BRAND NEW, BUT CLASSROOM TESTED!
OVERVIEW: “Develop Supporting Questions” provides instruction for middle school and early high school students in the art of developing and justifying supporting questions (also known as guiding questions). The lesson - designed for 75 minutes of in-class work and 30 minutes homework - provides a scaffolded, discovery approach to writing supporting questions (guiding questions).
D1.4.6-8. Explain how a question represents key ideas in the field.
NOTE: It seems the C3 Framework expects the students to already know how to construct a supporting or guiding question. I did not expect this, so this lesson includes constructing the compelling question as well as justifying it.
This is from the Inquiry Arc of the C3 Framework: Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries.
C3: College, Career, & Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
INCLUDED in the “zip” file (all files are able to be edited using the Google platform)
* Google Slides - 28 of them - completely editable to suit your specific teaching needs
* Discovery activity materials - photos used as students warm up to the idea of big questions
* Notes and Assessment worksheet
* Rubrics using the C3 Framework
LESSON ELEMENTS (75 MINUTES PLUS 30 MINUTES HOMEWORK):
Large Group - Explanation of Learning Target
Small Group - Examine and compare sample supporting questions to C3 criteria
Large Group - Explanation of how supporting questions fit into the inquiry arc.
Small Group - Practice writing of supporting questions given a compelling question
Small Group - Discussion of why supporting and compelling questions are mutually reinforcing.
Large Group - Followup of small group discussion
Individual : Write 4 supporting questions given a compelling question. Justify why compelling and supporting questions are mutually reinforcing.
Submit it to PeerGrade at the end of class (This is the tool we use for peer-to-peer evaluation.)
Homework: Evaluate one peer’s work and then revise your own work before the next session.
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