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Imali Kent Previews A Lesson from Elementary-Q’s Volume 1: Should Your Town Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles?

    Should Your Town Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles? is a great first unit to try in an elementary classroom.  This interdisciplinary argumentative prompt is a real-world topic and it is accessible because most students already have some background knowledge about plastics. Chances are, there might be some plastic water bottles lying around in their own homes...

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8 Interactive Features of DBQ Online, by Ava Armacost

I am a recent college graduate who has taken classes that use both print and online tools. With the tech tools that I remember enjoying, I engaged with the material more deeply than I did with a pencil and paper. These tools were fun, interactive, and intuitive.  My personal experience is not unique. In fact, recent studies have found that...

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District Spotlight:  Capistrano Unified School District, California

Capistrano Unified School District has had a relationship with The DBQ Project for the past ten years. With the adoption of the Common Core and the C3 Framework, Social Studies Supervisor Nina Glassen and the social studies content lead teachers made a decision to stop using multiple-choice questions to assess student learning and use DBQ Project Mini-Qs instead. According to...

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Using DBQ Online to Make Thinking Visible

The DBQ Online platform includes a feature that allows teachers to view and provide feedback on student work. Teachers can write comments for students on a sticky note like this! How does it really work?  Let's say you are teaching "Why Did So Many Colonists in Jamestown Die?"  Students are annotating Document A and a boy comes up with a...

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