This is one of my favorite Document-Based Questions because of the outstanding high-quality picture advertisements (THERE ARE A WHOPPING TWELVE- they took me a long time to find in such high quality) from the Roaring Twenties and the discussion that ensues after they are analyzed. I've made it free because I really want all US History teachers to try this; I've had a lot of fun with it and I hope you do too!
The following DBQ requires students to carefully analyze advertisements from the 1920's to answer two questions. The first question pertains to how companies used advertising during the Roaring Twenties to convince consumers to buy their goods. The second question requires a deeper analysis of the images to discover changing social values and cultural beliefs that are communicated by these images.
I feel that the assignment is largely self-explanatory. It contains an analysis worksheet with guiding questions, a rubric for the essay, and the images to be analyzed. I would not recommend this for a first DBQ as it assumes the students know what a DBQ is, how they work, and how to analyze documents.
This assignment could be used for a first-time DBQ if it is modified properly and if essay construction is taught parallel to this assignment. I have generally found that this DBQ is good for visual learners.