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					DBQ Essay Outline Guide                 _____________________________________________
                                                       (Name and Date)

Working Title __________________________________________________________

Paragraph #1
  Grabber: (a sentence that is relevant to the essay and catches the reader’s attention)


   The questions with key terms defined:


   Thesis:


   The road map: An introduction of analytical categories to be investigated. In other words, you should write a
summary of how you are going to prove your thesis by organizing the information according to analytical categories.
Think of this as a preview of your essay. It should be a paragraph. See the reverse side for a sample.



Paragraph #2
  Topic sentence


   Supporting detail with reference to specific documents(s)




Paragraph #3
  Topic sentence


   Supporting detail with reference to specific documents(s)




Paragraph #4
  Topic sentence



   Supporting detail with reference to specific documents(s)




Paragraph #
  Conclusion: Statement of main idea, along with a fresh insight or emphasis
DBQ Outline.

On the reverse side of this sheet is a guide to follow as you create
your outline for the second DBQ, Black Death (short version). You
have examined and analyzed ten documents. You must include
each of these documents in your outline and essay to use as
supporting evidence for your thesis statement.

The Essay Outline guide is just that – a guide to help you organize
your thoughts. It is a starting point from which you will actually then
create a final outline of your essay.

Final outline due: Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
Outline must be typed.

Sample “Road Map” for the Han Chinese – Classical Athens DBQ:

“In the following paragraphs I will attempt to show how the Han Chinese
were significantly different from the Classical Athenians in terms of
population, geography, culture and politics. It is clear from the
population charts, that the Han Chinese vastly outnumbered the Athenians
creating an entirely different sort of society. Furthermore, China’s territory
was enormous and diverse in respect to Classical Athens – different
topography, land forms and resources . Samples of Han and Athenian art
and literature demonstrate a clear difference in the culture and perspective
on human beings and their relationship to the environment between the two
civilizations. Finally, the politics of China and Athens were extremely
dissimilar– the huge territory of China which included many diverse ethnic
groups required a highly complex bureaucracy controlled by a powerful
central government where the tiny city-state of Athens was more flexible
and open to the emergence of democracy, less central control and a weaker
governing structure.

				
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