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How to Write a DBQ

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Courtney Cooke

on 4 March 2014

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Transcript of How to Write a DBQ

How to Write a DBQ
What is a DBQ?
Document Based Question
A DBQ stands for Document Based Question but it is *not* just about documents. It is about HISTORY!

You are writing an essay about something or things that happened in history, with the help of the documents.
Why Should We Care?
What does a DBQ look like?
DBQ Essays appear on the regents.
Regents = Graduation
Graduation = Moving into your own place
Moving into your own place = getting a really cute dog like this:
A DBQ Essay Question asks you to write a FOUR PARAGRAPH essay.

A DBQ is 3 to 5 handwritten pages (you can do it!)
A DBQ has proper capitalization and spelling
A DBQ is EASY TO WRITE if you follow Ms. E's formula....
Four Steps to Writing a DBQ
1. Introduce your essay! (This is the easy part)
2. Peanut Butter and Jelly
3. Dots or Die!
4. Say Goodbye (your conclusion)
Peanut Butter and Jelly
The peanut butter is the evidence found in the documents. I will teach you how to find the important information in those documents to gather your peanut butter.

The jelly is the information from your BRAIN! You need OI to pass a DBQ!!
Tarzan says: "Get your diploma!"
Dots or Die!
What are dots?

Your DBQ Essay question will have a little box. Inside that box, there will be dots. Next to the dots, there will be instructions.

The dots might ask you to "describe", "explain", "discuss", etc. You MUST address these dots or DIE (you might not die, but you will have to retake the test)
What did you just spend 3, 4, or 5 pages talking about??

A conclusion is a SUMMARY of what you just said. There is no new information in a summary.
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