Creating Meaningful Questions

James Stephens once said, “we get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.”

To ask a “well-packed” question; yes, that’s what I want my students to know and be able to do.

But how?

I’ve found that sentence stems for writers can provide a framework for articulating textual analysis, so I decided to try the same approach to the asking of questions.  Could sentence stems provide a framework for students’ curiosity?

Would this make discussions richer and more effective?

The answer is yes.

Today’s infographic is all about getting students to ask intelligent, text-based questions.  I call them “situated questions,” questions that simultaneously draw discussion into a text (or texts) and push students to extract something from it (or them).

Enjoy!

Teach students to write thoughtful questions using sentence stems.

Teach students to create text-based questions using sentence stems.

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