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DBQ Writing Workshop!


This is a step by step explanation of how to write a DBQ! It is designed to walk the students through every step and allow multiple opportunities for guided practice. The teacher copy includes answers, tips, and highlighting to show the skills.

There are 30 pages in the document, not including the teacher copy!

1. What is a DBQ?, Primary/Secondary Sources

2. Why do we write DBQs?, Parts of a DBQ

3. Steps to Complete a DBQ

4. Historical Context. Task

5. Reading Strategies

6. Highlighting and Numbering

7. Constructed Response Questions (CRQs)

8. Thesis Statements

9. Thesis Statement Practice

10. Organizing the Essay

11. Outside Information

12. Transition Words

13. Citing the Evidence

14. Citing different types of sources

15. Guided Practice for citing sources

16. How to analyze in the essay?

17. Writing Introductions

18. Introduction mistakes to avoid

19. Writing Conclusions

20. CRQ practice (Constructed Responses)

21. Practice Body Paragraph – Putting it all together

22. Checklist

23. DBQ Score Sheet

24. Grading Rubric

25. Planning Page – Student

Several rubrics are included to make it easier for you to grade DBQ essays.

This resource can also be used when discussing writing using primary and secondary sources. It would be a great introduction lesson or even for review.


  • To access the digital copies, you will need to click on the links in the PDF. This will force you to make a copy. You can then add slides and delete slides. I also included a separate google slides for just the planning page.

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 days
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