This is Lesson Four, which introduces DBQs, of the forthcoming full-length AP European History Writing and Skills Handbook. The lesson can be used in-class with students to model DBQ-writing, and can also serve as a resource throughout the year to assist students in writing DBQs. It will download as a zipped folder that includes an editable Microsoft Word version and a non-editable PDF version.
Sub-sections of the lesson include:
*kinesthetic activity—ordering and analyzing a well-written DBQ
*kinesthetic activity—color-coding and analyzing a well-written DBQ
*analyzing, comparing, and contrasting well-written and poorly-written DBQs
Content coverage in the lesson is from Period 1—1453-1648 and covers the effects of 16th Century Religious Wars. The lesson includes a revised version of the 2013 College Board DBQ
that has been adapted to fit redesign standards.
The AP European Writing and Skills Handbook is designed to teach students in AP US History classes to use historical thinking skills to tackle primary and secondary sources, stimulus-style multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, Document-Based Question essays (DBQs), and Long Essays (aka LEQs). It is fully aligned to the revised, 2015-16 versions of the College Board’s AP European History Curriculum Framework
and the nine historical thinking skills.
The handbook uses techniques from the MOD Writing System, a modular, modeled approach to writing.
Modular: each lesson teaches students to evaluate and then execute discrete parts of historical essays or skills. Once students have mastered the elements, later lessons show them how to combine the elements to create a full essay.
Modeled: in order to produce good historical writing, students must first read good historical writing! Each lesson includes numerous good examples of the elements of historical essays, plus numerous full-length sample essays and paragraphs.
Please see the free teacher materials available here
for more information about the program.
Lessons currently available from the AP European History Writing and Skills Handbook include:
*Lesson One: Notetaking
*Lesson Two: Specificity, Detail, and Short Answer Questions
*Lesson Three: Preparing for a Unit Test
*Lesson Four: Introduction to DBQs
*Lesson Five: Analyzing Documents and Prewriting a DBQ
*Lesson Six: Thesis and Contextualization Paragraphs
*Lesson Seven: Basic DBQ Body Paragraphs
Purchase of the lesson includes permission to copy a class set (up to 35). Instructional text is copyright 2016 by Carrie Floyd Cagle. All non-original text in the lesson includes citation information.