This week students can practice drafting a response to a DBQ. I recommend that students outline their arguments before writing, but this outline can be very brief. We will use the early modern empires DBQ (click here) which presents this prompt:
Evaluate the extent to which rulers of early modern empires, c. 1450 - c. 1750, used traditional methods to consolidate their power.
- Outline arguments you would make, using LESS than a full sentence for each
- List, but DO NOT describe, evidence, both documents and outside evidence
- Write a thesis based on these arguments, which could be a revision of what you wrote last week if you participated
AP World Cram students can join the Cram Session on 5/12 to discuss this practice activity.
Here’s an example of this process for a Mongol DBQ that we used earlier.
- Violent disruption: Doc 2, destruction of Baghdad
- Did not change Eurasian societies: Docs 3, 4, 5; Il Khanate
- Mongol cultural curiosity and tolerance: Doc 1, Buddhism
Initially Mongol states disrupted Eurasian societies through violent conquest, but, in the long term Mongol states did not change Eurasian societies. Mongol rulers tolerated and sometimes even adopted the cultures of the societies that they conquered.
Paragraph- or essay-length responses will NOT receive feedback. This is an outline activity
Use the Early Modern Empires DBQ. No Mongols! There are outside the time frame.
How to Submit
Reply to this thread with a list of claims and supporting evidence, plus a thesis.
Deadline for submission:
May 5th, 2020 → May 9th, 2020
Responses submitted after the deadline are not guaranteed a response (unless you’re a cram student)
Feel free to give other students feedback, too!