Document Analysis How do I answer these types of questions?
How much do I have to write? • Roughly 2 long paragraphs (1+ page) What am I graded on? • Use of specific details from the document and what you have learned in class • Paragraph organization—Topic sentence argument, evidence in paragraph connects together
What happens on test day? • 1 minute reading period…no writing…READ RUBRIC • 5 minute planning period…outline answer…cannot begin answer • Remaining time: writing answer in paragraphs
Use your graphic organizer as an outline for each paragraph. • Begin with a topic sentence. • Explain one piece of evidence from your own knowledge and how it answers the question. • Explain a piece of the picture that relates to the evidence from your own knowledge that you just explained. • Explain another piece of evidence from your own knowledge that supports your topic sentence argument. • Discuss another part of the picture if possible. • Conclude by summarizing your main argument.
Using the graphic organizer to write a paragraph… Europeans wanted colonies in the 1800s because they were competing to become the wealthiest empire in the world. They believed in the theory of mercantilism which argued that there is a limited amount of wealth in the world so in order to get more gold, a country must export a lot of goods and limit their imports. This motivated Europeans to get colonies so they would have more customers to export to. Mercantilism and the benefits of exporting are shown in the lower left corner of the picture where boats appear to have shipped boxes of European products to the colonies… (This is only half the paragraph. I would still talk about the Industrial Revolution.) (This refers to the picture on the previous slide.)
Writing Topic Sentences Make anArgument(not a list of arguments)
Writing Topic Sentences Remind the Reader of the Essay Question
Topic Sentence Check The Topic Sentence Argument is the first sentence in each paragraph. Below are questions to ask yourself about your topic sentence. • Does my topic sentence give an argument that directly answers the test question? • Does my topic sentence summarize all of the points that I make in my paragraph while only making one argument? (You should be able to say yes to both questions.)
Topic Sentence Check Good Topic Sentence Examples: • One of the main reasons for the Europeans wanting to colonize other countries in the 1800s was because the Europeans wanted to gain more wealth and become essentially the richest and most powerful country. • Another main reason why the Europeans wanted to imperialize other countries is because they wanted to help out the other countries. Topic Sentence Check Questions: • Does my topic sentence give an argument that directly answers the test question? • Does my topic sentence summarize all of the points that I make in my paragraph while only making one argument?
Keeping Paragraphs Focused Topic Sentence: Europeans wanted colonies in the 1800s because they wanted to be the most wealthy and powerful country in the world. • Industrial Revolution • Mercantilism • White Man’s Burden • Gaining land led to glory and power