SAMPLE DBQ ESSAY
Question: Describe the
efforts to create more literacy in
D = used a document. Must use at least 6. Only 1 point for each document used so using the same document over and over is not good unless you are putting in different groups.
Group = 2 or more documents in the same sentence that agree about an idea. Must use at least 3 groups. The common idea of the group MUST be stated as well. The same document may be used in more than one group.
B = Bias or prejudice. Explain why the writer is trustworthy as a source or why the writer has a perspective or bias that gets in the way of an accurate description of an event.
The changes in literacy levels in
First of all,
growth in literacy levels was most prevalent amongst the rural northerners as
Francois Furet (Doc)
and Jacques Ozouf (Doc) point out GROUP.
The pastoral visits and inquires of indentants also
show that there were more schools in the north; this was due in part by their
extra money received from. more fertile crop harvests,
which was spoken of by Arthur Young (Doc)
on one of his trips to
Many people believed strongly in the education of the poor. The majority of these people were clergymen like the French Bishop (Doc) who wrote that one letter in 1737, the priests who in 1769 wrote to their bishops (Doc), and even some commoners like the folks who wrote the Cahier (Doc) in a village near Paris GROUP. However, their bias is obvious, because they are poor people who want to be educated to become wealthier (B); so we must take that into consideration.
Many more wealthy people wrote out against education of the poor, most of these people wrote from a very secular viewpoint. An intendant (Doc) wrote in a letter that he detested peasants learning, a government official in southern France(Doc) also wrote against it, and a French aristocrat (Doc) also wrote against it (Group), but we cannot take him very seriously seeing as he is a rich person (B), and merely wants to keep the poor man weaker than him and an education would empower them. Some people spoke out in a theistic manor too; in a government report in 1744 (Doc) they say that educating the poor is not what God intended. But none of these people could stop the writings of the satirical mastermind Francois Quesney (Doc), who used his writings to denounce French society's emphasis on producing soldiers and workers and not educated men. His opinion should be favored above all else(B although silly), because he used humor to persuade his readers, and it is a wide known fact that funny people don't like school, so therefore he didn't enjoy school but still supported the peasants.
Thesis = 1 point,
ATQ = 1 point,
12 docs = 1 point,
4 groups = 1 point,
4 Bias = 1 point,
explanations of documents = 1 point
= 6 points so bonus points are available
1 Bonus point for extra group is awarded (bias not good enough for extra point)
SCORE = 7/9