What is a DBQ? and Resources
Intro: The document-based question (DBQ) emphasizes the ability to analyze and synthesize historical evidence, including textual, quantitative, or visual materials. The question also requires students to formulate a thesis and support it with relevant evidence.
The Documents: The 5 to 7 documents accompanying the document-based question are not confined to a single format, may vary in length, and are chosen to illustrate interactions and complexities within the material. The materials could include charts, graphs, cartoons, and works of art alongside written documents will allow students to assess the value of different kinds of documents and to call upon a broad spectrum of historical skills.
Targeted Skill: Each DBQ will focus on one targeted skill, such as causation, continuity and change over time, or comparison (to name a few).
Historical Period/Theme: The DBQ will typically require students to relate the documents to a historical period or theme and, thus, to focus on major periods and issues.
Outside Information: The DBQ will also assess students’ ability to incorporate outside knowledge related to the question but beyond the specifics of the documents. This ability to place the documents in the historical context in which they were produced is essential for student success.
The link above is to the NEW AP Euro DBQ Rubric which we will be using to craft our DBQ's. The Tom Richey AP History DBQ youtube videos Part 1, 2, and 3 are guides to help you understand the process by which a DBQ is written and scored.
The password for the Thesis Statement Video link above is: Renaissance
The New AP History DBQ