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The Constitution Debate DBQ Practice Worksheet

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Students Struggling With the DBQ?(Just kidding, of course, they are!) The DBQ is a beast and these sheets are designed to help students tame that dreaded beast!

A quick and easy way for students to practice analyzing documents and mastering the "HIPP" aspect of the analysis! These are teacher and student-friendly, designed for one purpose- to help break down the complicated requirements for the DBQ rubric so students can master it! These can be completed in class or as homework and should take students between 25-45 minutes but can be extended to a longer lesson if the teacher desires students to grade and pair share one another's writing. Learning to write an APUSH DBQ just got a little easier 👊

The prompt is: "Compare and contrast the concerns and goals of the Federalists and the Anti-federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution." 

What's Included in this DBQ Worksheet

This is a two-page worksheet. Page one gives the prompt and a document. Below it are exemplars using the document within an essay. One is a poorly written exemplar to show students the common mistakes students make and it breaks down what is wrong with it. Next is a strongly written exemplar that teaches how to correctly analyze and HIPP the document. There are quick pointers below for students to recognize what is done well with the analysis writing. 

 Page 2 gives another document for the same prompt and challenges students to write a paragraph. By using the exemplars from page one, students should be able to write a high-quality analysis of the document entirely on their own. This builds off the skills from the previous DBQ practice sheet, but can be used totally independent of it as well.

 These sheets will definitely help any struggling writers to learn how to analyze documents more effectively within their essays to earn a 6 or 7 on the DBQ!

Can be used digitally or as printouts. A PDF and a word file are given to allow teachers freedom to manipulate the document.

This will help you teach the DBQ and help students learn to write the DBQ effectively!

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