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Post by Elizabeth Turro on April 5, 2016

Hi, Mohamed,
It is an excellent idea to efficiently group your documents, but I would not recommend including the citations in the introduction.  You may certainly refer in general to the two different regional foreign policy approaches and expand upon your thesis a bit more in the intro and expand the thesis even more in the conclusion.  Have strong topic sentences and refer to the documents in the body of the essay.  I think that if you go into greater depth and flesh out your analyses of the documents and bring in the historic context, point of view, intended audience, etc...

Great question and good luck to you!

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Post by Mohamed Loirraqi on April 4, 2016

For the introduction of the DBQ essay, is it wrong to put groupings as your thesis and cite the documents you will be using for each grouping?  

Example: "The United States foreign policy from 1890-1917 changed in that the United States took an effort to protect interests in the Caribbean through military efforts (Doc. 1, 3, 4,6) but remained the same in that the United States remained neutral from European affairs (Doc. 2, 5,7) ".

AP Practice Exam, Section II: Free Response

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  • Intro 0:00
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  • Free-Response Section: DBQ 1:38
    • Brainstorm and Jot Down What You Already Know
    • Highlighter
    • Use Outside Knowledge
    • Assess and Cite the Documents
  • Free-Response Section: Long Essay 7:02
    • Historical Thinking Skills
    • Thematic Learning Objectives
    • Include an Introduction
    • Supporting Evidence
  • Free-Response Section: DBQ 8:25
    • Introduction
    • Thesis
    • Body Paragraphs
    • Support With Evidence
    • Historical Phenomena
    • Synthesize the Above Components
    • Conclusion
    • Restate Thesis
    • Synthesize the Evidence
    • Sample Thesis
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  • Free-Response Section: Long Essay 23:21
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    • Continuity Over Time
    • Change Over Time
    • Historical Thinking Skills and Use of Evidence
    • Conclusion and Analysis