Overview

Common to Advanced Placement exams, Document-Based Questions (“DBQs”) require students to compose coherent essays that synthesize findings from historical documents with outside research. Document-Based Questions help students contextualize a historical era, examine bias in primary sources, and support a thesis with evidence–competencies equally valuable to students outside AP classes.

The materials in this Suggested Path allow students to encounter a variety of documents, both musical and non-musical in scope, which relate to events and time periods often featured in Advanced Placement exams and high school history classes. Topics include The French and Indian War, the abolition of slavery, The Second Great Awakening, The Wounded Knee Massacre, The West Virginian Mine WarsThe Civil Rights Movement, The Red Power Movement, The Vietnam War, and The Cold War. For suggestions on how to use these lessons and materials in the classroom, see here.

 

Lessons

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The Musical History of the Cajuns

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
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The Banjo, Slavery, and the Abolition Debate

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Indigenous Music from Wounded Knee to the Billboard Charts

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Singing Democracy During the Second Great Awakening

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Mining and Union Songs in the Early 20th Century

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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The Civil Rights Movement: A Document-Based Question

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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The Music Behind the Red Power Movement

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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The Vietnam War: A Document-Based Question

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
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Reagan and the Cold War: A Document-Based Question

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History