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The Document-Based Question (DBQ) Completing a DBQ assignment requires students to demonstrate mastery over both content and analytical thinking. One must understand the historical context in order to interpret the documents, but one must also have the ability to analyze those documents in order to make a convincing argument. In short, doing a DBQ well requires one to read, think, and write like a historian. Suggested Steps 1. Read the question . Consider how you might answer it before reading any of the documents, based on what you know about the historical context. Maybe jot down some of those thoughts. That might help guide your document analysis. 2. Read and analyze the documents . Use the six questions below, plus any guiding questions provided (although, in general, there won’t be provided guiding questions). 3. Group the documents based on theme or pattern (at least two docs per group, usually more.) How are they similar? How can you organize the docs to help your write your essay?
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