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Background:  In preparation for the AP Exam in May, we have spent a great deal of time working with the DBQ (Document-Based Questions) this semester. Your semester research project will require you to create your own DBQ, complete with documents, and an answer guide. This assignment will entail a significant amount of research and critical analysis from you.  It's lots of fun too!


Requirements:


1.  A well focused question on a specific topic or issue of American History.


2.  A set of 10-12 primary source documents to use with the question.


3.  A suggested outline of outside information that would be included in a response to your question. 


4.  A suggested outline of information to be used for each document included with your question.


5.  A Works Cited page identifying the source for each document used.


Creating Your DBQ:


1.  Select a time period you wish to focus for your question. You may frame your DBQ question in the context of any event, issue or individual from colonization 1607 to the present.


2.  Choose a specific issue or event that will be the subject of your question.  


3.  Craft a well-focused question (Samples of questions are available in your text and will be available in class for you to review).  You are to submit your question to me to be sure that the topic and direction of the question is appropriate and to receive feedback before you proceed with the research.  


4.  Create an outline of the outside information (knowledge that may have been acquired in class or from reading the text, etc.) that you would want to see included in a response to your question.  Provide specific information that you would desire to see in the response someone would offer to the question.  


5.  Conduct your research, using the sites listed below, to locate primary source documents that would be appropriate to use with your question.  You will be looking to use between 10-12 documents in the final project.  Be sure that your documents fit in well with the topic of the question! Remember, primary source documents may take a variety of forms, including, but not limited to: Maps, Written documents, Journals, Political Cartoons & Government Documents


6.  Analyze each document to be sure that they are appropriate to your question and to extract the information or ideas that would be necessary to include in a response to the question. 


7.  To assist you in you analysis, use the Document Analysis Worksheets from the National Archives-http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/worksheets/index.html


8.  Compile your information here in this forum, in the following format:


PART I


1.  Title


2.  Table of Contents 


3.  Question 


4.  Documents A-J


5.  Works Cited Page (using the MLA format)


PART II


6.  Outline of outside information for the response to your question


7.  A brief analysis (paragraph or bulleted) for each document of what information should be evident or inferred in this document for responding to your question


Submission Dates:


TopicFriday, December 15, 2006 


QuestionThursday, December 21, 2006  -  In order for appropriate feedback, you may wish to submit before this deadline or submit electronically so that feedback maybe provided to you over the Holiday break!- ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS: mre@engineofsouls.com


Completed Assignment: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 


Sources for your Research:  Go to my website at http://www.engineofsouls.com/, on the left menu bar, move the mouse to down to the AP US History link, scroll over to Primary Source Documents, and choose a site.



-- Edited by mre at 23:54, 2006-12-13

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s.bailey

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southern secession, was it justified?

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C.Santos

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Ok I pick my question having to do with the Civil War period.

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Amanda

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my topic is Southern retaliation after the Civil War

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J.Furtado

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Good DBQ question??


From the years of 1846-1865 the Mexican-American War was a direct cause of the Civil War.  Using the provided documents and your previous knowledge, support or oppose this statement.    


 


 


 


   hehe



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C. Santos

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Ok got my question.


John Brown's raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, involved only a handful of  abolitionists, freed no slaves, and was over in two days. Although many Northerners condemned the raid, by 1863  John Brown had become hero and martyr in the North. To what extent and in what ways do the views about John  Brown expressed in the documents illustrate changing North-South relations between 1859 and 1863 and how did it contribute to helping out start the Civil War?



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Butchie

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My DBQ topic is the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers.


 


 sprint:                          matrixfight:


 



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Butchie

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Butchie wrote:



My DBQ topic is the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers.


 


 sprint:                          matrixfight:


 




I did it wrong. 





 



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Julia Greene

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i was thinking of doing:


The Holocaust was one of the most disturbing and destructive events of history.  The Nazis of Germany formed genocide against the minorities of Europe and North Africa. The Nazis were lead by Adolf Hitler, and his main target was the Jews of Europe. His idea was to create the perfect race and get rid of all of those who did not apply to it by any means necessary.


