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Transcript of DBQ Scoring
1 point (two correct POV statements)
Additional Document Statement (1pt)
identifies a missing document that, if added, would help make a better answer to the question
aim for minimum of three (expanded core)
avoid the mistake of asking for a document type that is already provided
up to two additional points
Grouping the Documents
To earn a point in this category, you must write a thesis that:
responds to the entire prompt
outlines the specific arguments you will make based on a correct usage of the documents
mention the arguments you plan on making in your answer
avoid generalizations that do not reflect reasonable interpretations of the documents
will only earn a point if they appear in the first or last paragraph of the essay
common errors in thesis writing:
-merely rewriting the prompt
-presenting an answer to only some parts of the prompt
In the period before 600 C.E., ancient empires exerted political power through various methods, including military conquest, making alliances with people they conquered, promoting ideologies supporting their rule, promoting good government officials, and creating legal systems
Ancient empires exerted political power in a lot of different ways before 600 C.E.
Adressing and Understanding Documents (1pt)
you must address ALL of the documents and demonstrate understanding of "all but one"
throughout your answer you must show understanding of at least six of the seven documents
Using Documents as evidence (2pts)
correctly incorporate at least six documents (7 is best) into arguments that answer the prompt
one point if you use five of the seven
four or fewer will receive a zero
Grouping the Documents (1pt)
should be grouped in at least three ways
can group docs by matching two or more documents that hold some relevant feature in common
(implied in Doc 3)
Alliances with Conquered Peoples
try to establish a better understanding of the identity of the author
-what is the author's gender or social class?
-What religion does the author follow?
-What is the author's profession?
-Does the author have an identifiable ethnicity, nationality, or other allegiance to a particular group?
-Is the source from a poem, essay, or novel?
-What was the source used for?
Complete POV statement
Explain how some of these factors may have influenced the content of the source
should both identify the influences that may have shaped the authors source and explain how those particular influences have specifically affected the content of the document
Standards to be considered successful
the document suggested must be historically plausible
the statement must include an explanation of WHY the additional document would be useful in answering the prompt
the analysis of WHY must speculate about the particulars of what the missing doc might inclue
In other words...
a successful additional document suggestion is historically possible given the time and place, includes an explanation of how the new source would help answer the prompt, and goes as far as speculating on arguments that the suggested source might support.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Promote Good Government Officals
Creating Legal Systems
Attitude of Superiority: Docs 1,2,5
Militant Society: Docs 1,2
Center of Trade/Promote Trade: Docs 2,4,5,6,7
Public Improvements: Docs 4,5,7
Use of Coercion/Punishments: Docs 3,4
an excellent, sophisticated and comprehensive thesis
insightful document analysis
analyzing POV in all or most documents
including extra document groupings or additional documents
incorporating relevant historical content not found in the documents
Document 1 Example
Historians write history and attempt to use the past as a way to illuminate the present or guide the ideas of their people. Herodotus may have written this history of Persia hoping to instruct the leaders of Greece to promote the success of Greece by adopting good ideas from foreigners and to teach the Greek people what successful government would do.
Document 2 Example
Pericles led Greece and pointed out the greatness of Greece in his speech. In stating positives of Greece, Pericles in effect bragged about himself and his own successes as a ruler. Rulers typically highlight their own success hoping to secure support for their own rule.
Document 7 Example
This document reflects the influence of the audience Aelius Aristides spoke before, and the goals of his speech. As a non-Roman from a land controlled by Rome speaking before the Roman emperor, he talked of the positives of Roman rule. He may not have been free to comment negatively, or it may have been dangerous for him to speak negatively of the emperor. It is also possible that he spoke before the emperor seeking some favor and so tried to create goodwill by noting the benefits of the rule of the emperor. He may have chosen to highlight positives by his manners and in a desire to avoid offending his host.