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Grant Wiggins

May 25, 2015
My reply to Willingham, Part 2

In part 1 of my reply to Willingham’s article on reading comprehension strategies published recently in the Washington Post, I …

Further Study - Links to Other Essential Question Pages

English — Language Arts

SpringBoard® from The College Board presents curriculum maps with Essential Questions for English/Language Arts for Middle and High School Levels (Grades 6-12). The sets of EQs include reading and writing processes as well as some literary themes.
http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/springboard/SB_ELA_Middle_School_Levels_At_A_Glance_2010_10-7-2010.pdf
http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/springboard/SB_ELA_High_School_Levels_At_A_Glance_2010_10-7-2010.pdf
AERO Standards for International Schools include a set of Understandings and Essential Questions - Reading (pp. 20, 21, 60), Writing (pp. 71-72), Listening and Speaking (pp. 80-81), and Language Foundations (pp. 85-86).
http://www.projectaero.org/aero_standards/ELA/AERO-ELA-Framework.pdf
http://www.easthampton.k12.ma.us/adminoffice.cfm?subpage=825206
http://www.wallingford.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=12567
Click on link "K-12 Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions" to access a pdf file of program level EQs.
http://www2.westerville.k12.oh.us/Curriculum/Courses%20of%20Study/ELA/Grades%206-7-8%20Enduring%20Understandings%2005-2009.pdf
http://schools.bibb.k12.ga.us/cms/lib01/GA01000598/Centricity/Domain/92/5th_Grade_ELA_Curriculum_Map.pdf
EQs for 5th grade.
http://homeconnection.ohsd.net/documents/11thGradeEnglishEssentialQuestions.pdf
EQs for 11th grade.

Mathematics

http://www.scsk12.org/SCS/curriculum_guides/6-12_Math_Webpage/ms%20pages/msessentialquestions.htm
http://www.gvsd.org/cms/lib02/PA01001045/Centricity/Domain/13/MS%20Curriculum%20Documents/Algebra%20I%20Instructional%20Goals%20and%20Essential%20Questions%20MS.pdf
http://www.wallingford.k12.ct.us/uploaded/Curriculum/MATH_K-12/Math_K_12_Enduring_Understandings_and_Essential_Questions.pdf
http://www.acps.k12.va.us/curriculum/design/sample-algebra-course.pdf
http://www.keyschool.org/documents/Concepts%20of%20Elementary%20Mathematics.pdf
http://www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/homepage/jmajor/File/EQ_s.PDF
http://www.cbsd.org/curriculum/Documents/K12%20Mathematics%20Essential%20Questions.pdf

History/ Social Studies

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/essential-questions-american-history
https://www.ocps.net/cs/services/cs/currareas/soc/IR/Documents/Overarching%20Essential%20Questions.pdf
http://www.facinghistory.org/resources/strategies/essential-questions
http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/shared/themes.php
http://www.mtoliveboe.org/cms/lib02/NJ01000102/Centricity/Domain/234/Essential%20Questions%20for%20American%20History.pdf
http://figstory.com
http://sms.sdcoe.net/SMS/hss/essenQuesHSS.asp
http://www.wallingford.k12.ct.us/uploaded/Curriculum/SOCIAL_STUDIES_K-12/SS_K-12_EUs_&_EQs.pdf
http://www.mtabe.k12.vt.us/anesu/cia%20page%20content/Curriculum/Soc%20Stud%20Core%20Essential%20Questions%20REVISED%205-1-08.pdf
http://gorospeg.tripod.com/pdf/EssentialQuestioningArticle.pdf
http://www.ajusd.org/webpages/ahetro/essential_questions.cfm
http://www.clayton.k12.mo.us/Page/3601

Science

http://www.pnwboces.org/science21/pdf/essentialquestions.pdf
http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/science/enduring_understanding.pdf
http://www.easthampton.k12.ma.us/webpages/JBucs/news.cfm?subpage=907993
https://sites.google.com/a/north-scott.k12.ia.us/edgin-science/general-science/general-science-essential-questions
http://www.fairfieldschools.org/pdf/Science%20Standards_Science_Core_HS.pdf
http://www.wjhsd.net/~jcramer/assets/parents_science_map.pdf
http://www.bsd7.org/district/departments/curriculum_instruction/standards/documents/Science%20Standards%20/e_ScienceElementary4th.pdf
http://www.bvsd.org/curriculum/curriculum/K5%20Curriculum%20Documents/Middle%20Level%20Curriculum%20Adopted%202009/SCIENCEPhysSci.pdf
http://homeconnection.ohsd.net/documents/ChemistryEssentialQuestions.pdf

General

This website poses essential Questions to spark pro-con debates by essay writers.
http://www.templeton.org/signature-programs/big-questions-essay-series
Notosh — Ideas for guiding students to create their own essential questions as part of “design thinking”
Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions

State Resources

Delaware - Click on the various subject areas and grade levels to see model units based on UbD.
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/staff/ci/content_areas/social_studies/model_unit_4-5.shtml
New Jersey - Click link to download a pdf file containing a collection of overarching (program level) understandings and essential questions.
http://www.nj.gov/education/aps/njscp/Phase1allAreas.pdf
Pennsylvania - Select a content area (e.g., SAS Applied to Mathematics), a grade range (e.g., 6 – 8) or a Grade/Course (e.g., Pre-Algebra) to view Big Ideas (understandings) and Essential Questions.
http://www.pdesas.org/module/sas/curriculumframework/

Regional Service Agency

Oakland ISD, Michigan – A collection of curriculum units linked to the Common Core Standards include UbD elements (EQs, performance tasks).
http://oaklandk12-public.rubiconatlas.org/Atlas/Browse/View/Default

School Districts

Grand Island, NE has developed K-12 Curriculum maps based on overarching Understandings and Essential Questions, then course level curriculum maps for various subject areas. From the HOME PAGE, click on "Learning", then "Curricular Areas" then, "Course/grade level maps", "enduring understandings", "essential questions" and "philosophy and beliefs."
http://www.gips.org/
Montgomery County, MD - Using UbD to frame district curriculum. Click on Subject Areas and Grade Levels to access "curriculum blueprints" (aka curriculum maps) in Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Most blueprints contain Understandings and Essential Questions.
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum.aspx
Nanuet Union School District, NY – Using UbD to map the district curriculum using Atlas Rubicon mapping software. Click on "Browse" to search UbD units.
http://nufsd.rubiconatlas.org/c/etc/options.php?UserID=0

Blogs

http://www.huffenglish.com/?p=363
http://tech.hcesc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Essential_Questions_Defined.pdf