Set your students up for success in their research by explicitly teaching how to write strong research questions! No-prep, scaffolded printables including "Open and Closed Questions' lesson plan with PowerPoint presentation!
Researching is a lifelong skill that can be challenging for students to practice and master. I strongly believe that carefully scaffolding and explicitly teaching key skills throughout the research process is essential to promoting student success!
Establishing strong research questions is one of the most important steps within the research process. Too often students are in a rush to begin researching without a clear idea of what they are searching for. This can result in an ‘all about’ final project that lacks focus and detailed content that is relevant to the topic. Well-written questions will guide students in their research and help focus the overall project from gathering information through to the writing process.
Writing strong research questions is a skill that students can begin practicing in the elementary years and continue to develop as they enter high school and even university!
This PDF resource is divided into the following 4 sections and each section contains ready-to-go printables to assist you in scaffolding the process of developing strong research questions. Within the ZIP file folder you will also receive an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
♦ Exploring the Topic: Templates for students to record information/thinking when engaging in wide reading about a general topic.
♦ Exploring Open and Closed Questions: Detailed lesson plan complete with PowerPoint presentation and activity printables to teach open and closed questioning.
♦ Common Problems with Research Questions: Information sheets and practice activities to explore common issues with research questions.
♦ Writing Research Questions: Templates for students to use when writing their own research questions; ‘Research Question Checklist’ printable bookmarks; Questioning grid; Teacher Check template.
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