17 Document Based and Constructed Response Questions For Elementary Students (DBQ CRQ)

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These questions are designed to give elementary students guided practice in working with primary and secondary source material. They target grades 2 - 6 and address a variety of common social studies topics. DBQ's and CRQs help prepare students to do the work of historians and social scientists. For more of my posts for using DBQs in the elementary and secondary classroom click here. Hat tip to Kate Gillan, former K-8 Social Studies Director at East Irondequoit CSD and all the district teachers who produced this fine series of DBQ's and CRQ's.


Document Based Questions

Gr 2 Local History
Gr 3 Communities
Gr 3 Transportation
Gr 4 Colonial Period
Gr 4 Roles of Women
Gr 5 Civil War
Gr 5 The Iroquois
Gr 5 Government
Gr 5 Immigration
Gr 6 Classical Period
Gr 6 Eastern Religion

Constructed Response Questions

Grade 3 World Communities-1 
Grade 3 World Communities-2
Grade 3 Maps
Grade 4 New York State History
Grade 5 Rainforests
Grade 6 Series

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16 Comments on "17 Document Based and Constructed Response Questions For Elementary Students (DBQ CRQ)"

  1. peter
    Mary Johnson
    07/07/2012 at 7:21 am Permalink

    When I teach workshops for the Teaching with Primary Sources program from the Library of Congress, it’s always a challenge to find great primary source integration ideas for lower elementary. I picked up several ideas from your post. Thank you for sharing them!

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    Peter Pappas
    07/07/2012 at 9:59 am Permalink

    Thanks Mary,

    I’m working on a DBQ iBook on the US Homefront in WWII. If you have an iPad, and are willing, I can send you the beta version when it’s ready. I’d like some feedback from some DBQ pros like you. Let me know and I’ll add you to my ‘test’ list. It will be a free iBook, targeting 7-8th graders – with loads of multimedia.

  3. peter
    Jody Idlette
    21/09/2014 at 10:55 am Permalink

    I’m looking for a consultant to provide a training on DBQs, you wouldn’t happen to live in Florida? If not, can you make some recommendations, would like someone local. Thank you

  4. peter
    Peter Pappas
    21/09/2014 at 12:02 pm Permalink

    Hi Jody,
    I’m not sure if you posed the question to Mary or to me. I don’t live in FL and unfortunately don’t know a “local” I can recommend to you.
    Cheers ~ Peter

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    Albert Robertson
    27/03/2013 at 4:50 am Permalink

    I would love to see what you are working on, Peter. I am in South Carolina, and I am currently using the homefront in my classroom and as a springboard for my district. I would love to see what you have to offer!

  6. peter
    Peter Pappas
    27/03/2013 at 10:20 am Permalink

    Hi Albert,
    I’ve been producing a series of iBooks – two of them deal directly with the US Homefront in WWII. You’ll see them in the sidebar on the right side of this blog.
    Enjoy, Peter

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    Kelly jones
    28/05/2013 at 5:10 pm Permalink

    I just found your web page and love it! I have been using primary sources to help my 4th graders learn about history. I like how you use several documents to present a concept and not just facts. If you ever need teachers to try out your DBQs, let me know.
    Thank you!

  8. peter
    Nicole O'Conner
    03/04/2014 at 7:57 pm Permalink

    I’ve found these documents to be very helpful in assisting me in developing my own DBQ’s. I was recently introduced to this concept during a vertical planning meeting at my school. Thanks for sharing!

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    Peter Pappas
    03/04/2014 at 8:06 pm Permalink

    Hi Nicole. Glad to be of help. You will find more DBQ resources on my blog at this tag. http://www.peterpappas.com/dbqs

  10. peter
    01/01/2015 at 2:18 pm Permalink

    Thank you so much! Are answer keys available?

  11. peter
    Peter Pappas
    01/01/2015 at 6:35 pm Permalink

    Kathryne, Sorry – but no.

    Cheers, Peter

  12. peter
    12/03/2015 at 6:09 am Permalink

    HI Peter –

    I was wondering if you still do any sort of DBQ presentations? I was thinking this might just be the thing for my school. We are implementing a new school wide SS text next year, but I also want a DBQ series for all grade levels. Is this something that you do or would be willing to do?


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    Peter Pappas
    12/03/2015 at 7:35 am Permalink

    Hi Meg,
    I sure do. I’ll send you an email and we can discuss further.
    Cheers, Peter

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    Sharon Grant
    09/10/2015 at 7:31 pm Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your information. For novices like me, it would be great if you included a sample of how to answer the different type of sources. I do have an idea but it always helps to get something from the experts. I am now working on the picture with the Europeans and the Native Americans meeting to trade. I would have love to see how you interpreted that photo.


  15. peter
    15/10/2015 at 2:33 pm Permalink


    Are there any accompanying standards with the 4th grade roles of women DBQ? Thanks

  16. peter
    Peter Pappas
    23/10/2015 at 9:17 am Permalink

    No. Just the exercise as is.

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