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Biggest problems in writing for social studies is identifying a question. People fail essays because they answer the wrong question. This is the process on how to appropriately break down a question.
HOW TO DBQ: Breaking down a question.
Break down the question: 1. What is the Verb? (What is it asking us to do?) Analyze the responses to the spread of Buddhism up to 800 CE.
Discussion about what analyze means.
Break down the question: 2. What is the subject? Analyze the responses to the spread of Buddhism up to 800 CE.
Explain that responses are not "how" it spread, but how people reacted to its spread.
Break down the question: 3. Are there any constraints? (Time frame, subject, people, etc.) Analyze the responses to the spread of Buddhism up to 800 CE.
Cannot provide facts that happen after this date. Sometimes it will have a time window, but not applicable here.
Process can be applied to any question. Essentials that not included: knowverbs, content, and chronology. Can impact answers.
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