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exams, Document-Based Questions (“DBQs”) require students to compose coherent essays that synthesize findings from historical documents with outside research.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.