Document Based Questions Global Studies I Mr. Cox
Bellringer Essential Question What is a DBQ? What is the answer to the first scaffolding question?
What is a DBQ? • Document Based Question • One of two writing assignments featured on the Global History and US History Regent’s Exams • Consists of: • 4-9 documents with scaffolding questions • Essay writing assignment based off of the documents
Remember: Writing a DBQ is a skill…it takes practice and PLANNING! Remember this: there is actually no “right” or “wrong” answer. As long as your answer is LOGICAL and your interpretation is supported by the documents, you are correct.
Step One 1 Read the task Brainstorm… and write down a “bulleted” list of what you already know which will become your “outside information.” (answering who?, what?, where?, when?, why?, how?). Spend no more than 5 minutes on this step.
Brainstorm! • Example: • Discuss both the Cultural and Political contributions of Greek culture. • List positive and negative effects • List outside information • Use specifics (names, places, etc.)
Scaffolding • Begin reading the documents and answering the “scaffolding” questions. • Read each question following the document. • Then read the document. • Underline any information that will help you answer the question. • Answer the question in a complete sentence. • (Hint: If the question is worth 1 point, write ONE sentence. If the question is worth 2 points, write TWO sentences).
Sample: Map or Chart Based on this time line, identify two ways that people’s lives changed during the Neolithic Revolution. 
Sample: Map 1. What effect did Japan’s location have on cultural diffusion from China?  2. Identify one cultural contribution to Japanese society that came from China. 
Sample: Reading question The Neolithic Revolution also changed the way people lived. In place of scattered huntingcommunities, the farmers lived in villages. Near groups of villages, small towns grew up, andlater cities too. Thus the Neolithic Revolution made civilization itself possible. (The AncientNear East) Within the villages, towns and cities, it was possible for people to specialize in the sort of workthey could do best. Many stopped producing food at all, making instead tools and other goodsthat farmers needed, and for which they gave them food in exchange. This process of exchangeled to trade and traders, and the growth of trade made it possible for people to specialize evenmore. . . . Based on this document, state one impact of the Neolithic Revolution on the way people lived. 
Understand the basic meaning of the documents…. Make a chart with the document number, and what the main point of the document is when you plan.
Thesis What is being asked? Underline the tasks asked of you. Your thesis CANNOT simply re-word the question. It must be a unique statement that shows the reader you understand the question.
Create TWO or THREE groups of documents How many of these documents can be grouped together? What do they share in common (positive or negative; causes or effects; fact or opinion)? Are they primary or secondary sources, or a mixture of both? Are they from the same time period, or do they span several decades and centuries?
Go back to your brainstorm list of “outside information” and attach what you can to your common themes.
Begin to write your essay. IINTRODUCTION: • 3-5 sentences • State your thesis (point/task of the essay) • State at least three supportive points • NO FLUFF!!
BODY PARAGRAPHS 3 paragraphs, 5-8 sentences The three supportive points from your intro will become your three body paragraphs 1st sentence of each paragraph is topic sentence for that paragraph Last sentence summarizes the paragraph and relates to topic sentence/thesis of paper MUST CITE INFORMATION FROM DOCUMENT AT END OF SENTENCE. (doc. #) MUST INCLUDE OUTSIDE INFORMATION (information not included within the documents)
Conclusion 5-8 sentences Ties everything together (relate to your thesis) Restate strongest evidence for supportive points DO NOT SIMPLY RECOPY YOUR INTRODUCTION
Essential Question Homework What is the answer to the first scaffolding question?