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Mr. Rosenau / Mr. Charest 8th Grade WEx 27 November 2017

DEVELOPING QUESTIONS

Goal: Develop deep, non-Googleable questions for our Genius Hour topics

STEP 1: Generate questions

1. Pick 3 potential topics for Genius Hour (this can be from your brainstorming on Friday, but it does not have to be)

2. For EACH TOPIC, come up with 8 questions

3. Use the chart below to help you compile these questions

“Thin” Questions

“Thick” Questions

(AVOID)

(GOAL)

What are they?

What are they?

Can be easily answered

Harder to answer

Can be answered with one word

Needs evidence and support

No discussion on how to answer

Open-ended or has many different answers

Can simply use Google or Siri

Cannot be simply Googled or answered by Siri

Surface-level questions

Answers have depth

Usually start with:

Can start with:

Who

What is the impact

What

What is the influence

When

What if

Where

What is the result

How can you use

How could you

Why

How

STEP 2: The Siri-test

1. Ask each question to Siri, and see if Siri can easily answer it

2. Determine whether the questions are strong (“thick questions”) or weak (“thin questions”)

a. Put a “” next to questions that you still think are strong

b. Put an “X” next to questions that you think are weak

STEP 3: Question Checklist

1. Look ONLY at the questions you put a “” next to

2. For each of those questions, see how many of the following conditions apply:

The question is appealing to you. The question is concise. The question has no easy answer. The question taps into your interests and passions. The question does not sound like a test question. The question leads to more questions. There is more than one answer to the question. The topic is personal or local. You can relate to the question in your daily life. You will have choices for your end products. Other people will care about your question. The question requires serious investigation.

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question. The question requires serious investigation. ℹ You will learn important skills and content in answering

You will learn important skills and content in answering the question. A project based based on this question can make a difference in the world.

3. CIRCLE each question that meets at least 7/14 of the above conditions

STEP 4: Branching questions

1. Look at the questions you circled at the end of step 4, and pick the ONE QUESTION you think is the best

2. Create a question web, with sub questions you might need to answer/address for the larger question

a.

Example:

the best 2. Create a question web, with sub questions you might need to answer/address for