 


Was it possible for the minorities to overcome their destruction and turn against the Nazis because of their mass population?


mr e. please help reword it if it sounds funny because it kind of does to me.



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L. Gonzalez

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The topic of my DBQ question is going to be on the Panic of 1857.


 


Question: The Mexican-American War led to many changes inn the U.S. including the famous Panic of 1857.  Even though it was an immense downfall in the economy of the U.S., the recovery from it was even stronger and greater.  What were some other causes of the Panic and steps that were taken that led to the strong recovery.


 


Do you think this a good question?



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sarah

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I havent worked out all the details like a clear-cut questoin or anything, but Im thinking of doing my DBQ on the changing social scene of the 1920's and its effect on the country's economy and culture.



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Tanya

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my topic:  women's rights


I'm still not fully sure whether I'm going to keep this as my topic.



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CRYSTAL

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I'm thinking of a topic within period of World War 2, the specifics aren't worked out yet, so that's my general idea.


 




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mre

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s.bailey wrote:


southern secession, was it justified?


Interestingly, Hawaii faces this issue now.  A couple of years ago, they held a non-binding referrendum to determine if they should secede.  Believe it or not, Quebec also did the same in Canada, because of its predominance of French culture. 

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mre

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C.Santos wrote:


Ok I pick my question having to do with the Civil War period.


Seems to be a popular one right now.  Do you have anything particular in mind?  John Brown?

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mre

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Amanda wrote:


my topic is Southern retaliation after the Civil War


Hmm... Reconstruction is one of the least studied periods in American history, Amanda.  Eric Foner is considered to be an expert on the field as far as historians go.  He should have some excellent resources.  He's also the author of one of the textbooks I have in my class.  There was also an interesting PBS documentary on Reconstruction that has a good web site if you're interested. 

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mre

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C. Santos wrote:



Ok got my question.


John Brown's raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, involved only a handful of  abolitionists, freed no slaves, and was over in two days. Although many Northerners condemned the raid, by 1863  John Brown had become hero and martyr in the North. To what extent and in what ways do the views about John  Brown expressed in the documents illustrate changing North-South relations between 1859 and 1863 and how did it contribute to helping out start the Civil War?




Hmm... that question's been asked before Curt.  Did you know that?

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mre

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My DBQ topic is the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers.



Butchie, there are many different directions you could take with this question.  You could examine the COINTELPRO program that the FBI ran that actually bugged and even killed some Panther leaders, or you could examine the writings of Angela Davis or Huey Newton, or focus on the issues black power represented or the impact they had on the civil rights movement.

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mre

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Julia Greene wrote:



i was thinking of doing:


The Holocaust was one of the most disturbing and destructive events of history.  The Nazis of Germany formed genocide against the minorities of Europe and North Africa. The Nazis were lead by Adolf Hitler, and his main target was the Jews of Europe. His idea was to create the perfect race and get rid of all of those who did not apply to it by any means necessary.


 


Was it possible for the minorities to overcome their destruction and turn against the Nazis because of their mass population?


mr e. please help reword it if it sounds funny because it kind of does to me.




Good topic.  You might want to state it directly and then ask the reader to assess the statement's validity (take a position).  You should also open the question so that the reader could use other genocides as examples, like Native Americans, Cambodians, East Timorese and more.

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mre

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L. Gonzalez wrote:



The topic of my DBQ question is going to be on the Panic of 1857.


 


Question: The Mexican-American War led to many changes inn the U.S. including the famous Panic of 1857.  Even though it was an immense downfall in the economy of the U.S., the recovery from it was even stronger and greater.  What were some other causes of the Panic and steps that were taken that led to the strong recovery.


 


Do you think this a good question?




Sure, you could do this, or examine and compare other economic depressions and their resolutions.  What methods were similar or different to resolve the economic disparities that created each depression.  They occur in 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893, and 1929.

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mre

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L. Gonzalez wrote:



The topic of my DBQ question is going to be on the Panic of 1857.


 


Question: The Mexican-American War led to many changes inn the U.S. including the famous Panic of 1857.  Even though it was an immense downfall in the economy of the U.S., the recovery from it was even stronger and greater.  What were some other causes of the Panic and steps that were taken that led to the strong recovery.


