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 prompt.
What follows is a short DBQ that includes information about lions and tigers. This DBQ is designed for beginners. It uses six documents 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 after you have finished a unit on animal conservation. You can use it as a lesson on reading data from charts.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 in the past.
Here is what you get in this packet:
• Lions vs. Tigers DBQ (If the student could be a tiger or a lion, what would they choose.)
• Lions vs. Tigers 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)
• Lions vs. Tigers DBQ Template Filled Out (a template filled out for the Lions vs. Tigers DBQ)
• Sample Response to the Lions vs. Tigers DBQ Using the DBQ Template