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This DBQ addresses the Common Core State Standards. It has been updated with a page outlining the English Language Arts/History/Social Studies grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12 CCSS that it addresses.

This Document Based Question (DBQ) was created for 6th Grade World History. It could also be used in 9th grade Global Studies. The topic is The Middle Ages: An Age of Faith. It follows the format of the New York State social studies testing requirements for writing DBQ's and answering CRQ's. The DBQ packet includes seven pages of primary or secondary source documents with constructed response questions followed by an essay question using the documents. The constructed response questions give plenty of space for the students to write instead of the tiny lines that you sometimes find on worksheets. Part One has a total possible 25 points and a scoring rubric is included for the essay (1-5).

*UPDATE* The DBQ also includes my handwritten answer key for part one scanned as a PDF. (7 pages).

I originally took the time to create all these DBQ's for a graduate class project. I knew they would be useful since I couldn't find anything for sixth grade ancient history DBQ's at that time. It took a lot of time to create them and I don't know if I would have done it had it not been for a graduate class. They have been well worth the time and I have given them to many colleagues. I hope you find them useful as well!

You can buy all SIX Ancient History DBQ's in a separate listing here and SAVE over $10.00 vs. buying them individually!

From the Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources Website:
"Under the English Language Arts standards, students beginning in the earliest grades must substantiate written arguments with evidence. The Common Core approaches science and social studies with a particular emphasis on literacy. This has several implications for teaching with primary sources. The CCSS greatly increase the focus on informational text at all grades. Assessment designers explicitly recommend a 50-50 split between literature and informational texts, starting at the primary grades. Students’ capacity to source, organize, analyze, cite, discuss, and write about information gained from both primary and secondary sources is paramount."

Note: This is a PDF file and is NOT editable due to copyright.
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Teaching Duration
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Great resource. Handy to investigate the topic while also incorporating the use of primary sources. I would have loved to be able to alter aspects of this to suit my class, and to make some parts more engaging/interactive for the students. Please let me know if there is the possibility of you emailing me a copy that is not protected...I am not going to try and re-sell your resource or anything like that, but it would be really handy to be able to modify/alter it.
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Which is why I clearly stated in the item description...
Note: I protected my word documents instead of converting them to PDF's which are also not able to be edited. I am choosing to protect my originals according to the advice of many. However, if a buyer chooses to edit them, they can always use the old-fashioned means as if these were DBQ's from a booklet purchased in a store.
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However, if you choose to edit the documents, you can always use the old-fashioned means as if these were DBQ's from a booklet purchased in a store. Thank you for your purchase!
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On  July 22, 2013,  Buyer asked:
What type of essay is required? Do they cite textual evidence?
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On  July 22, 2013Fourth Grade Flipper answered:
Hi! Thank you for your question. Here is some information that will help.
These are the tasks for the DBQ as stated in the directions:
• Analyze the documents and answer the questions that follow each document.
• Read the essay question and plan your essay using the outline provided.
• Write a well-organized essay that includes an introductory paragraph, a body with several paragraphs explaining and supporting your answer, and a concluding paragraph.
• Use evidence from the documents to support your essay.
• Include specific related outside information in your essay.

The essay task for the Middle Ages DBQ is:
• Name three ways religion was portrayed in daily medieval life.
• Describe how each of these ways reflects the strong influence of
the Christian Church.
Yes, students must cite textual evidence from the documents when writing an essay for a DBQ. They must also incorporate outside information based on their prior knowledge of the topic. For more information about DBQ's see these sites:

http://www.archives.nysed.gov/education/showcase/dbq.shtml
http://dbqproject.com

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On  August 20, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Hello,
I sent you a message regarding the China DBQ. I forgot that I also own this DBQ. Will you please send me an update?
Thanks.
"This DBQ addresses the Common Core State Standards. It has been updated with a page outlining the English Language Arts/History/Social Studies grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12 CCSS that it addresses."
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On  August 25, 2012Fourth Grade Flipper answered:
So sorry that I have been slow to respond! I was on vacation in the woods with no cell or internet since 8/17. You are the first to ask about sending the update directly and I think you should be able to just download the document again and the updated standards are listed on the last page. I sent the update in an email to everyone that has purchased my DBQ's and have not heard of any issues. Let me know if it doesn't work for you. Thank you!
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Why am I seeing Egypt in the preview for the Middle Ages? I would like to purchase but I am not sure I will get the Middles Ages.
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On  March 20, 2010Fourth Grade Flipper answered:
The sample images show The Middle Ages DBQ but the preview offering is from the Egypt DBQ. You will get the Middle Ages DBQ if you purchase that one. Thanks for your interest!
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Document Based Question (DBQ) The Middle Ages-Common Core
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Document Based Question (DBQ) The Middle Ages-Common Core
Document Based Question (DBQ) The Middle Ages-Common Core