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Source Based Question (SBQ) Notes

Social Studies
Inference [2 Paragraphs]

I can infer from Source _______ that ___________.

Source _______ states ______________________.

I can also infer from Source ________ that __________.


Source _______ states __________________________.

'Why' inference questions [2 Paragraphs]

I can infer from Source ________ that the cartoonist is trying to convince _____________ (who) that ____________, so
that they (the audience) will _____________ (desired reaction). The Source shows that __________________.

I can also infer from Source ___________ that the cartoonist is trying to convince _______________ (who) that
__________________, so that they (the audience will...) _______________. The Source shows that __________________.

Comparison [2 Paragraphs]

How different are these sources? (1 Similarity, 1 Difference)


How are these sources different/similar? (2 Differences/Similar)

Source A and B are different on how they ______________. Source A is ___________, while Source B is ______________.
Source A states that ______________, therefore _______________. However, Source B states that _______________,
therefore __________________.

Reliability [1 Source] [1 Paragraph]

-State Your Stand


-Give Evidence
-Cross Refer To Back Up Claim
*Are all sources are correct to a certain extent? Or is it a 100% reliable/100% unreliable?

(Does the Source prove that...)

[Yes/No] Source E [does/does not] prove that ____________. Source E states that _______________. This is also
[supported/refuted] in Source D. Source D states that ________________.

-It does prove because it is reliable as (the provenance).

Reliability [2 Sources]

*These two sources differ in view. Does it mean that one is wrong?

Possibilities: Both right, both wrong, one is more reliable than the other.

Step 1: State your stand


Step 2: Prove Source D's reliability [reliable or unreliable]
Step 3: Prove Source Es reliability [reliable or unreliable]
If unable to find a wrong or right source then state that the two sources are expressing different views and
opinions. [Does this mean I prove that both sources are reliable because they are expressing things from their
own point of perspective, hence there is no right or wrong?]

Usefulness [3 Paragraphs]

1st Paragraph - How is it useful?


2nd Paragraph - How is it limited
3rd Paragraph - Weigh and Rank?

Source C is useful because it tells me that ___________. The source states, __________. [1st Inference?] It also helps
me to understand _____________ the issue that __________. The source states that ____________. [2nd Inference?] The
source is also useful as the information is accurate. It tells us that _____________. This is supported in Source
__________ which similarly states. [3rd Inference?]

However, its usefulness is limited as the source does not tell _________ which can be seen in other sources such as
___________ & ___________. In Source ____, it states _________ and in source ____, it states __________.

Assertion [Paragraphs]

-Classify all the sources into agree/disagree/support

Sources ____ and ___ supports but Sources ____ and _____ do not support (or whatever the question asks)
Source ____ supports (the issue). Source states ___________ (evidence). This shows that _____________ (explain).
[Repeat same step for other supporting source]
Source _______ does not agree/support (the issue). The source states that ___________. This shows that
_______________ (evidence). [Repeat for other disagreeing sources]