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How long should a dbq in an ap class be?
I have summer homework for an ap us class and I have to write a dbq. Since i have not taken the class I don't really have any idea of what it should look like. I have found a few example dbq's but the ranged from around 4 to 9 paragraphs. so can anyone help me out?
4 pages or so if you're doing it right. Use as many docs as possible.
^ no. The ones we did were meant to be concise. Don't fill it with fluff. 4 would be good. Maybe 5
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Length doesn't really matter for DBQs, as long as your argument is concise and you USE ALL THE DOCUMENTS. For the AP US History exam in particular, the graders are looking that you connect your argument to outside information, although you probably don't have a wide range of events to relate to since you haven't started the course, keep that in mind for the future.
4 or 5 paragraphs including thesis?
Just do an intro as opposed to just a thesis, 2-3 body paragraphs, and a brief conclusion.
Do you just write each paragraph about a different document? How should the format be?
This dude knows what he's talking about. Although I do disagree on this: my AP US teacher told me to use 50% of the amount of docs they give you +1. So if they give you 12, use 50% (6), +1 (so 7 total).
Don't just rely on the docs though, and don't use fluff. Be concise, and draw heavily from prior knowledge of the subject so that you won't rely too heavily on the docs.
My teacher grades the actual ap exam essays. She always said to try to use all docs, and she wanted them on the long side. 50 percent outside knowledge, 50 percent docs.
My teacher also grades the AP test, but she says to do it quite differently from what I'm reading. She says they should be at least 3 pages. An intro paragraph with your thesis at the end, 3 body paragraphs, then a conclusion. The body paragraphs according to her should each have a separate point you're proving and should be 70% your own knowledge and 30% document. But i did probably 60% document and 40% outside knowledge on my AP test and got a 5, so I'm not really sure how it works. Hopefully this helps, DBQ's suck haha but get used to them.
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honestly as long as you can make it with at least three body paragraphs, 50 percent of evidence from the docs and 50 percent outside knowledge, im guessing you have unlimited time to do this since its the summer so i would take advantage of this and make sure you have plenty of outside evidence
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