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 the Common Core – critical thinking and problem solving ability.
This DBQ uses federal court cases to explain when a school administrator can and cannot limit the First Amendment speech rights of students. The DBQ is most effective after the students have learned a bit about the First Amendment and student speech. 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 use it as a summative assessment at the end of a unit. I have also included scoring guidelines.
Please note that this DBQ extended response format is similar to that used by the New York Regents.
From Marston Moor Education Resources