Agenda Item #29
Document Based Question (DBQ)
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-Language Arts (ELA) require that students read a variety of text types at a higher level of cognitive complexity. These text types represent differing points of views while including issues and problems that persist over time.
The Document Based Question Project (DBQ Project) format provides background information, questioning techniques, analytical thinking processes, document analysis, and a systematic writing approach to enable students to clarify their thinking. The systematic analytical process provides a framework to support students in high-level critical thinking. The rigor that will be required of all students with CCSS in listening, speaking, reading and writing are addressed with DBQ instruction.
All fifth and sixth grade teachers are expected to apply analytical thinking, document analysis and systematic writing approaches in their classrooms. In order to support their efforts, we hope to include DBQs as an integral part of curriculum and instruction for all students.
$13,950 for DBQ Project Teacher Resource Binders Mini-Qs in American History-Volume 1 (Grade 5)
$10,725 for DBQ Project Teacher Resource Binders Mini-Qs World History-Volume 1 (Grade 6)
The total cost for these materials will be $25,662, which includes shipping and handling charges.
As a sole producer and distributor, the DBQ Project has quoted BPS with the following terms:
Approve the purchase of DBQ Project Teacher Resource Binders for grades 5 and 6 in the amount of $25,662 and authorize staff to make additional purchases at the pricing listed above.
Approve the terms provided by the DBQ Project for future purchases.
Consent w/o Information - 6/12/2012
Authority for Action
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Source of Funding
Operating - Other
Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, x 330
Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, x 300
Blair Nave, Elementary Social Studies Resource Teacher, x 343