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 high school level DBQ uses state statutes and the Full Faith and Credit Clause of U.S. Constitution to pose the problem of conflicting state marriage and adoption laws. The DBQ is most effective after students have learned a bit about the Full Faith and Credit Clause. You can use the DBQ any way you want. You can use it as a formative assessment to gage understanding as you go. You can also use it as a summative assessment at the end of a unit. Scoring guidelines have also been included.
Please note that this DBQ extended response format is similar to the New York Regents.
From Marston Moor Education Resources