Defining The Task

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The first part of the Big6 Research Process

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Defining The Task

  1. 1. Defining the Task First Step in the Big6 Research Process
  2. 2. Defining the Task with Guiding Questions <ul><li>Guiding Questions help focus and expand research. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking about what might be interesting and important to learn about their topic, compare broad, open-ended questions with narrow, closed questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play &quot;red light, green light,&quot; to test for appropriate guiding questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(This game shows that one-answer questions &quot;stop&quot; the flow of information and is a fun way for students to test and select good guiding questions.) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Importance of developing good, critical thinking, questions <ul><li>Helps the audience think critically about the topic being discussed </li></ul><ul><li>Allows multiple people from the audience to participate during discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Helps the presenter lead a good thorough discussion </li></ul>
  4. 4. GREEN LIGHT QUESTIONS: <ul><li>Lead to more information! </li></ul><ul><li>They answer “Why” and “What if” </li></ul><ul><li>….open ended questions that lead to critical thinking and opinions </li></ul><ul><li>They encourage your audience to investigate </li></ul><ul><li>They lead your audience to the bigger picture </li></ul>
  5. 5. RED LIGHT QUESTIONS: <ul><li>Are questions that STOP information! </li></ul><ul><li>They ask for only one answer </li></ul><ul><li>They ask for “yes” or “no” answers </li></ul><ul><li>They ask for ONE WORD answers </li></ul><ul><li>They don’t help you find out more information </li></ul><ul><li>They kill your discussion!!!!!!!! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples <ul><li>What was the world like when Abraham Lincoln was born? ___ green light ______ </li></ul><ul><li>When was Abraham Lincoln born? ___ red light _______ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Red Light or Green Light? <ul><li>Do you like the leader of the United States ? __________________ </li></ul><ul><li>What are some pros and cons about the leader of the United States ? __________________ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Red Light or Green Light? <ul><li>Do you think citizens ’ will go vote for the election ? _____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>What are some reasons as to why a citizen will/will not go vote ? _____________________ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Red Light or Green Light? <ul><li>Do you think citizens ’ will go vote for the election ? _____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>What are some reasons as to why a citizen will/will not go vote ? _____________________ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Red Light or Green Light? <ul><li>Is the United States contributing to global warming ? ______________________ </li></ul><ul><li>How could the United States reduce the effects of global warming ? ____________________ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Examples of Open-ended Questions <ul><li>How would you…? </li></ul><ul><li>What would result if…? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you describe…? </li></ul><ul><li>How does…compare with…? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between…? </li></ul><ul><li>What would happen if…? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you change…? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you improve…? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you feel about…? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you believe…? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your opinion of…? </li></ul><ul><li>What choice would you have made…? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you do differently? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you feel…? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you go about solving the problem…? </li></ul><ul><li>If you were in this position what would you do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you/don’t you support…? </li></ul><ul><li>What could improve…? </li></ul>

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