 


Do you think this a good question?




Also, you might have a difficult time proving that the Mexican War was the only or the direct cause of the panic of 1857.  It was complicated.

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mre

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sarah wrote:



I havent worked out all the details like a clear-cut questoin or anything, but Im thinking of doing my DBQ on the changing social scene of the 1920's and its effect on the country's economy and culture.




Sarah, the 20's are just cool.  You could examine radio, sports, movies, fashion, games, books, culture, ethnicity, gender, class issues, immigration issues, prohibition, religious revivalism (yup, just about this time every 100 years), science vs. religion (Scopes Trial) and the effects of WW1.

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mre

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Tanya wrote:



my topic:  women's rights


I'm still not fully sure whether I'm going to keep this as my topic.




As we talked in class, this is a great topic with lots of options.  You could examine the forces opposing women's rights, the methods use to fight for them, the definition of women's rights, the impact of other forces (war, economics, religion, etc.) influencing women's rights...

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mre

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CRYSTAL wrote:



I'm thinking of a topic within period of World War 2, the specifics aren't worked out yet, so that's my general idea.




Crystal, that's a great topic but there's so many things to consider... maybe these websites will help... http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/, http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/, http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WW.htm, and even a couple assignments I whipped up last year... http://www.engineofsouls.com/2006-ww2.htm.

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C. Santos

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Ok let me rephrase the question then to make it sound very different.


In the time of mass chaos from 1850 to the time of the Civil War many events occured which led up to the start of the Civil War. Among these is the Raid at Harpers Ferry by John Brown and a group of others. How did the action taken by John Brown lead up to more arguments between the South and the North and did it have a direct effect at actually starting the Civil War?



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Alex Z.

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mre wrote:


Sarah, the 20's are just cool.  You could examine radio, sports, movies, fashion, games, books, culture, ethnicity, gender, class issues, immigration issues, prohibition, religious revivalism (yup, just about this time every 100 years), science vs. religion (Scopes Trial) and the effects of WW1.



Do you think it would be possible to do a DBQ on why there is a religious "awakening" of sorts once per century in this country, or is that a little too broad and crazy too attempt?


Hey, I'm just throwing this out there...


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mre

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Alex Z. wrote:



mre wrote:


Sarah, the 20's are just cool.  You could examine radio, sports, movies, fashion, games, books, culture, ethnicity, gender, class issues, immigration issues, prohibition, religious revivalism (yup, just about this time every 100 years), science vs. religion (Scopes Trial) and the effects of WW1.



Do you think it would be possible to do a DBQ on why there is a religious "awakening" of sorts once per century in this country, or is that a little too broad and crazy too attempt?


Hey, I'm just throwing this out there...



Alex, causality is an interesting subject of study in historical research.  Does every action have a cause?  Is every event an action based on choice?  Do all choices made influence events?  To understand 'why' is to understand cause and choice.  Do you think you can objectively analyze the causes of religious awakenings or the choices that bring them to happen?  It would be a difficult challenge but an interesting one.  I would guess that there would be about a hundred variables... but hey, what's a challenge if its not a good one?

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mre

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C. Santos wrote:



Ok let me rephrase the question then to make it sound very different.


In the time of mass chaos from 1850 to the time of the Civil War many events occured which led up to the start of the Civil War. Among these is the Raid at Harpers Ferry by John Brown and a group of others. How did the action taken by John Brown lead up to more arguments between the South and the North and did it have a direct effect at actually starting the Civil War?




Hey Curt.  Maybe you didn't understand the assignment.  I am asking students to create their own DBQ questions, not copy them from the internet.  Your previous John Brown question was a word for word copy from the 1982 AP Exam.  Maybe you should change your topic and do it on your own.

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Kelsey Smith

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Something to do with World War II; I知 not sure what direction I知 going to take it in though. I'll know by tomarrow.

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sarah

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Amanda wrote:


my topic is Southern retaliation after the Civil War



if you were planning on using John Wilkes Booth as an example for this, I have a ridiculous book that would probably help you out a lot.


