A DBQ on Ancient Egypt

How the “document-based question” came by its unwieldy bureaucratic designation mystified me in the years I worked in New York City schools. Known to teachers by its initialism, “DBQ,” it always seemed to me to describe a cornerstone of any humanities curriculum. Indeed, much of what we asked students to do in history and English classes at the secondary level is to read and interpret a variety of documents.

In any case, in order to appease administrators, I developed a couple of social studies”DBQ” units that called upon students to read and interpret primary and key secondary documents. This worksheet on ancient Egypt endeavors to school kids in this practice. If you need or want it, here is the teacher’s copy of the same document.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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