CREATING QUESTIONS


(The following ideas are adapted from Branch and GallowaySolowan's article Inquiry-Based Learning)

Give students opportunities to:

Explore the topic before generating questions.
Brainstorm possible questions, ideas and issues - either in groups or individually.
Use concept mapping software (such as Inspiration) or mind maps, topic webs to record ideas
Use KWL chart to develop questions. Student chart existing knowledge and list as many questions as possible.
Complete the "Who Cares Test" to check if the proposed question is indeed a good inquiry question.

Who Cares Test - Moving Beyond Simple Information Gathering to Higher-Level Questioning


1. How is ---------related to ?
2. What is a new example of ---------?
3. What are some possible solutions for the problem of ---------?
4. Explain why ----------- .
5. What do you think would happen if -------------------?
6. Why is ------------- important?

Exploring Perspective Test - Exploring the Inquiry Topic through the Eyes of Someone in a Particular Profession


1. What would be a good science question related to this topic?
2. What would be a good math question related to this topic?
3. What would be a good history question related to this topic?
4. What would be a good art question related to this topic?
5. What kind of question would a doctor ask about this topic?
6. What kind of question would a lawyer ask about this topic?
7. What kind of question would a environmentalist ask about this topic?
8. What kind of question would a social worker ask about this topic? and so on....

Kinds of Questioning
http://www.fno.org/toolbox.html

Generating Inquiry Questions

http://www.mchenry.edu/library/tutorial/questions.htm