Checks and Balances DBQ or primary source activity

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Checks and Balances Writing Assignment/ DBQ

There are 2 types of resources included in this activity. You can select the one that best fits your students and the skills you are trying to work on. These activities could be used in class, with a partner, or even on assessments. They also would work well to provide extra support to students who are working improving their primary source understanding. It aligns with the Common Core, by asking students to pull specific details from the sources to back up their answers.

1. Checks and Balances: Primary Source activity with 4 documents. Students will be asked to carefully examine a chart and excerpts of the Constitution to express their understanding of checks and balances. It is followed by writing prompt. Students are asked to use details from the sources (documents) to answer a question. For each primary source, there are guiding questions to answer. Also included is a structured writing graphic organizer that may be useful.

2. If you are looking for an assignment that is written in a Document Based Question (DBQ) format, it is also included. It has a historical context as well as a task. Since there are only 4 documents, it is a great practice of the DBQ skill.

Note: The file is 10 pages long, but it does repeat the same documents for the 2 types of activities you could use.

If you are looking for additional resources on how to teach DBQs to your students, please see my comprehensive DBQ Writing Packet.

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