Document Based Questions (DBQs) are a great way to help students hone their analytical skills. They allow the student to prove his/her understanding of the documents and use them to prove a thesis in response to a sophisticated prompt.
What follows is a DBQ that uses statistics and opinions to prove the superiority of entertainers. The documents allow for either entertainer to be declared “better”. It depends on how the students use the documents to support their argument. This DBQ is designed to engage the students so they will be more apt to learn how to respond to the more formal DBQ prompts in your classroom and on standardized tests. Once students feel comfortable with the DBQ process, they will be ready for more sophisticated DBQs. You can use the DBQ any way you want. You can use it as a formative assessment to gage student understanding as you go. You can also use it as a summative assessment at the end of the unit. Please note that this DBQ extended response format is similar to that used by the New York Regents.
Here is what you get in this packet:
• Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West DBQ
• Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West DBQ Scoring Guidelines (similar format to New York Regents)
• How to Respond to a DBQ (step by step guide for students)
• How to Respond to a DBQ Template (a form to help students organize their response)
• Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West DBQ Template Filled Out (a template filled out for the Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West DBQ)
• Sample Response to the Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West DBQ Using the DBQ Template