Guidelines: Responding to Document-Based Questions
Document-based questions (DBQs) ask about ideas presented in a series of articles and graphics. Students need to analyze the documents and draw evidence from them to answer the DBQ. Use this page to help students learn best practices for responding to these kinds of questions.
Before they answer their own DBQ, have students review the documents and response on pages 373–375.
When students are ready, provide then a DBQ and ask them to analyze it using the PAST strategy. Then have them use the SQ3R strategy to closely read the documents. After they have done so, they should jot down a thesis statement and a quick list of main details.
Lead students through the instructions for creating an effective opening, middle, and closing.
Then provide them the Checklist for Revising and Editing DBQ Responses, noting that they will not have this checklist in real test environments. However, these are the kinds of questions they should ask themselves as they revise and edit.