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Lesson 2
Get Started - Becoming Informed

Generating Questions
About Issues

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Answer specified questions about their issues
  • Identify questions to which they do not have answers, and use these questions to guide their continued research

Overview/Purpose:

Students are now ready to ‘dig in’ to selected issues. Students analyze their issues by generating responses to a series of questions about them.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can I establish a solid understanding of my issue?
  • How can asking and answering questions fuel my research?

Recommended Time:

45-90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9

 

Materials:

Generating Questions About Issues Handout

 

Technology Required:

Computers with internet access

 

Lesson Design:

  • Distribute and go over the Generating Questions About Issues handout.
  • Model responding to and generating new questions around your own issue of interest. Think aloud about your model issue, showing a progression of thinking, for example: “When I first heard about (homelessness / child labor / child soldiers…) I thought, how could this happen? Who is responsible for this? These are not easy questions to answer. I had to start finding out the facts of the issue. As I learned more, I had even more questions. I realized I needed to keep track of what I was finding…”
  • Students begin responding to the questions provided on the handout and generating a list of questions about their selected issue that they want to investigate further.
  • As they identify questions they are unable to answer, and develop new questions related to their interests, students can begin the process of researching possible answers. One useful approach is for them to search for websites, organizations or people devoted to the issue and collect as many answers as they can. This process can take days/weeks depending on the information available about the issue selected.