How to Use Document Based Question, DBQs, with Secondary Students during Distance Learning

How to Use Document Based Question, DBQs, with Secondary Students during Distance Learning 

What are DBQs

DBQ, Document Based Questions, are questions that are answered by using primary and secondary source documents.  Students must read and analyze literature, quotes, timelines, artifacts, photographs, and other documents to answer a series of questions.  These sources are also used to construct a well developed essay in which they will use the documents to support their answers.  It is vital for students to master this skill in order to be successful in multiple subjects and to have this 21st century skill.  Students will learn to cite text-based evidence when writing and answering questions.  DBQs can be printed or used in a digital distance learning format by using the Google Link online version.  

Key Terms for DBQs, Document Based Questions: 

Primary Sources: first-hand accounts from people who had direct connections with the topic or events
Secondary Sources: interpretations of historical events or phenomena using primary sources.  Examples include speeches.  
Text-Based Evidence: evidence to support your claim or opinion from a text.  
Google Classroom: Platform that many students access Google Slides, Google Docs, or Google Form activities in. 
PowerPoint: Microsoft platform that all google links can be converted to by downloading from Google Drive in a PowerPoint format.  

Why should I use Digital DBQs over a paper version? 

Well, if you are looking for an activity that requires ZERO printing, COLORFUL designs, CLEAR images, or ENGAGING questions, then Digital DBQs are for you.  You can assign the entire DBQ or you can assign one document analysis at a time and review it while in a Zoom, Teams, or Google Hangouts meeting.  The digital format also allows students to type their essays, which is becoming a common practice for most students.  You can even give digital feedback on their google slides document as they work.  

How do I ensure a smooth Digital Interactive experience? 

A few tips to make sure your Digital DBQ lessons run smoothly:
  • Make sure you read the teacher instructions thoroughly.  
  • Make sure you click on each link and make a copy in your google drive.  You can then download as a PowerPoint if you want to share via a Microsoft platform.  
  • Make sure you know how to share the link and have students use the link.  
  • Think about whether you want to allow students to complete the entire activity or walk them through each step of the DBQ.  There are always multiple sources to analyze. 
  • Think about whether you want to use this activity as a pre-unit review or post-unit review.    

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How to Use Choice Boards and Interactive Digital Notebooks with Secondary Students

How to Use Choice Boards and Interactive Digital Notebooks with Secondary Students

What are Choice Boards: 

CHoice Boards are menu pages that give the teacher or the student the option to choose which activities to complete based on student need.  This need can be based on their content knowledge, their skill level, their reading level, or their interests.  These are great for differentiation.  

What are Digital Interactive Notebooks: 

Digital Interactive Notebooks are notebooks where students research and take key notes about the content they are studying using a digital model.  They are colorful, paperless, include a variety of graphic organizers, and engage the student with the content.  

Key Terms for Choice Boards and Digital Interactive Notebooks: 

Differentiation: providing activities that are tailored to the instructional needs of your students. 
Digital Graphic Organizers: Graphic organizers that assist students in organizing their ideas and learning in digital paperless versions. 
Google Classroom: Platform that many students access Google Slides, Google Docs, or Google Form activities in. 
PowerPoint: Microsoft platform that all google links can be converted to by downloading from Google Drive in a PowerPoint format.  

Why should I use Digital Choice Boards and Interactive Notebooks over a paper version? 

Well, if you are looking for an activity that requires ZERO printing, COLORFUL designs, CLEAR graphic organizers, or ENGAGING choice activities, then Digital Choice Boards and Interactive Notebooks are for you.  However, sometimes the personality of your class dictates which activities are  best.  In my experience, even if you are not comfortable and it is out of your realm of knowledge, the kids LOVE them and they are pretty savvy about figuring out how to navigate the system. 

How do I ensure a smooth Digital Interactive experience? 

A few tips to make sure your Digital CHoice Boards and Digital Interactive Notebook lessons run smoothly:
  • Make sure you read the teacher instructions thoroughly.  
  • Make sure you click on each link and make a copy in your google drive.  You can then download as a PowerPoint if you want to share via a Microsoft platform.  
  • Make sure you know how to share the link and have students use the link.  
  • You might even want to provide a link to key research sites or direct them to refer to their Digital Guided Notes or Digital Bullet Notes for references.  
  • Think about whether you want to allow students to choose their own number of activities or if you want to assign some or ALL of the research pages.  