Its all about his conspiracy theory and how he killed Lincoln.It also mentions a lot of letters and stuff that he sent to family members, which would help with finding proof documents.  


Just let me know if you need it :]



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sarah

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mre wrote:


Sarah, the 20's are just cool.  You could examine radio, sports, movies, fashion, games, books, culture, ethnicity, gender, class issues, immigration issues, prohibition, religious revivalism (yup, just about this time every 100 years), science vs. religion (Scopes Trial) and the effects of WW1.



Okay, my question is pretty much


How did economic and political changes effect American society and culture, and vice versa? Does the same process still take place in today's society?


 


That's a very rough draft. Feel free to critique it as you will



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C. Santos

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I would like to change the subject to have to do with the time frame of World War 2. Id like to try and talk about American involvement in the war and y they jumped in it. Ill develop my question after some reasearch on the topic.

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sarah

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Kelsey Smith wrote:


Something to do with World War II; I知 not sure what direction I知 going to take it in though. I'll know by tomarrow.



 


Kelsey, something to do with the Air Force and like, the technological advances in aireal war equipment would be pretty cool. Though that might be hard to find documents on Just an idea though.



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Alex Z.

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mre wrote:


Alex, causality is an interesting subject of study in historical research.  Does every action have a cause?  Is every event an action based on choice?  Do all choices made influence events?  To understand 'why' is to understand cause and choice.  Do you think you can objectively analyze the causes of religious awakenings or the choices that bring them to happen?  It would be a difficult challenge but an interesting one.  I would guess that there would be about a hundred variables... but hey, what's a challenge if its not a good one?



Hmm... although this sounds very interesting and all, for the purposes of this class, I think I'll do something more, well, doable.
However, I'll look into this topic later on on my own.
(wow, that last sentence came out odd)

real Topic to come...


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Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston were appointed to write the draft for the Declaration of Independence, and on July 4th, 1776 Congress adopted the Declaration into the Constitution. What led the United States to declare its independence from Great Britain and how did these Founding Father's individual beliefs influence the Declaration of Independence.



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One of the biggest challenges faced by african americans is cultural oppression. Although it has dwindled in the past 50 years it still lingers today. Analyze the oppression of african americans culture; from during the civil rights movement up until present day.


 


not fully developed, but its getting there. 


your is appreciated.



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mre wrote:



Crystal, that's a great topic but there's so many things to consider... maybe these websites will help... http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/, http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/, http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WW.htm, and even a couple assignments I whipped up last year... http://www.engineofsouls.com/2006-ww2.htm.



okay, so i've narrowed it down to a topic that pertains to pearl harbor. next step, forming the question...



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mre

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Kelsey Smith wrote:


Something to do with World War II; I知 not sure what direction I知 going to take it in though. I'll know by tomarrow.



Kelsey, see the links that I gave Crystal.  Maybe they'll help.


 



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mre

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sarah wrote:



How did economic and political changes effect American society and culture, and vice versa? Does the same process still take place in today's society?



Affect, not effect.  Affect is a verb.  Effect is a noun.  It gets mixed up all of the time.  That question is an interesting one, but I would suggest that it get a little more specific.  Did you have an answer in mind?  Think about some aspect of the 20's for instance and what connections you could potentially draw between the economic/political and social events and issues in the US at that time...

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mre

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C. Santos wrote:


I would like to change the subject to have to do with the time frame of World War 2. Id like to try and talk about American involvement in the war and y they jumped in it. Ill develop my question after some reasearch on the topic.


Some things you might want to look at are the Neutrality Acts in the 1930's, the Lend Lease Act, the business relationships that existed between American corporations and the NAZI government, American non-involvement in Japan's rampage through Asia, etc.

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mre

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sarah wrote:



Kelsey Smith wrote:


Something to do with World War II; I知 not sure what direction I知 going to take it in though. I'll know by tomarrow.  

Kelsey, something to do with the Air Force and like, the technological advances in aireal war equipment would be pretty cool. Though that might be hard to find documents on Just an idea though.






