Document-Based Question: What caused the break-up between Robert Salinas and Martha Gonzales? What information is missing that would solidify your position? Part A




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Name: __________________________________ Date: __________________
DBQ: The Break-Up

DBQ Created by Abby Garland Adapted by A Saenz
Historical Context: In 2005, Robert Salinas and Martha Gonzales were both in the 10th grade at IDEA College Prep. They had been going out with one another since 8th grade. They broke-up in April 2006. By mid-July of the same year, both Robert and Martha were seeing other people.


  • Directions: The following question is based on the accompanying documents in Part A. As you analyze the documents, take into account both the source of the document and the author’s point of view. For Part B, you will answer the essay question below:


Document-Based Question: What caused the break-up between Robert Salinas and Martha Gonzales? What information is missing that would solidify your position?


  • Part A: The following documents will help you understand the series of events that led to the break-up. Examine each document carefully and answer the questions that follow.


Document 1

Source: Martha Gonzales, student and girlfriend of Robert Salinas, graffiti on a desk in Ms King’s classroom, September 2005




  • Based on the illustration, what can we infer about Martha’s feelings for Robert? What does she believe to be true in terms of their relationship? _____________________________________________________

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Document 2

Source: Robert Salinas, student and boyfriend of Martha Gonzales, posting on his Facebook profile, November 2005

“To all your haters out there… Martha and I are fine! Ok, so we had that fight at the party last weekend, but let me just say this—we are still together! That is never going to change! I love Martha so much, she is so beautiful and we’ve been together so long now that nothing is going to come between us.”


  • In Robert’s view, as expressed by the preceding document, what is causing the conflict between him and Martha? What may be motivating him to say this? _______________________________________

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Document 3

Source: Derek Romero, friend of Martha Gonzales, note passed to Martha at school, January 2006

“Martha, I just found out its true. Yes, it is true. My friend Jorge was there and he said he actually saw it happen. So Robert is just lying to you. He did kiss her. He is lying to you. I just wanted you to know…I’m not trying to break the two of you up or anything, I just think that you’re a beautiful woman who deserves to be treated with respect. I’d never lie to you like that, that’s for sure.


  • Is this a reliable source? Why or why not? _________________________

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  • If Derek had been writing this note to another friend, would the reliability of this source have changed? ___________________________

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Document 4

Source: Robert Salinas, student and boyfriend of Martha Gonzales, text messages to his friend David Rodriguez, January 2006

Robert: to itz not even tru

David: dude you lie

Robert: NO! I swear I quzn’t even there

Robert: wuzn’t*

David: Man, be real. Every1 knows


  • Why do you believe that the creator of this Document Based Question chose to include this document? What larger purpose does it serve in framing the details of the event? __________________

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Document 5

Source: Ana Casas, friend of Martha Gonzales, note to another friend of Martha Gonzales, August 2005


“Ana, don’t get it twisted. Ok, so she did hook up with Pablo. DON’T TELL ANYONE! But she says it was just a summer thing. Anyway it isn’t like she really really cheated on Robert. He was gone all summer with his family in Minnesota and she only kissed Pablo, like, once… so STOP spreading rumors about her! Don’t open your mouth unless you know the facts!”


  • What do you believe motivated Ana Casas to write this letter? What implications might this letter have for either Robert or Martha?

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Document 6

Source: Martha Gonzales, student, private Facebook message to friend Ana Casas, April 2006


“I’m just sick of him! I know for a fact he’s cheated with at least three other girls… he always lies to me and says it isn’t true. I’ve been talking to Derek a lot lately and everything he says just makes so much sense. He’s so smart and nice… and hawt! I don’t know what to do anymore, Ana!”


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Document 7

Source: Mr. S, 10th grade teacher of Robert Gonzales, discipline referral written for Robert Salinas, February 2006


“Student was engaged in an altercation with another student in the hall outside of my classroom. Student was shouting aggressively and did not respond to verbal warning to stop. Please contact parents. Behavior is out of the ordinary for this student.”


  • Who do you think Robert had an altercation with? _________________

  • What outside factors may have led to his behavior? ________________

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Document 8

S
ource: Cricket Wireless, data from cellular phone bills, Summary of text messages, August 2005 through January 2006




  • Hypothesis: Based on your knowledge of this relationship, explain the trend we see from August to December. What factors might account for rises and declines in the number of texts received?

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  • What might explain the difference in the number of text messages received by Martha and Robert? __________________________________

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  • Part B: Construct a well-organized essay that proves your thesis. The essay should be logically presented and should include information both from the documents and from your own analysis.


Document-Based Question: What caused the break-up between Robert Salinas and Martha Gonzales? What information is missing that would solidify your position?


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