Help your students hone their DBQ skills!
This worksheet was created for AP Level students. Specifically, for AP US History, but could also work in an World History Class.
PAGE 1: Source and Description
PAGE 2: HIPP CAMEL ANALYSIS Overview: This HIPP CAMEL analysis is the framework by which students will analyze sources. You may be familiar with HAPPY, HIPPO, or SOAPSTONE, and it is similar to those. But HIPP CAMEL works well in being very thorough, asking more rigorous questions, and thinking critically.
Especially with the redesign of the AP Exam, I felt this would be helpful for students, as it incorporates more questions about the author's POV, usefulness of the source for a historian, historical contextualization, reliability, author's relationship to the historical event, etc.
Layout: Historical Context, Intended Audience, Purpose, Point of View, Content/Tone, Authorship, Medium/Format, Limitations
PAGE 3-5: HIPP CAMEL ANALYSIS sheets: Students begin by answering the questions through the HIPP CAMEL analysis. Questions are designed to be very thorough and help students think critically. Also, since many students can get overwhelmed doing full DBQs, sometimes they need help and can gather confidence by strengthening their ability to analyze sources effectively. By using these as practice, students begin to remember what questions to ask when dissecting a source.
PAGE 6: Answer sheet for a full analysis of the source. This is an additional activity you can choose to do. After the students go through the HIPP CAMEL analysis, they can write a full analysis on this sheet. Students write the name of the source in the blank space at the top. This answer would incorporates all parts of the HIPP CAMEL analysis they just did.
PAGE 7-8: Sample Answer. This is a sample full analysis of the source. Note, answers may vary and this are just some suggested points students may make and you may look for on their answers.
Source: Political cartoon "Gorbachev beholds a crushed hammer and sickle"
Themes: Cold War, End of the Cold War, AP US History
* 8 pages in all
* Suggested Answer Key for teachers included