To have  students evaluate historical documents as intelligent consumers of information.


Middle school students will find primary and/or secondary source documents and create questions for their global peers to answer online.

This global project supports the following NET Standards as well as various State Standards in all curriculum areas.

1.  Basic operations and concepts

  • Students are proficient in the use of technology.

2.  Social, ethical, and human issues

  • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

3.  Technology productivity tools

  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, preparing publications, and producing other creative works.

4.  Technology communications tools

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.

Theme:  Change (except for foreign language questions)
Where students are today is a result of what has happened over time

  • Progress
  1. What do we label "progress?"
  2. What do we gain and/or lose from progress (trade offs)?
  3. Who gained what?
  • Continuity
  • Individual versus society
  • Power versus non-power


Participants will find one to three primary or secondary documents that relate to change within their curriculum.  For each document they will create two questions.  Please see question ideas and project examples.  The images and questions will be submitted electronically to the project coordinators.  Teachers will include the state standards that support the student work.   All materials are due by November 30, 2002.

The documents and questions will be posted on this web site to be used as a resource.  All visitors are welcome to submit their answers for publication.  We will try to post as many answers as possible.  It will be beneficial for students to see the varying perspectives of people from different generations around the globe.   In addition, visitors may choose to have their answers evaluated by Mrs. McMullan and her class (see project rubric).  We will try to evaluate as many questions that time allows.

Grade Levels- Middle School (ages 10-14) Students in Grades 2-4 may join Primary Student Created DBQs

How to Join

Please e-mail  the following information to Susan Silverman and Melissa McMullan at onlinedbqs@yahoo.com.

  • Your name, e-mail address, URL, school name, town, state, phone number, grade level.
    We will be accepting 40 participants, but who's counting! 

Project Coordinators
Melissa McMullan, Sixth Grade Teacher, JFK Middle School, Port Jefferson Station, New York
Susan Silverman, Instructional Technology Integration Teacher,  Comsewogue School District,  Port Jefferson Station, New York