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Essential Questions. What is an Essential Question?. Questions that require you to make a decision or plan a course of action . (Evaluation-highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.) Questions that probe for deeper meaning and set the stage for further questioning.

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Essential questions

Essential Questions


What is an essential question

What is an Essential Question?

  • Questions that require you to make a decision or plan a course of action. (Evaluation-highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.)

  • Questions that probe for deeper meaning and set the stage for further questioning.

  • Questions that foster the development of critical thinking skills and higher order capabilities such as problem-solving and understanding complex systems.

  • A good essential question is the principle component of designing inquiry-based learning.


Avoid

Avoid

  • "What is" questions

  • "What is AIDS”

  • "What is acid rain”

  • While these are important questions, they do not require that you make a decision or plan a course of action.


Instead

Instead

  • Ask, "How can I reduce the likelihood of contracting AIDS?" (this requires a plan of action).

  • "What is the best strategy for reducing the impact of acid rain in the United States?" (this requires a decision among the various strategies).


Essential question samples

Essential Question Samples

  • Isit acceptable to clone humans?

  • Should animals be genetically altered to produce human proteins?

  • Should the remaining cultures of smallpox be destroyed?

  • What are the most effective steps for preventing breast cancer?

  • How can bananas be genetically altered show that they vaccinate the consumer against viral diseases?

  • Should the HIV virus be modified for use in gene therapy?


A supporting question is

A Supporting question is:

  • One whose answer provides the facts used to answer the essential question


Essential versus supporting

Essential Versus Supporting

  • "Should wetlands in the United States be preserved? (remember: essential questions require that you ask a decision-making or action plan question, this is an example of a decision-making question).

  • Here are supporting questions relating to the wetlands essential question:

    • What is a wetland?

    • What are the reasons for saving wetlands?

    • Why are wetlands being destroyed?

    • Who is destroying wetlands?

    • How many of acres of wetlands exist in the United States?

    • At what rate are wetlands being destroyed?

    • What are the best methods for saving wetlands?


Activities to support essential questions about wetlands

Activities to Support Essential Questions about Wetlands

  • Persuasive Argument for whether the wetlands should be saved.

    • PowerPoint Presentation

    • Publisher Brochure

    • Inspiration Web

    • Microsoft Word Document with Pictures

  • Each format should have evidence of all supporting questions.


How do i know they learned the supporting facts

How do I know they learned the Supporting Facts?

  • Check for accuracy in presentation

  • Did they persuade you?

  • Self assessment

  • Create an assessment

  • Test


More information

More Information….

  • http://www.biopoint.com/inquiry/ibr.html#

  • http://mathstar.nmsu.edu/exploration1/unit/content_questions.html


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