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The DBQ Project - Winter 2022-23 Newsletter
The DBQ Project is Disciplinary Literacy in Context
Elementary students with rich social studies instruction score almost 25% higher on literacy exams than their counterparts (CCSSO). Robert Marzano repeatedly emphasizes the importance of social studies instruction for building strong vocabulary. Students with strong content backgrounds score higher on the SAT and ACT than students who lack content knowledge.
The DBQ Project Approach
For years, the DBQ Project has been designing high quality content literacy lessons for social studies and English language arts. All of our lessons are inquiry-based and student-centered. As students grapple with a compelling question, they read and analyze a series of documents. Ultimately, students draw their own informed conclusions about the central question.
- Our Six-Step Method breaks down what is normally a complex process into manageable, concrete steps.
- Curious? Watch this quick video to learn from Dr. Laura Bacon and Sabrina Buggs about what happened in Aiken County a couple of years ago. Did you say scores increased 9.6%? In secondary? Yes. That happened.
Staff Pick: The Louisiana Territory: Would You Have Supported the Purchase?
Often students approach history as being an inevitable trajectory of events, as if it was all predestined. This sense of inevitability can make history seem a bit boring. But the progress of history was not preordained, rather it’s been ripe with uncertainty and controversy. Such is the case with the Louisiana Purchase.
The new Mini-Q, The Louisiana Territory: Would You Have Supported the Purchase?, brings this pivotal and uncertain moment in history to life, and helps kids understand the controversial nature of this event. Through a series of six documents, students consider the the native tribes occupying the vast Louisiana territory, and the economic incentives and disincentives surrounding the purchase. Further, students explore the rift between Federalist and Jeffersonian Democrats, as well as the constitutionality of the purchase.
In the end, students walk away with a deep understanding of a moment in history when our nation was at an important crossroads.
New Mini-Q's in American History
New Features and Updates
The DBQ Project Tech Team, along with Sealworks Interactive Studies, have been busy making improvements, adding some updates, and designing new features in DBQ Online for this school year. This summer we added three new components into the DBQ Online platform, including...
- Essay Builder + Teachers can now customize the language and structure of the essay builder all the way through the outline.
- Side-by-Side Document Analysis Students will now see the Document Analysis Questions and Document Analysis Sheets next to the documents themselves!
- Enhanced Assignment Sharing Teachers can now share assignments with anyone in their district (including district administrators) with one email click!