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.
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).