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Even in High School, They Grow with DBQ

By Tom O’Hara, teacher, West High School, Tracy USD I teach US History to 11th graders, and I’ve been teaching for 28 years in a school which has a large percentage of students who live in…

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More DBQs Have Improved Our Scores

Social Studies and World Languages Support Specialist Higley Unified School District, Arizona In Higley Unified School Distirct, we administer a pretest in the first week of school for (9-12). It is a reading test, but…

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Getting the Argument in Writing

Monet Webster, 6th grade teacher, Belleville, IL   Yesterday I came back to my class and implemented the Guided Essay on the Free Blacks in the North DBQ. It went PHENOMENALLY!!! The students were so…

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Building Sustainability: A “Mentor” Coaching Model

By Don Azevada Elk Grove Unified School District History Program Specialist and TAH Project Director The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), the largest school district in Northern California, has formally been associated with The…

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Message from The DBQ Project Co-Founders

Why The DBQ Project? Why Now? As state and national assessments move towards evidence-based responses, teachers need appropriate models of curriculum and instruction now. We believe it is unfair to raise the bar on teachers…

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Testing My Thesis

By Jackie Migliori of The DBQ Project On any given evening during my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, I would receive an invitation to spend the evening at that campus’s favorite hang-out, the…

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The DBQ and Close Reading

By Mollie Hackett, The DBQ Project In classrooms across the country, a new emphasis is being placed on engaging students in “close reading.”  The goal is to create students who read with a critical eye,…

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Why Are Good Questions So Important?

By Beth Montgomery, The DBQ Project Identifying bad questions is often easier than identifying good ones.  “Read Chapter 3, Section 2 and answer the questions that follow” is not an inspiring question. “Explain What Happened…

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Investing in The DBQ Project Makes Sense

By Mark Quinlivan, Social Studies Coordinator Laramie County School District #1,  Cheyenne, WY   Testing and accountability have put a tremendous amount of pressure on the teachers in our district. Our state test does not…

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