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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