Joseph Kerr Middle School teacher, Nolan French walks viewers through the DBQ Project (Document Based Questions): What Caused the Salem Witch Trial Hysteria of 1692? Students experienced this common core based six step lesson over a four day period.
Step 1 - Engaging the Student: The Hook
Step 2 - Build Context: Background Essay
Step 3 - Clarify the Question & Pre-Bucketing
Step 4 - Understanding the Documents
Step 5 - Grouping the Documents: Bucketing
Step 6 - Thrash Out to Essay

Produced by SECC ( and the Elk Grove Unified School District (

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