Purpose: To teach students how to ask, answer and evaluate higher level of thinking questions.

Objective:  Students in grades 2-4 will find Primary Source or Secondary Source Documents or create their own.  They will ask questions about their documents which will be answered online and posted on this web site.

Our original project,  Student Created Document Based Questions  was for middle school students.  Many people have asked us to extend this for younger students, so we have created this project with the following modifications:

  • There will be only one document, three questions and an optional essay on each page.  SEE EXAMPLE
  • We will create a maximum of 6 pages per participating class.
  • Participants will select the responses that will be posted on this web site. The answers will automatically go to the participant's e-mail address.  After evaluating the answers, the participant will click on the submit button if they want the response posted.
  • Participants will list the state or NETS standards that support their work.

A suggested theme for this project can be Culture

  • music
  • art
  • dance
  • holidays
  • traditions
  • foods
  • stories
  • dress
  • religion
  • beliefs

If this theme does not fit into your curriculum you can still participate.  Any topic that you are studying is fine.

Grade Levels- 2-4 (ages 7-9)

How to Join

Please e-mail the following information to Susan Silverman 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 Coordinator
 Susan Silverman, Instructional Technology Integration Teacher, Comsewogue School District, Port Jefferson Station, New York

Project Consultant
Melissa McMullan, Sixth Grade Teacher, JFK Middle School, Port Jefferson Station, New York

All materials are due by April 15, 2003.

Click HERE  for information about documents and standards.