Document Based Questions

Document Based Questions, also known as DBQs, can be a great way to assess history content knowledge and thinking skills. Use the samples included here to began planning your own DBQ.

Booker T. Washington, Leadership and Civil Rights

Creators:
Bruce Lolling
Campus High School
Haysville, Kansas

Nicole Percival

Jim Robb
Hillsboro High School
Hillsboro, Kansas

TJ Warsnak
Halstead High School
Halstead, Kansas

Topic:
US History

Grade:
High School

 

Question:
This DBQ is intended for high school students. The purpose is for students to evaluate the impact of Booker T> Washington;s leadership. The documents represent 1) opinions of Washington during his life and after his death, 2) Washington's response to criticism, 3) pictures depicting Washington;s work and 4) an article discussing Black experiences in Topeka, Kansas. Students will examine a questions that requires an evaluation og Washington as a leader when compared to W.E.B. Dubois and other leadership models.

Early 20th Century Racial Moods

Creators:
Sean Murphy
Leavenworth High School
Mayetta, Kansas

Roger Leaming
Ft. Scott High School

Ft. Scott, Kansas

Don Gifford
Washburn Rural High School
Topeka, Kansas

Topic:
US History

Grade:
Middle / High School

 

Question:
Students will examine poems by Langston Hughes, graphs listing lynchings by year and race from 1882-1968, Executive Order 8802, newspaper clippings regarding the Scottsboto Boys trial and a political cartoon depicting Adolf Hitler and the 1943 Detroit Race Riots. Based on their interpretation of the documents, students wil write an essay that analyzes the factors that ed to the changing moods of the African American community from the 1920s to th early 1950s.

Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears

Creators:
Patty Connealy-Rotert
Indian Hills Middle School
Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Karen Blasi
Pratt Middle School
Pratt, Kansas

Nancy Bloomcamp
Jardine Middle School
Topeka, Kansas

Topic:US History

Grade:
Middle School

 

Question:
Students will use maps, an excerpt of a presidential speech, excerpts from two congressional speechs, an excerpt from a Cherokee Nation council address, an oral testimony and a painting to examine the political reasoning behind the Indian Removal Act as well as the public portrayal and personal impact of the Trail fo Tears on the Cherokee Nation.

 

 

 

Jackie Robinson & Civil Rights

Creators:
Bruce Gunter
Frankfort High School
Mayetta, Kansas

Lori Flippin
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Dave Kirkendall
Stafford High School
Stafford, Kansas

Topic:
US History

Grade:
High School

 

Question:
Using the primary sources provided, analyze and evaluate in essay form the impact that African American athletes Jack Johnson, Jessie Owens and Jackie Robinson had on the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Kansas Exodus Fever

Creators:
Terri Stahl
Logan Junior High School
Topeka, Kansas

Martha Howard
Indian Hills Middle School
Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Topic:
Kansas History

Grade:
Middle School

 

Question:
Students will read and analyze four primary source documents relating to the Exoduster movement to Kansas including a handbill, song, photograph and Exoduster narratives in order to answer the question of how the lives of emigrants changed and to understand the difficulties they faced.

Territorial Kansas in 1855

Creators:
Nathan McAlister
Royal Valley Middle School
Mayetta, Kansas

Shelia Howard
Dodge City Middle School
Dodge City, Kansas

Jeremy Neuenschwander
Iola Middle School
Iola, Kansas

Julie Friesen
Kansas City, Kansas

John Seal
Parsons Middle School
Parsons, Kansas

Topic:
Kansas History

Grade:
Middle School

 

Question:
As part of this DBQ, students will examine different types of primary sources in US and Kansas History and analyze them in terms of credibility, purpose and point of view. Students will use at least three primary sources to interpret a person or event to develop an historical narrative. As the instructor, you have the opportunity to select the documents desited via the Territorial Kansas Online web site. Students will compare and contrast descriptions of the same event in US/Kansas history to understand how people differ in their interpretations of historical events. This DBQ can be adapted to fit one to three classperiods.

Why Topeka?

Creators:
Susan Snodgrass
St. Thomas Aquinas School
Wichita, Kansas

Andrea Siefkes
Prairie Hills Middle School
Buhler, Kansas

Brandi Morelli
Jardine Middle School
Topeka, Kansas

Topic:
Kansas History

Grade:
Middle School

 

Question:
The Supreme Court combined five cases under the heading of Brown Vs. Board of Education of Topeka because each sought the same legal remedy to end school segregation. The combined cases came from Delaware, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Students will examine a variety of primary sources and will address the question, "Why did the NAACP include the Topeka case in their attempt to desegregate schools?"