High quality DBQ activity! Lesson is meant to scaffold DBQs for students in a constructivist manner that involves group work. The activity calls for large post-its or other presentation-size poster papers. Everything else needed is included here.
DBQ Practice: Liberalism, 1815-1850
Essential Question: Analyze how transformative economic and political liberalism was in 19th century Europe.
Students will work as a group to:
A) Analyze a set of 12 primary source documents and sort them into 3 or more thematic categories
B) Write a thesis statement answering the essential question above
C) Organize their work into an outline on a poster-sticky. Include your essay structure, a complete thesis, body-paragraph topic sentences, and a list of which documents go where (you may just write the document number for the purposes of this exercise). Be ready to explain your work to the class!
Activity is easy-to-use and is great practice for students to methodically identify relevant evidence, sourcing information, point of view, and significance of historical documents. Lesson coincides well with Advanced Placement European History, but can be utilized in World History too! Can be extended into a DBQ essay.