Approaching a DBQ: An Introduction for AP Students (In-Person)

Students work on a document-based question similar to those on the AP exam using documents from the Kennedy Library archives, and strategize tactics for successfully analyzing primary sources.

About this Resource

Grade Level
10
11
12
Time Required
2-3 hours
Curricular Resource Type
Guided Programs
Curricular Resource Subject Area
US History
Curricular Resource Topic
Civil Rights
The Cold War
Curricular Standards
Common Core
C3 Framework for Social Studies
National History Standards (UCLA)
National Council of Teachers of English
Massachusetts Framework - English Language Arts
Massachusetts Framework - History and Social Science

Students work on a document-based question similar to those on the AP exam using documents from the Kennedy Library archives, and strategize tactics for successfully analyzing primary sources. Allow 3 hours. Between 20-50 students can be accommodated per session. To make a reservation or for further information, email nina.tisch@nara.gov.


On weekday mornings during the school year, the Library's Department of Education and Public Programs offers a variety of structured programs for elementary, middle and high school classes visiting the museum. These programs are 2.5 to 3 hours long, and are limited to 50 students per program. Teachers of grades 6-12 may also elect to bring their group for a self-guided museum visit. All museum visits by school groups must be scheduled in advance. To schedule a self-guided visit, please call the Group Tour Coordinator at 617.514.1589. For further information on guided programs, contact the education staff at the email addresses indicated in the program descriptions.