DBQ Day 5: Five Rings to Rule Them All

It’s Olympic time!  2008 Revised DBQ

With the summer games this year in Rio, our students should have at least some idea of the modern Olympic movement in the back of the minds.  The 2008 legacy DBQ has 10 documents and plenty of visuals, so creating a new DBQ was only a matter of trimming.  I briefly considered adding this picture of London’s Olympic mascots as a visual document…
creepy mascot

…but then decided the AP exam already gives students enough nightmares.

Thinking more broadly, the old annotated rubrics put together by Angela “The Mad WHAPchatter” Lee and Bill “Free Billy” Strickland presented in this article on World History Connected were essential to my students learning how to write the essay.   Students found the four-sided analysis organizer particularly helpful, especially on early essays.

annotated document

What might be on the four sides of an updated organizer for the new exam?

2 thoughts on “DBQ Day 5: Five Rings to Rule Them All

  1. Sam Routhier says:

    Cool analysis chart. Could we play with “SOAPStone” or “AP Parts” or “HAP-P” on one side (HAP-P for Historical Context, Audience, Purpose, Point of View), Grouping on another, Outside Historical Knowledge on a third, and Contextualization on a fourth? I worry that the last two ideas are really more about the broad scope of the essay topic instead of just a singular document though.

    For this essay, what do you think for effective outside historical knowledge? So if a body paragraph were describing how nationalism was a factor shaping the Olympic games, could I just bring in some facts about fascism and get the job done? Is that really connecting back to the prompt? Or for women’s roles, could I connect it to rising women’s participation in wartime economies and get the point? These seem like cool ways to contextualize, but they’re not directly tied to answering the question.

  2. Angela Lee says:

    Mad WHAPchatter 😀

    I will have to think about how I’d revise the process for students to approach docs — that approach was originally “stolen” from Bill Ziegler.

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