A quick search for “toolkits” in the Units of Study Facebook groups will yield dozens of posts with requests for and pictures of various toolkits. They are certainly a hot topic. However, I haven’t seen many that focus on writing about reading, a component of balanced literacy that students are expected to do throughout the year in a variety of contexts. As a result, we’ve begun gathering and creating some sample toolkit pages on this Padlet. Browse for inspiration, and post your writing about reading toolkit pages, too!
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.
- Open Ed – online library of games, videos, assessments, etc. that you can search by grade level, CCSS, NGSS, and more.
- Edteck – Using DBQ’s at the elementary level, including sample questions with the accompanying documents, which could be easily adapted to meet needs of a different location, grade level, etc.
- Document-based question resources from Port Washington School District in NY
What resources do you use to help students synthesize multiple sources?