Sunday, February 26, 2017

Document Based Questions in the History Classroom

More important in my secondary history class than actually teaching history is teaching my students how to critically think. To have may students "think like historians" is the #1 goal. One of the strategies I consistently use are Document Based Questions,  otherwise known as "DBQ's".
Document Based Questions are either an essay (sometimes even a paragraph), or a series of short-answer questions. Students support their claims by providing evidence from a group of documents - either primary or secondary sources. In my classroom I try to incorporate DBQ's as much a possible. I created this helpful handout for my students that takes them step-by-step through the process of writing a DBQ essay. Get it FREE by clicking HERE!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz7KbLdbhZYpOHlqTHpBZGJkZ0k/copy

Here are just a few examples of DBQ's I use in my classroom:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/World-War-II-Mini-DBQ-Why-Did-Japan-Attack-Pearl-Harbor-8-12-3033029

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/COLD-WAR-DBQ-Who-Started-the-COLD-WAR-Document-Based-Questions-1768677

 
Do you use DBQ's in your classroom?

Happy Teaching!
 

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