Document Based Questioning


In this lesson, students will learn how to analyze, compare, summarize, and cite primary source documents. This skill is essential for many college admittance exams, so we’re giving students plenty of practice with constructed response questions. By the end of the lesson, students will be confident in their ability to pick out content and context from a passage and write a paragraph discussing their position.

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Looking to boost your students’ standardized test scores? Document Based Questioning (DBQ) is the lesson for you! This innovative teaching method emphasizes critical thinking and document analysis, skills that are essential for success on exams like the SAT and ACT. With DBQ, your students will learn how to identify key information in a primary source document and use it to construct a well-supported argument. They’ll also get practice in a format that is similar to what they will encounter on college admittance exams. So why wait? Get your students started on DBQ today!

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5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.