On that note, you might want to check out this site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls/index.html



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mre

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kp wrote:



Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston were appointed to write the draft for the Declaration of Independence, and on July 4th, 1776 Congress adopted the Declaration into the Constitution. What led the United States to declare its independence from Great Britain and how did these Founding Father's individual beliefs influence the Declaration of Independence.




KP, you might find that a bit hard to answer since all of those guys said, "Hey Tom! Get over here and write this for us!"

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mre

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jay-leesa wrote:



One of the biggest challenges faced by african americans is cultural oppression. Although it has dwindled in the past 50 years it still lingers today. Analyze the oppression of african americans culture; from during the civil rights movement up until present day.






Jay-Leesa, it's a very intersesting topic... but the oppression of culture?  Do you mean that Congress is passing laws banning hip hop?  Obviously, that's a little extreme.  Do you refer to institutional racism?  That would be a more specific way of asking the question.  You could use lots of examples there... or you could specify it a bit more by focusing only on the political, economic of social effects of institutional racism.  I would suggest writing your question as a statement and then asking students to assess its validity.  Take sides, you know?



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mre

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CRYSTAL wrote:




mre wrote:



Crystal, that's a great topic but there's so many things to consider... maybe these websites will help... http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/, http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/, http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WW.htm, and even a couple assignments I whipped up last year... http://www.engineofsouls.com/2006-ww2.htm.




okay, so i've narrowed it down to a topic that pertains to pearl harbor. next step, forming the question...




Crystal, you might want to focus on the Japanese reasons for attacking the US first, or whether FDR knew the attack would happen and didn't do anything about it (a controversial historical claim).  With questions on battles, basically you are limited to their causes or their effects, but not the events themselves.

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CRYSTAL

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mre wrote:



Crystal, you might want to focus on the Japanese reasons for attacking the US first, or whether FDR knew the attack would happen and didn't do anything about it (a controversial historical claim).  With questions on battles, basically you are limited to their causes or their effects, but not the events themselves.



okay, yeah. i like that one


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Okay Mr. Everett, here's my attempt at the DBQ question:


Over the centuries women have been discriminated against in society. Briefly examine how the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 influenced the 都econd wave of feminism in the late twentieth century. How did second wave feminists deal with the issues, such as gender discrimination, for example, society presented them with?




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Sorr Mr. E that I am posting this so late.  I never had a chance to go online yesterday after school.  But, after you mentioned the influenza of 1918, I think I will use it as my DBQ question.  I have already found a document.  Here is my possible question: 


In 1918, the Great War was ending and people throughout America were just beginning to relax.  However, that very same year a new war would soon hit the headlines.  An influenza outbreak began to sweep the nation, first brewing in New England.  What were the causes and effects of the 1918 influenza outbreak on American society?


(I think I need a more indepth question.)



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Alex Z.

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Alright, I think my topic will be the solution to the northeastern border dispute in the 1880s.

If that is too small a topic to do, Mr. E., I'll do the whole north-northeastern border (Great Lakes).



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mre

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CRYSTAL wrote:



mre wrote:



Crystal, you might want to focus on the Japanese reasons for attacking the US first, or whether FDR knew the attack would happen and didn't do anything about it (a controversial historical claim).  With questions on battles, basically you are limited to their causes or their effects, but not the events themselves.



okay, yeah. i like that one



OK, Crystal.  Now, can you put it in question form?

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mre

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Tanya wrote:



Okay Mr. Everett, here's my attempt at the DBQ question:


Over the centuries women have been discriminated against in society. Briefly examine how the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 influenced the 都econd wave of feminism in the late twentieth century. How did second wave feminists deal with the issues, such as gender discrimination, for example, society presented them with?





Tanya, remember that there are two basic types of DBQ questions that can be asked: those that provide explanations (descriptive) and those that require writers to take positions (analytical).  Examining how Seneca Falls influenced the 'sacond wave' of feminism is a question about causality - what brought it about, or what is the connection / relationship.  How did the second wave deal with the issues society presented them with is a question that asks about methodology - what did they do?  Both are descriptive.  You might want to ask how effective was the second wave at confrinting the issues society presented them with.  That allows the reader to take a position and defend it.   

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