Document based questions (DBQs) are a crucial part of history. Yet, they are incredibly difficult and do not foster a lot of student movement in a fifty minute class period. Students get very frustrated with them and often move too quickly through a document. Students often don't spend enough time on the source information, word choice, point of view of the author, tone of the document, and the evidence they would use from each document. I wanted a way to slow students down when working through a document based question. To have the students focus where I wanted them, I created a quiz for each document covering those topics. In the quiz, I dedicated each question to one of those topics. I should note that this was the first full DBQ that they did.
In Schoology, I set the limit a student could take each quiz to two attempts. I wanted them to ask me questions if they could not complete it in two tries. This allowed some students to move forward because they understood each document while students who needed my help received it.
Then students had to get out of their seats, go movement during a DBQ!, and put the three or four digit code into a folder with a lock on it. Inside the locked folder was the document they just took the quiz on completely written out. The written response used all of the information that they just took a quiz on. The other item in the folder was the next document so they could take the next quiz.
By the end, students were moving around the room acquiring all the documents and understandings. It was very cool to see the students talking so much about the documents and allowing students to move at their own pace.