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. This is precisely what is expected in most of the new state tests – critical thinking and problem solving ability.
What follows is a DBQ (with nine documents) that can be used to prove a thesis regarding LeBron James and Stephen Curry. 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 DBQs 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 in the past by the New York Regents.
Here is what you get in this packet:
• LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry DBQ
• James vs. Curry 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)
• DBQ Template Filled Out (a template filled out for the James vs. Curry DBQ)
• Sample Response to the James vs. Curry DBQ Using the DBQ Template