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historical inquiry and document analysis.

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evidence-based, argument writing.

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Content or Skills? That’s Not a Choice!

Teachers ask us all the time, “how can we teach writing and still make sure that students know about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War?  We have standards to cover!” The extent to which a social studies teacher is a language arts teacher comes up frequently as discussions about the Common Core and other College-Ready reforms sweep the nation. We...

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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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