Document Based Questions, or DBQs, are a great way to teach history and inquiry at all levels! Even elementary students can use the DBQ process, that was once only used in AP classes. In fact the younger they start, the faster they get ahead! Check out these DBQ resources to use in your history classroom.
The DBQ Project is a great program for schools and districts to purchase that has pre-made DBQs organized by subject area and level. They will even come train your teachers on implementing DBQs! They have both paper and online DBQs available. Learn more about the DBQ process here: https://www.dbqproject.com/about-us/dbq-project-method/
Great tips on how to create your own DBQs for your classroom. Link: https://www.socialstudiessuccess.com/2015/12/writing-your-own-dbq.html
Great tips on how to prepare and implement DBQs in your class! Link: https://letscultivategreatness.com/how-to-effectively-build-a-dbq-classroom/
Having a hard time deciding when to teach the DBQ or how to introduce it? Click here for help: https://www.teachingchannel.com/blog/engaging-dbq
Having a hard time doing the "thrash-out" before your students write their essay? Check out these tips for whole-class discussions: https://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/teaching-guides/25620
Younger and lower-level literacy students need the DBQ process scaffolding for them. This site has great help on how to scaffold the DBQ for elementary students: https://historytech.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/history-nerdfest-2016-day-one-dbqs-and-elementary-kids/
DBQ for Elementary--Fighting for a Cause: https://projecttahoe.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2-Core-Knowledge-DBQ-Fighting-for-a-Cause.pdf
Sample DBQs for Early American History: https://www.monroe.kyschools.us/userfiles/993/Classes/1603/Document%20Based%20Questions.pdf
US Western Expansion DBQ:
Primary Sources and DBQ Questions for Ancient/Medieval China
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire DBQ
The Salem Witch Trials DBQ is modified from The DBQ Project's binder. The background essay has been replaced by a video from the HistoryChannel.
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