About The DBQ Project
The DBQ Project was started in 2000 to help teachers help students read with understanding, think straight, and write clearly.
The Project’s roots originate in our positive experience with the Document-Based Question exercise on the History AP exams. Through scaffolded materials and intensive professional development, The DBQ Project has helped democratize the DBQ experience for a wide range of students, elementary through high school.
As teachers, we believe that all students can develop high-level critical thinking skills if they have consistent instruction and a chance to practice. Our engaging questions and use of primary and secondary sources give students the opportunity to investigate history from a variety of perspectives. Our flexible pedagogy supports discussion and debate as students clarify their own ideas and write evidence-based arguments. Learning this way not only deepens student understanding of history, it also builds reading, thinking, and writing skills.
The DBQ Project works with school districts to develop consistent and progressively more rigorous skills across grades and content areas. By providing teachers with materials that blend educational best practices with engaging historical inquiry, we promote and support transformational change in our schools. At the heart of that transformation is what the student and teacher believe they can actually achieve.