Teaching With DBQs Decreases Teachers’ Political Bias

by Beth Montgomery An article in the October 13, 2012 edition of the Economist Magazine addressed bias in textbooks (  It Ain’t Necessarily So raised an interesting reason to teach with primary and secondary documents: …

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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…

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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?…

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The DBQ Project at NCSS 2018!

The DBQ Project recently attended the 98th NCSS Annual Conference. Held in Chicago, more than 4,200 attendees and 190 exhibitors were there from across the country. We enjoy attending NCSS each year and were grateful for…

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Using Features of DBQ Online to Analyze Documents

Here at The DBQ Project, we love that DBQ Online has taken off in many districts. Many teachers have shared their strategies on using the platform, and their main message to us, and one we…

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Why Elementary Teachers Should Teach with DBQs

When we began writing our first DBQs in the late 1990s, the goal was to create units that were accessible to a broad range of high school students. In the early 2000s, with the writing…

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