What is The DBQ Project?
Why The DBQ Project?
Who uses The DBQ Project?
DBQ and Common Core
Best Practice Alignment
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The DBQ Project and Common Core
"As Common Core State Standards are implemented, The DBQ Project will be a great foundational piece."
Connie DeCapite, Director, FIRST, Fullerton Int. Resources for Schools and Teachers
The DBQ Project and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
For over a decade, The DBQ Project has promoted rigorous reading and writing instruction for all students, not just those in advanced classes. For this reason we support the higher-level thinking skills emphasized by the Common Core State Standards. Guided by our belief that reading smart, thinking straight and writing clearly are skills that all young people must possess, we have developed a curriculum and a teaching approach that efficiently helps students reach the analytical reading and writing levels required by the Common Core.
We also believe that standards alone are not enough. Efficient, cost-effective professional development must be part of the CCSS efforts! The DBQ Project understands that instruction must reflect strategies embraced by Common Core and other thoughtful state standards.
The DBQ Project also believes that “rigor” is a beautiful and dangerous word. If we throw rigorous activities and instructional methods at all our students without regard to student background or skills, we will likely increase the achievement gap. The most skilled students will take off, and others will become frustrated and shut down. We must find efficient ways to accelerate our students so that all can handle the rigor required by the Common Core. This is the essence of The DBQ Project Method.
10 ways The DBQ Project addresses
Common Core State Standards
- Our questions encourage students to read like detectives. Questions can only be answered through close attention to the details of the text.
- DBQs offer students a sampling of non-fiction texts and documents. Students examine maps, letters, charts, graphs, cartoons, historians’ accounts, diaries, advertisements, photographs, flyers and more.
- Answers to DBQs are text-dependent. By definition, DBQ essays are evidence-based.
- DBQs require students to build knowledge from multiple sources.
- Students encounter appropriately complex texts, thus helping them develop mature language skills and conceptual knowledge.
- Students are exposed to short texts at times beyond their current grade level.
- Our Mini-Q binders include models of high quality, evidence-based essays.
- DBQs require students to use writing to organize their thinking.
- DBQs provide students with the opportunity to experience the flow that exists between reading, thinking, speaking, listening, and writing.
- DBQs require students to focus on the elements of good writing, drawing evidence from texts while demonstrating sufficient command of standard English.
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