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Civics and Government Anchor Chart BUNDLE (Civics & Government Bundle), Perfect for visual learners, ELL Students and ESS Students



Civics and Government Anchor Chart BUNDLE (Great as Bellringers, Word Walls, for ELL & ESS students, and Concept Boards), Government Review Pages, Government Posters and a Digital Activity for Google Classroom
Anchor charts are great for representing the topics covered with bright and clear visuals. They make excellent classroom posters and word walls. There is also a digital link for Google Classroom for matching words/phrases and images. They can be printed 2 or 4 to a page and students could answer question by scavenging through them. They can be printed full page in color and laminated to make excellent classroom visuals. Most students are visual learners and benefit from multiple representations of topics. Anchor charts can be used as study guides or develop questions to review or introduce material.
  • 515 Anchor Charts
  • Print and Digital Posters
  • Digital Google Classroom Link
  • Student Resource Pages
  • Print and Digital Review Pages
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Digital Escape Rooms for World Geography Classrooms

What are Digital Escape Rooms? 

Digital Escape Rooms are activities that students complete in order to get a code to move from Room (Activity) to Room (Activity).  Each code is inputted into a Google Form which will lead them to a link to the next room.  Once students have progressed through the Breakout Rooms, they will be able to ESCAPE.

Key Terms for Digital Breakout Rooms: 

Google Form: A link to a document that allows students to input codes move through the Digital Escape Room.  This allows the activity to be student led and the teacher does not have the check codes, but can just facilitate assisting students with the activities in the Breakout Rooms.
Breakout Room: Activity that must be completed to get access to a SECRET CODE.
Code: A SECRET sequence of letters or numbers that must be inputted into the Google Form to gain access to the next Breakout Room or the final Breakout Room.

