THE RATIONALE FOR A DBQ LESSON
Document-Based Essay (DBQ) questions teach students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement classes invaluable thinking and writing skills. Students learn to interpret primary source documents, critically examine different points of view, and deepen their understanding of textbooks and classroom discussions. Students in World, European, and United States History AP classes learn to combine outside information with the primary source material, an important step for writing research papers and college preparation. Traditionally the DBQ has been the preserve of gifted students. It is too valuable an instrument to be thus restricted because it offers opportunities for all students to participate in high-level critical thinking and writing exercises
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