Global History Essay Rubric

, since this is a skill you will need for any DBQ exam (and for your entire academic life).

Then, I’ll go over outlining essays, with some sample outline ideas for the DBQ. Finally, I’ll briefly discuss how to non-awkwardly integrate information from your documents into your writing.

A history teacher would be a great resource, but if they are not available to you in this capacity, here are some other ideas: about the DBQ and you’d like to do a little basic familiarization before you establish your baseline, that’s completely fine.

There’s no point in taking a practice exam if you are going to panic and muddle your way through it; it won’t give a useful picture of your skills.

If, for example, you got a six out of seven and missed one point for doing further document analysis, you won’t need to spend too much time studying how to write a DBQ.

Maybe just do a document analysis exercise every few weeks and check in a couple months later with another timed practice DBQ to make sure you’ve got it.

How often you take the practice DBQs and how many times you repeat the cycle really depends on how much preparation you need, and how often you want to check your progress.

Take practice DBQs often enough that the format stays familiar, but not so much that you’ve done barely any skills practice in between. The general preparation process is to diagnose, practice, test, and repeat.

Just be sure to use the new DBQ rubric if you want to use any of the old prompts provided by the College Board.

(DBQs are in the documents titled “Free-Response Questions.”) I advise you to save all these links (or even download all the Free Response Questions and the Scoring Guides) for reference, because you will be using them again and again for practice.


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