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About The 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.

Why DBQ?

Our professional development workshops and materials have transformed the way school districts across the U.S. comply with state and national standards in language arts and social studies classrooms. Hear supervisors, teachers and students talk about the results they have seen by using our DBQs and LBQs.

Supervisors

Supervisors like The DBQ Project because our lessons increase student engagement and address both content and literacy standards. The DBQ Project supports teachers.

Teachers

Teachers like The DBQ Project because our lessons help differentiate instruction and have support materials for both teachers and students. We help teachers support their students.

Students

Students Like The DBQ Project because our questions are interesting and challenging. When they complete a DBQ, they have a sense of accomplishment that comes from doing authentic and demanding work.

“The DBQ Project engages and challenges students of all ability levels. We have been able to successfully use these materials with students in grades as low as fourth. As a Curriculum Coordinator I have seen many teachers implement dbqs in their classrooms. The process outlined by the DBQ Project provides step-by –step instructions to attain high quality results. One of the most valuable steps I have witnessed is the "thrash out". This acts a pre-writing activity and allows students to formalize their thoughts and gain more insight as they enter into the writing process.”

– Mark Quinlivan, SS Coordinator, Laramie County District #1, Wyoming