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Most assignments surrounding the American Revolution focus on the causes and events, the purpose of this DBQ is to go beyond that and focus on the ideas.
This DBQ explores the question, "What idea most influenced and defined the American Revolution?"
The DBQ process starts with an Advanced Organizer that walks the students through 5 ideas important to the Revolution: liberty, freedom, equality, natural rights, and representative government. This sheet has a teacher and student copy that will help the spark a discussion on those 5 ideas.
The actual DBQ consists of a cover/directions page with the question and a brief historical context. There are 4 documents from 1774-1776 that the students are to analyze using the Text-based questions coinciding with each document. There is an answer key for those questions. I have also provided a simple outline that I use with my students, feel free to use.
All documents in are .docx and you can adapt them however you feel in order to fit your teaching style.