Our Mini-Q lessons are shorter (3-7 documents) and also help students understand the process of close analysis, interrogation of documents, and argument writing. Each Mini-Q is highly scaffolded and may be adapted for students of all skill levels. To help teachers demonstrate elements of proficient writing, each Mini-Q lesson comes with three norming essays: non-proficient, proficient, and higher proficiency. Students and teachers alike may analyze these sample essays to evaluate writing, to learn protocols for using and citing evidence, and to address questions of style. In short, Mini-Qs are shorter, more scaffolded DBQs.