How do you support literacy skills?

DBQuest introduces students to major questions in civics and history. A Big Question acts as guiding light for deep examination of three selected primary resources. Each document challenges students to dig into the text itself and find the relevant information through document–based supporting questions. DBQuest is designed to support social studies teachers looking for fun ways to support literacy skills or ELA teachers interested in digital writing tools.

Drafting Board is an interactive, online essay builder that helps teachers guide students through the process of clear, argumentative writing.  Some of the Drafting Board features include: audio read-aloud feature; side-by-side layout of student writing with evidence; graphic organizers that illustrate basic essay building concepts; highlighted student writing to help teachers distinguish between student contributions and the tool.  The seven Drafting Board topics are designed to complement iCivics curricular units and games.

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