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Looking at Our Topic Through Question Lenses


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Looking at Our Topic Through Question Lenses

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  2. 2. Original photograph by Buffy Hamilton
  3. 3. Purpose: Collect information to make an informed choice. Topic: Civil Rights Movement Which individual had the most influence on the Civil Rights movement, and how did this person influence the fight for equality?
  4. 4. Purpose: Understand problems and perspectives, weight options, and propose solutions. Topic: Urban Farming How can urban farming change the quality of life for people living in cities who face health and economic challenges?
  5. 5. Purpose: Use the knowledge you have or learn to pose a hypothesis and consider options. Topic: Environmental laws of coastal Georgia What if Georgia relaxes the restrictions on laws restricting development of Georgia’s barrier islands, and how will it impact the survival of the salt marsh biome?
  6. 6. Purpose: Make a moral or practical decision based on evidence. Topic: Police shootings and accountability Should all police departments purchase body cameras to protect both officers and citizens?
  7. 7. Purpose: Understand and explain relationships to get to the heart or essence of a complicated issue. Topic: Heroin Abuse Why are so many people across all socioeconomic groups, ages, and ethnicities abusing heroin, and how is this epidemic impacting families?
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  9. 9. Think  Do Think about the information you’ve discovered so far and your notes. Based on what you know, try to brainstorm at least 2 questions for each question category. Write your questions on your topic table.
  10. 10. Reflect and Choose Read the questions at your table. Discuss the questions: which one is the “best” in terms of critical thinking and how it might help you connect your topic and motif? Write your “best” selection on the dry erase board for your group. We will share our selections as “best” questions and why we chose them.
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  12. 12. Credits and Attribution Ludwig, Sarah. "Using Question Lenses to Identify Conceptual Themes." Web log post. Sarah Ludwig. N.p., 02 Feb. 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. Riedling, Ann Marlow. An Educator's Guide to Information Literacy: What Every High School Senior Needs to Know. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Print. Special thank you to Upper School Librarian Heather Hersey, Lakeside School, Seattle, WA @hhersey03