The Document-Based Questions (DBQ) Project
The DBQ Project was founded in 2000 to support teachers and students in learning to read smart, think straight, and write more clearly. As teachers, we believe all students can develop high-level critical thinking skills if they have consistent instruction and a chance to practice. We also believe that when we provide teachers with materials that blend educational best practices and content-specific questions, we promote and support transformational change in our schools.
The DBQ Project is committed to helping teachers implement rigorous writing and thinking activities with students of all skill levels.
They are guided by the 5 core beliefs below:
- All students need to learn how to think.
- Learning to think requires practice.
- Thinking is hard work.
- Thinking is clarified by writing.
- Thinking is for everyone.
The DBQ Project Implementation Plan
The DBQ Project Implementation Plan includes the purpose, goals, actions, strategies, and people responsible for ensuring that DBQs are successfully implemented in Aiken County Public Middle Schools during the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to view the full Implementation Plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does DBQ stand for? DBQ stands for Document-Based Question.
What is a DBQ? A DBQ is an overarching question that is posed to students asking them to respond using evidence that they acquire from analyzing multiple documents.
How is a DBQ used? A is used by Social Studies teachers as an instructional tool to teach their students how to read and think critically and to write clearly.
How can teachers access DBQs? Teachers can access DBQs at www.dbqonline.com or request hard copies from their school’s DBQ Representative or Media Specialist.
Do students have access to DBQs? Yes. Middle school students have individual online DBQ accounts which can be accessed at www.dbqonline.com. They must enter the network username and password to access their online account. (Most students know their username and password. If not, they can request it from their teacher).
Can parents access their child’s DBQ Online account? Yes. Parents can use their child’s network username and password to access their child’s online account. If your child does not know his/her username and password, you may request it from their Social Studies teacher).
Who can I contact if I have questions about DBQs or DBQ Online? You can contact Dr. Laura A. Bacon, the Middle Level Social Studies Content