Being Smart Being ScholarlyMemorizing ThinkingAcademic Best Personal BestFollow Curriculum Follow InterestsHints at What Your Grade Hints at What Your FutureWill Be Will BeInvolves Playing it Safe Involves Risk TakingRelies on Knowing Answers Relies on Asking Right Question
Finding the right question Topic: Beauty Question:Do magazines promote unhealthy images of beauty? Question: Would you be willing to become extremely uglyphysically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years at any physical age you chose?
They Say It’s neither It’s bothI disagree I agree
Group ActivityFor each magazine article, identify:•The topic•The focus question
So What? Who Cares?“The problem is not necessarily that the speakers lacka clear, well-focused thesis or that the thesis isinadequately supported with evidence. Instead, theproblem is that the speakers don’t address the crucialquestion of why their arguments matter.” Graff and Birkenstein, They Say, I Say
Group ActivityPrioritize the 6 questions frommost relevant to least relevant
What explains teenage behavior? If the end of white America is a cultural and demographic inevitability, what will the new mainstream look like and how will white Americans fit into it?Will technology be a form of tyranny or will it free us from tyranny? Will it upend democracy or strengthen it? Can parents harm their children by doing too much?How on earth does anyone propose to assign a number to something as complex as a college or university?
Make lists of interests, hobbies, goals, concernsIn five years, what do I hope to have accomplished? What problems do I want to see solved? What organizations or groups do I admire? What professions am I interested in? Where would I like to travel? What controversial issues do I feel strongly about? What do I want to do better? What experiences do I want to have? What do I want to learn more about?
Brainstorming Tip #2Look for inspiration elsewhere