Essential questions ‘ Essential questions allow us to explore what knowledge is, how it came to be, and how it has changed...
Creating Essential questions <ul><li>Your enquiry will only be as good as the essential questions that you can devise to g...
Before you start <ul><li>One very good place to start when devising questions is to consider what you already know.  </li>...
How to start… <ul><li>First and foremost, your questions must be ones that you don ’t know the answer to!  </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Make your questions open-ended, so they don ’t have simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. This will force you to research ...
<ul><li>Aim to create questions that will allow you to  analyse, evaluate and synthesise , which are higher level thinking...
Skills and question cues <ul><li>Analysis :  </li></ul><ul><li>seeing patterns, organisation of parts, recognition </li></...
<ul><li>Synthesis: </li></ul><ul><li>use old ideas to create new ones,  generalize from given facts, relate knowledge from...
<ul><li>Evaluation:   </li></ul><ul><li>compare and discriminate between ideas, assess value of theories, make choices bas...
To learn more… <ul><li>Go to the site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.iwebquest.com/webquestcourse/question.htm </li></ul><u...
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Essential questions

  1. 1. Essential questions ‘ Essential questions allow us to explore what knowledge is, how it came to be, and how it has changed through human history.’ -www.galileo.org
  2. 2. Creating Essential questions <ul><li>Your enquiry will only be as good as the essential questions that you can devise to guide your study, so you must create ‘great’ essential questions! </li></ul><ul><li>These essential questions are what will form the backbone of what you research, so quite a bit of thought needs to go into forming them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Before you start <ul><li>One very good place to start when devising questions is to consider what you already know. </li></ul><ul><li>By asking yourself what you know, you can start thinking about what you want to find out. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Inspiration or similar to brainstorm what you already know about your allocated/chosen topic </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to start… <ul><li>First and foremost, your questions must be ones that you don ’t know the answer to! </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time researching something that you already know, and what is the point of that? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Make your questions open-ended, so they don ’t have simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. This will force you to research deeper into a subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Your questions need to have meaning: either to you, and/ or to the ‘real world’, so you have a reason to do the research in the first place. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you are researching something that you are interested in! </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Aim to create questions that will allow you to analyse, evaluate and synthesise , which are higher level thinking skills, rather than just based on comprehension or application, which are lower level thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Following information adapted from http://www.iwebquest.com/webquestcourse/question.htm </li></ul>
  7. 7. Skills and question cues <ul><li>Analysis : </li></ul><ul><li>seeing patterns, organisation of parts, recognition </li></ul><ul><li>of hidden meanings and identification of components </li></ul><ul><li>Question Cues: </li></ul><ul><li>analyse, separate, order, explain, connect, classify, arrange, divide, compare, select, explain, infer </li></ul><ul><li>Example Question: </li></ul><ul><li>Can you explain why Latin died out and the effect on other languages? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Synthesis: </li></ul><ul><li>use old ideas to create new ones, generalize from given facts, relate knowledge from several areas, predict, draw conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Question Cues: </li></ul><ul><li>combine, integrate, modify, rearrange, substitute, plan, create, design, invent, compose, formulate, prepare, generalise, rewrite </li></ul><ul><li>Example Question: </li></ul><ul><li>Can you use your knowledge of the language to predict its future evolution? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Evaluation: </li></ul><ul><li>compare and discriminate between ideas, assess value of theories, make choices based on reasoned argument, verify value of evidence, recognise subjectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Question Cues: </li></ul><ul><li>assess, decide, rank, measure, recommend, convince, select, judge, explain, discriminate, support, conclude, compare, summarise </li></ul><ul><li>Example Question: </li></ul><ul><li>Compare two or more great writers to determine which you think had the greatest impact on their audience. </li></ul>
  10. 10. To learn more… <ul><li>Go to the site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.iwebquest.com/webquestcourse/question.htm </li></ul><ul><li>At the bottom of the page are a range of website links to discover more about essential questions. </li></ul>
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