Michael L. Whittier

In anticipation of a new comprehensive state test in history and social sciences, Mr. Whittier and his partners engage in a study group to develop effective document based questions (DBQ) and a set of rubrics and exemplars related to those questions. Working with an Advanced Placement United States History trainer, the group learns to choose appropriate documents, construct effective questions, and develop students’ writing and critical thinking skills to answer the questions. Study group members compose a minimum of ten objective DBQs and two open-response DBQs for each unit of the curriculum and work throughout the year to refine the assessment rubric and identify high, middle, and low level exemplars. Upon completion of the project a database of DBQs with rubrics, exemplars, and study group data sets is created for history and social science educators across the district.