7 different warm-ups that target DBQ writing skills. Most students are weak in thesis statement development, introduction paragraph background info, and using documents beyond citing. In Gwinnett County students have to pass a World History DBQ test called the Gateway so I use this everyday so that these writing frights are conquered by the test in March.
I teach on a block schedule so my warm-up build on each other in sets of three. 1 is thesis focus, 2 is general background knowledge focused on the essay prompt from the previous day, and 3 is either doc analysis and saying if it supports their thesis or not or has them create their own document. The warm-ups should take about 10-15 min each.
This unit is the first unit of our second semester so the first couple have them use the skills to write a thesis about the winter break-something they should have ample knowledge on :)