How to Write an Argument for a DBQ

AN ARGUMENT IS AN OPINION THAT CONNECTS THE EVIDENCE TO YOUR TOPIC SENTENCE.  IT IS AN OPINION THAT ANSWERS “SO WHAT?”.

An argument is:

  • Justification of why you think a certain way
  • A cohesive thought
  • Connection to evidence
  • A sentence that makes sense
  • A sentence that helps answer the question
  • A sentence that shows a connection between the evidence and the opinion
  • PROVES THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL!

 

Questions to help write an argument

  1. Why is the evidence in the paragraph?
  2. Why is the evidence interesting? 
  3. Why should anyone care about this evidence?
  4. What does the evidence imply?
  5. What are the consequences of thinking this way or looking at a problem this way? (For evidence of a counterclaim)
  6. I have just described what something is like or how I see it, why do I see it that way?
  7. Why is something I just described like that?
  8. How does what I just described happen?
  9. How does what I just described come to be the way it is?
  10. Why is the evidence important?
  11. Why does the evidence matter to me or to someone else?
  12. How do the evidence and my thinking relate to my claim?
  13. What connections exist between the topic sentence and the evidence?
  14. Does the evidence support my claim?  Explain how.
  15. Can I give an example to describe in greater detail my evidence?

How to Outline from a Book

Last week we learned how to outline from a book.  Many students outline texts that they read for a variety of reasons.  The first and most important is for studying purposes.  It is much easier and less time consuming to read a text once, outline it, and study the outline than to reread a text many times.  With practice, outlining a book is very easy.

Be sure to title your notes the name of the Chapter or lesson you are outlining and the pages the text can be found.

I.  Name of Section in Across the Centuries those are the Blue titles

A.  Topic Sentence  of Paragraph

1.  Supporting details

a.  This line is optional and only used if there are many items   listed in a supporting detail

Check out the example below:
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REMEMBER TO USE CORRECT OUTLINE FORM

Abbreviate and shorten as much as you can but be sure the document makes sense.  If you don’t understand what your are reading there is no benefit.