The Document Based Question, or DBQ, is a foundational component of any Common Core-aligned history course. Covering a wide array of historical thinking and literacy skills, document sourcing and analysis, selecting and using evidence, and persuasive writing, the DBQ is an essential tool in the history teacher’s toolkit. This DBQ Matrix gives students a place to collect source information, as well as document analysis from their reading of primary and secondary sources on one neatly organized sheet. It then guides students to group documents in preparation for composing a thesis statement. Since DBQ packets can often be many pages, this matrix allows teachers to reuse the documents over multiple periods or years, while giving students a place to collect their needed information without writing on the documents themselves. The DBQ Matrix uses the HAPPY method of analyzing documents and works well for both grade-level and advanced courses. This file is completely customizable and is classroom tested.