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Bundle of SIX Ancient History Document Based Questions (DBQ) Common Core aligned

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    *BEST SELLER BUNDLE*This is a set of six Ancient History DBQs that are also offered separately for $4.00 each. Buy the set and save versus purchasing them individually.

    These DBQs address the Common Core State Standards. They have a page outlining the English Language Arts/History/Social Studies grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12 CCSS that they address.

    The Document Based Questions (DBQs) were created for 6th Grade World History. It could also be used in 9th grade Global Studies/World History. This set includes six DBQ's on the following topics:

    1. Jerusalem: The Holy City to Three World Religions

    2. Ancient Egypt: The Gift of the Nile

    3. Ancient China: Inventions

    4. Ancient Greece: Geography

    5. Ancient Rome: Achievements

    6. Middle Ages: Religion

    The DBQs follows the format of the New York State social studies testing requirements for writing DBQs and answering CRQs. Each DBQ includes seven 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* Each DBQ also includes my handwritten answer key for part one scanned as a PDF as well as an example scanned student essay (with the exception of the Middle Ages DBQ--there is only the answer key for part one).

    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!

    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.

    Total Pages
    134 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    90 minutes
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
    Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
    Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claims.
    Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.


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