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DEVELOPING AN
ESSENTIAL QUESTION
Research
6th & 7th Grade Language
What is an Essential Question?
 Doesn’t have an easy answer
 Doesn’t have a correct answer
 Answers are found by puttin...
Examples of EQs
 Was slavery in the US necessary?
 How did slavery change the US?
 Did runaway slaves ever reach freedo...
Step 1: Read, Read, Read
 On Sunday, February 5th, the two teams you see here will face
each other in the biggest game of...
Step 2: Take Notes, Ask
Questions
 Super bowl is the
biggest game of NFL
season.
 NY Giants play in New
Jersey
 Use rom...
Step 3: List, Ponder, Discuss
Questions
 Why don’t Giants play in NY?
 How does NFL decide where the Super Bowl
played?
...
Step 3: List, Ponder, Discuss
Questions
 Why don’t Giants play in NY?
 How does NFL decide where the Super Bowl
played?
...
Turning Questions into EQs
 Why don’t Giants
play in NY?
 How do they decide
where it’s played?
 Should the NY
Giants p...
A Few More Examples…
 How did the
Holocaust start?
 What kinds of planes
were used in WWI?
 How did the Roman
Empire fa...
Remember…
 EQs do not have an easy answer
 Pick something that’s interesting to you
 Your answer will require you to sy...
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  1. 1. DEVELOPING AN ESSENTIAL QUESTION Research 6th & 7th Grade Language
  2. 2. What is an Essential Question?  Doesn’t have an easy answer  Doesn’t have a correct answer  Answers are found by putting multiple ideas together  Thought-provoking  Provide a common ground for discussion  Lead to more questions
  3. 3. Examples of EQs  Was slavery in the US necessary?  How did slavery change the US?  Did runaway slaves ever reach freedom?  How did abolitionists change how Americans thought about slavery?
  4. 4. Step 1: Read, Read, Read  On Sunday, February 5th, the two teams you see here will face each other in the biggest game of the NFL season, the Super Bowl. The Giants’ home stadium isn’t in New York; it’s in New Jersey. The Super Bowl is always given a Roman numeral instead of a number, and this year it is Super Bowl XLVI.  This year’s game will be played in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a re-match of the 2008 Super Bowl, when these teams faced also faced each other. The two teams have the same head coaches and same starting quarterbacks now that they had then. New York’s coach is Tom Coughlin and New England’s coach is Bill Belichick. The Patriots have a much better regular season record than the Giants this year. The Patriots won 13 games and lost 3, while the Giants won 9 games and lost 7. But none of that matters — whichever team wins will be the NFL’s champion. Almost as much attention is paid to the half-time show and the commercials as to the game itself.
  5. 5. Step 2: Take Notes, Ask Questions  Super bowl is the biggest game of NFL season.  NY Giants play in New Jersey  Use roman numerals  This year it’s in Indianapolis  Rematch of 2008  Much attn paid to commercial  Why don’t Giants play in NY?  How do they decide where it’s played?  Wow! Why are commercials so popular?  Why is SB so popular?  What does a team need to get to SB? Notes Thinking How are sports important to American culture?
  6. 6. Step 3: List, Ponder, Discuss Questions  Why don’t Giants play in NY?  How does NFL decide where the Super Bowl played?  Why are the commercials so popular?  Why do so many people watch the Super Bowl?  What does a team need to get to the Super Bowl?
  7. 7. Step 3: List, Ponder, Discuss Questions  Why don’t Giants play in NY?  How does NFL decide where the Super Bowl played?  Why are the commercials so popular?  Why do so many people watch the Super Bowl?  What does a team need to get to the Super Bowl?
  8. 8. Turning Questions into EQs  Why don’t Giants play in NY?  How do they decide where it’s played?  Should the NY Giants play in NY?  Should the NFL change how they decide where the Super Bowl is played? Question Essential Question
  9. 9. A Few More Examples…  How did the Holocaust start?  What kinds of planes were used in WWI?  How did the Roman Empire fall?  How did the Costa Concordia run aground?  Could the Holocaust have been prevented?  How did planes effect WWI?  How did the fall of the Roman Empire change history?  How can we make cruise ships safer? Questions Essential Questions
  10. 10. Remember…  EQs do not have an easy answer  Pick something that’s interesting to you  Your answer will require you to synthesize (put together) an answer from others’ opinions and facts

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