Get your students investigating how the Constitution is a superior document to the Articles of Confederation with this versatile document based questions packet. This Common Core resource packet has a mini-DBQ that is designed to be similar to the New York Regents exam (Why?...Because New York has been giving these Common Core assessments for years, and it's expected that many state assessments will follow a similar format).
The DBQ is divided into a primary source document analysis and a written response section. Students are expected to respond to questions, find evidence and provide commentary. It fits perfectly with the Common Core reading and writing standards 6-8.1-10.
Here’s what’s included with each DBQ:
1. A focus writing response question prominently on each page. The focus question for this DBQ is: In what ways is the Constitution a superior document to the Articles of Confederation?
2.Historical background introduction followed by a DBQ student task list.
3. Seven varied primary source and secondary source documents with short answer questions. These can also be done separately as a stations work format for another option. Specifically students analyze political cartoons, excerpts from Madison and Jefferson, checks and balances charts, Constitution excerpts and speeches.
5. Three writing response options so teachers can choose by class level or teaching preference. Each option includes instructional materials.
6. Student writing templates for each writing response option that both include stem sentences and do not.
7. Guided practice writing worksheets and a commentary stem sentence printable.
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