, taking into consideration the changes made and the methods used.
Historical Context:
Throughout history governments have sometimes attempted to control the thoughts and actions of their people. Three such governments include Russia under the rule of Peter the Great, Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler, and China under the rule of Mao Zedong. The efforts of these governments greatly affected their societies.

Task:
Choose two governments mentioned in the historical context and for each:
• Describe the efforts of the government to control the thoughts and/or actions of its people
• Discuss an impact of this government’s efforts on its society
Example:
Background Knowledge

Introduce Topic
Details & Facts
Thesis
Throughout history governments have attempted to gain total control of their people.
The governments that succeeded became known as totalitarian governments - a government that takes complete control of its citizens' lives. Two such governments include Nazi Germany and Maoist China.
These two governments, Nazi Germany and Maoist China, went to great lengths for control and had lasting impacts on their respective countries.
Example:
Government Power
Introduction Paragraph
Historical Context:
Joseph Stalin is one of the most controversial leaders in world history. Between 1928 and 1941 he transformed the Soviet Union into a modern superpower. His rule is characterized by collectivized agriculture, rapid industrialization, great purges, and the extermination of opposition.
Data Gathering:

1. Joseph Stalin – Russia
2. Communist
3. 1928-1941

4. In 1928, Stalin introduced the Five-Year Economic Plan. This plan set goals to develop the economy and several industries such as coal, oil, steel, and electricity.
5. Stalin’s economic development efforts helped Russia become a modern industrial society and a world power.
6. Stalin rallied the people of Russia to be united front. He created feelings of pride and nationalism.

7. Through collective farming, all farms became government owned and individuals could not for individual profit.
8. Stalin tortured or executed anyone that opposed him.
9. Stalin used propaganda to manipulate people and provide only positive views of his communist dictatorship.
Example
Topic: Joseph Stalin
Introduction & Conclusion Paragraphs
Restate Thesis
Details & Evidence
So What?
Step 1:
Restate thesis/purpose of DBQ essay
Do NOT use same wording as introduction
Step 2:
Highlight and summarize evidence mentioned
Who, what, where, & when
Step 3:
Why is this important?
Impact on history or the world today
Steps to Writing an DBQ Conclusion Paragraph
Example:
Government Power
Both Nazi Germany and Maoist China were governments that sought total control of their society's population, and in doing so influenced the history of Germany and China.
Restate Thesis
Details & Evidence
So What?
Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedong used tactics such as propaganda, censorship, and intimidation to further their totalitarian control.
However, despite these temporary power achievements, in the long run, the effects of attempted totalitarianism can be devastating.
Independent
Practice

Structure
Conclusion Structure
Conclusion Structure
Do Now:
Take out DBQ from yesterday, and
put it on top right corner of desk.

Independent
Practice

Wide
Widening
Narrow
Conclusion
Paragraph

Question:
Historical Context:
Early Civilizations arose in the river valleys of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India. These earliest civilizations made important lasting contributions to human kind.

Task:
Choose two ancient civilizations. What were the achievements of each of these civilizations? How did each of these civilizations make lasting contributions to humankind?
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