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Resource-Based Question Resources


I remember document-based questions (DBQ’s) from the AP US History exam, for which I had to analyze and synthesize several primary and secondary sources to answer the¬†question. I enjoyed the task (NERD!), and before I’d heard of PARCC, I had my students work on DBQ’s throughout the year, usually in social studies. Now that PARCC is here, I’ve started calling these tasks “resource-based questions” (RBQ’s) since there’s a new emphasis on multimedia resources. It is the 21st century after all. I’ve started collecting sites that offer RBQ and DBQ resources.

What resources do you use to help students synthesize multiple sources?