Social Studies Update Archives

Middle School Social Studies

Mrs. Schneider's 7th Graders have been working on a Document-Based Question (DBQ) on the spread of Islam, from a modest beginning in west-central Arabia to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Students will examine documents to answer the question: Why did Islam spread so quickly?

High School Social Studies

Mrs. Swann's U.S. History students are also exploring Document-Based Questions and will be completing a DBQ on the Chinese Exclusion Act, which examines the causes and consequences of exclusion laws and determine what lessons can be learned from them. Students will answer the question, What key lessons can be learned through a study of the Chinese Exclusion Acts, and which of these lesson is the most important?

What's a DBQ?

A Document Based Question or DBQ is a question that requires students to first examine a series of related documents to reach an opinion or conclusion. Typically, students will examine 3-8 topic related documents prior to addressing the question.  After examining the documents student will develop a one sentence response to the question.  This will serve as their claim or thesis statement to assist them developing evidence to support claim. DBQ responses are often 2-3 paragraphs in length and require students to cite evidence from the documents to support their claim. DBQ activities are excellent in aiding students’ abilities to formulate arguments using evidence.  It also teaches students how to examine resources from multiple viewpoints and how information can be manipulated to formulate an argument “for” or “against” the claim.