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ERIC Number: EJ824444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Internet as an Opportunity for Students to Create Their Own Document-Based Question
Kotzin, Daniel
History Teacher, v34 n4 p487-496 Aug 2001
The Document-Based Question (DBQ) is an integral part of the United States History Advanced Placement Exam, and is required as part of an exam that also includes answering two general "free response" essays and a multiple choice question section. For the DBQ, students are given a question about a specific time period in American history, and then a series of documents relating to that time period and the topic of the question. Students are asked to use both the documents and their knowledge of the period to answer the question within a one-hour time frame. Assessment is based on the student's ability to synthesize and analyze the documents in relation to the question as well as to incorporate outside knowledge. While the time period of the DBQ for the AP exam is announced to teachers ahead of time, teaching the skills for answering the DBQ question is often a challenge for AP United States history teachers. Students find it much more difficult than the standard essay question because it requires a different level of historical analysis. In order to enable students to fully conceptualize how to answer a DBQ, the author has assigned his students the project of creating their own DBQ and then answering it as part of a unit test. In this article, he shares how teachers can emulate this assignment. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States