Hello, I was wondering how overall I would write my DBQ. Like how many paragraphs should I be writing, how many sentences should each one be, and whether or not I need a conclusion. Sorry for such a broad question, but I’ve seen DBQs done so many ways, and I don’t know which is right.
There’s no overall structure for how long each paragraph has to be, but I would recommend splitting your documents into 2 groups and writing at least one paragraph for each of the two groups. In addition, you should write an introduction with context, and for a conclusion, I would recommend at least restating your thesis.
tldr: at least 2 body paragraphs, intro w/context, and maybe a conclusion (but restate your thesis at the minimum)
Hope this helps!
This depends on the prompt. You should write as many paragraphs and sentences as you need to get your point across. Conclusions are not required, but they’re a nice way to restate your thesis.
The reason you’ve seen DBQs done so many ways is that there’s really no “right way” to do it, per se. The goal is that you make a point, argue it, and prove your argument. All of that said, ONE WAY you can format it is the following:
Paragraph 1 (Intro): Contextualization/Thesis, set up your argument and then deliver it in miniature.
Paragraph 2 (Body Paragraph 2): The first major point of your thesis including the documents that support your argument and sourcing of those documents and Outside evidence that supports that point.
Paragraph 3 (Body Paragraph 3): The second major point of your thesis including the documents that support your argument and sourcing of those documents and Outside evidence that supports that point.
Paragraph 4 (Conclusion): Tie up your argument in a nifty little bow while restating your thesis in a different way.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
I’d add that as a Reader, there have been MANY times where I give the student the thesis point based on their conclusion, and not the intro. Remember that you’re essentially writing a draft, so many times, your thesis is better at the end because you’ve found your way there more concretely.
Moral of the story: write a conclusion, even if it’s hasty.