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Name:____________________________________ Bell:__________________________ 

 
What is the QUESTION we are ANSWERING in this DBQ? 

 
What INFORMATION are we LOOKING FOR in the DBQ to answer the QUESTION? 
 
 
 

 
 

 
1. What is the DIFFERENCE (number) in the number of soldiers from DECEMBER 1777 
to FEBRUARY 1778?  
 
 
2. What do you notice about the ILLNESS ESTIMATES DURING ENCAMPMENT from 
December 1777 to FEBRUARY 1778? 
 
 
3. How did most soldiers DIE during ENCAMPMENT?  
 
4. Based on this document, ​if you were a soldier at Valley Forge, would you have 
quit? Why or why not? 

 
 
 
 
Document B 

 
1. Read the caption. What is happening in this source? 
 
 
2. Why did the Congressional Committee come to Valley Forge? 
 
3. Why did the soldiers at Valley Forge need “more food and clothing?” 
 
 
4. ​Based on this document, ​if you were a soldier at Valley Forge, would you have quit? 
Why or why not? 

 
 

 
 
DOCUMENT C  
 
 

 
 
 
1. Who wrote this source? What was his job? 
 
 
2. How does Dr. Waldo feel at Valley Forge?  
 
3. List 2 of the struggles soldiers are facing at Valley Forge. 
 
4. ​Based on this document, ​if you were a soldier at Valley Forge, would you have quit? 
Why or why not? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you were a soldier at Valley Forge, would you have quit? Why or why not? 

 
Reason #1:  

 
 
What document is this reason from?​ Document   

 
Reason #2:  

 
 
 
What document is this reason from? Document   

 
Reason #3:  

 
What document is this reason from? Document  
Thesis Statement 
A thesis statement is your MAIN SENTENCE. It ANSWERS the DBQ with your 
THREE REASONS. 
 
 

I have decided to ​quit/not quit ​being a soldier at Valley Forge for three reasons which 
are... 
 

1.   

2.  

3.  
 
Write your thesis below: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I. INTRODUCTION 
A. Grabber ​(Ask a question to get your reader’s attention OR state an interesting or 
surprising fact) 
 
 
 
B. Background information on Valley Forge (date, place, situation) ​Write one background 
sentence on Valley Forge. USE YOUR BATTLE NOTES. 
 
 
 
C. Rewrite the DBQ Question 
 
 
 
D. Definition of “quit” (put the definition of quitting in your own words) 
Quitting means  
 
 
 
E. Thesis Sentence  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
II. BODY PARAGRAPH #1​ (Reason One:)  
 
A. Baby Thesis:   
The first reason I will quit being a soldier is  
 
 
B. Evidence: Use evidence from the documents to provide details about Reason One.  
Document ____ supports this claim because  
 
 
C. Argument:  
This reason is causing me to (quit/ not quit) because 
 
 
 
III. BODY PARAGRAPH #2 ​(Reason Two: )  
 
A. Baby Thesis:   
The second reason I will (quit/not quit) being a soldier is  
 
 
B. Evidence: Use evidence from the documents to provide details about Reason One.  
Document ____ supports this claim because  
 
 
C. Argument:  
This reason is causing me to (quit/ not quit) because 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IV. BODY PARAGRAPH #3​ (Reason Three:)  
A. Baby Thesis:   
The third reason I will (quit/not quit) being a soldier is  
 
 
B. Evidence: Use evidence from the documents to provide details about Reason One.  
Document ____ supports this claim because  
 
 
C. Argument:  
This reason is causing me to (quit/ not quit) because 
 
 
V. CONCLUSION 
A. Rewrite your thesis sentence  
I have decided to ​quit/not quit ​being a soldier at Valley Forge for three reasons which are  
 
 
B. Summarize key idea of your argument 
I have made this decision because   
 
 
 
 

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