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East Asia Activity Timeline of East Asia Activity East Asia Digital Escape Room East Asia Geography Vocabulary All About East Asia Activity Mapping East Asia Activity  Physical Geography of East Asia Activity Timeline of East Asia Activity East Asia Digital Escape Room East Asia Geography Vocabulary All About East Asia Activity Mapping East Asia Activity  Physical Geography of East Asia Activity Timeline of East Asia Activity East Asia Digital Escape Room East Asia Geography Vocabulary All About East Asia Activity Mapping East Asia Activity  Physical Geography of East Asia Activity Timeline of East Asia Activity Southeast Asia Digital Escape Room Southeast Asia Geography Vocabulary All About Southeast Asia Activity Mapping Southeast Asia Activity  Physical Geography of Southeast Asia Activity Timeline of Southeast Asia Activity Southeast Asia Digital Escape Room Southeast Asia Geography Vocabulary All About Southeast Asia Activity Mapping Southeast Asia Activity  Physical Geography of Southeast Asia Activity Timeline of Southeast Asia Activity Southeast Asia Digital Escape Room Southeast Asia Geography Vocabulary All About Southeast Asia Activity Mapping Southeast Asia Activity  Physical Geography of Southeast Asia Activity Timeline of Southeast Asia Activity Southeast Asia Digital Escape Room Southeast Asia Geography Vocabulary All About Southeast Asia Activity Mapping Southeast Asia Activity  Physical Geography of Southeast Asia Activity Timeline of Southeast Asia Activity Australia Digital Escape Room Australian Geography Vocabulary Activity  Mapping Australia Activity Physical Geography of Australia Activity Key Facts About Australia Activity Timeline of Australian History ActivityAustralia Digital Escape Room Australian Geography Vocabulary Activity  Mapping Australia Activity Physical Geography of Australia Activity Key Facts About Australia Activity Timeline of Australian History ActivityAustralia Digital Escape Room Australian Geography Vocabulary Activity  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Mapping Skills Digital Escape Room
  • MAPPING SKILLS VOCABULARY
  • MAPPING THE EARTH
  • LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE
  • TYPES OF MAPS
  • MAP PROJECTIONS
Five Themes of Geography Digital Escape Room
  • Five Themes of Geography Vocabulary
  • Five Themes Pictures Activity
  • Five Themes in Detail Activity
  • Absolute Location Activity
  • Five Themes Chart
United States Digital Escape Room
  • United States Geography Vocabulary
  • Key Location in the United States Activity 
  • Mapping the Physical Geography of the United States
  • Key Facts about the United States
  • Timeline of the United States
Latin America Digital Escape Room
  • Latin American Geography Vocabulary
  • Mapping Latin Key Facts About Lain America Activity 
  • Key Facts about Latin America Activity 
  • Timeline of Latin American History Activity
  • Physical Geography of Latin America
Europe Digital Escape Room
  • European Geography Vocabulary Activity 
  • Mapping Europe Activity
  • Physical Geography of Europe Activity
  • Key Facts About Europe Activity
  • Timeline of European History Activity
Russia Digital Escape Room
  • RUSSIAN Geography Vocabulary Activity 
  • Mapping Russia Activity
  • Physical Geography of Russia Activity
  • Key Facts About Russia Activity
  • Timeline of Russian History Activity
Middle East Escape Room
  • Middle East Geography Vocabulary Activity 
  • Mapping the Middle East Activity
  • Physical Geography of the Middle East Activity
  • Key Facts About the Middle East Activity
  • Timeline of Middle Eastern History Activity
Sub-Saharan Africa Digital Escape Room
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Geography Vocabulary Activity 
  • Mapping Sub-Saharan Africa Activity
  • Physical Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa Activity
  • Key Facts About Sub-Saharan Africa Activity
  • Timeline of African History Activity
East Asia Digital Escape Room
  • East Asia Geography Vocabulary
  • All About East Asia Activity
  • Mapping East Asia Activity 
  • Physical Geography of East Asia Activity
  • Timeline of East Asia Activity 
South Asia Digital Escape Room
  • South Asia Geography Vocabulary
  • All About South Asia Activity
  • Mapping South Asia Activity 
  • Physical Geography of South Asia Activity
  • Timeline of South Asia Activity 
Southeast Asia Digital Escape Room
  • Southeast Asia Geography Vocabulary
  • All About Southeast Asia Activity
  • Mapping Southeast Asia Activity 
  • Physical Geography of Southeast Asia Activity
  • Timeline of Southeast Asia Activity 
Australia Digital Escape Room
  • Australian Geography Vocabulary Activity 
  • Mapping Australia Activity
  • Physical Geography of Australia Activity
  • Key Facts About Australia Activity
  • Timeline of Australian History Activity
Includes Instructions for the Teacher and Students 
  • Teacher Instructions for ways to use this resource. 
  • Teacher Instructions with links and instructions for how to set up this resource. 
  • Student instruction page with detailed instructions. 
  • Student grading sheet for recording CODES and points assigned by teacher. 
  • Video Link showing how to use this product. 

Why should I use a Digital Escape Room over a paper escape room? 

Well, if you are looking for an activity that requires ZERO center prep, ZERO copying, and ZERO color-coding, then Digital Escape Rooms are for you.  However, sometimes the personality of your class dictates which type of escape room is best.  In my experience, even if you are not comfortable and it is out of your realm of knowledge, the kids LOVE them and they are pretty savvy about figuring out how to navigate the system. THEY ARE PERFECT FOR DISTANCE LEARNING!

How do I ensure a smooth Digital Escape Room experience? 

A few tips to make sure your Digital Escape Room lesson runs smoothly:
  • Make sure you read the teacher instructions thoroughly.  
  • Make sure you click on each link and understand how each activity works. 
  • Make sure you have clicked on the Google Form and you know how to share the link and have students use the link.  
  • When you assign the activity to students, open each activity and explain what is expected in order for them to get the needed CODE.  
  • You might even want to try and Escape yourself.   
OTHER DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOMS for CIVICS, AMERICAN HISTORY, ECONOMICS, EARTH SCIENCE, LIFE SCIENCE, PHYSICAL SCIENCE. 

Includes: 
  • Teacher Instructions for ways to use this resource.
  • Teacher Instructions with links and instructions for how to set up this resource.
  • Student instruction page with detailed instructions.
  • Student grading sheet for recording CODES and points assigned by teacher.




Other Digital Learning Products Include Choice Boards, Timeline Relays, Guided Notes, and DBQs, just follow Learned Lessons. 
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