Teaching and Using Document-based Questions for Middle School
This guide focuses on using Document Based Questions (DBQs) to challenge students to interpret primary sources such as letters, diaries, speeches and other historical records.
Challenge your students to interpret primary sources from American History such as letters, diaries, speeches, and other historical records. Students learn to analyze a wide variety of visual and graphic stimuli such as paintings, photographs, charts, and graphs using Document-Based Questions. Containing sixteen different themes selected from major units that are covered in American History, DBQs help to utilize many of the skills stressed by social studies teachers, and are an excellent tool for assessing student progress. The activities are geared primarily toward middle school students (grades 6-8), but can be adapted easily for use by secondary students.
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3 Democracy in Colonial America
4 Loyalists and Patriots in the Revolution
5 Political Parties and the New Nation
6 Differences Between the North and the South
7 Slavery in the United States
13 The Great Depression and the New Deal
14 America in World War II
15 America and the Cold War
16 The Civil Rights Movement
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