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Grant Wiggins

December 08, 2014
Questions about Questions: NCSS and UbD

Many history and social studies teachers have asked me a question that is moving around Twitter: “What is the relationship …

25 Essential Questions

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# Essential Question
1 Expository Writing: What information should I include? What should I leave out? Why?
2 Journalism: Do we have a responsibility to report? Everything?
3 Geography: What is the relationship between the geography of a place and the economics of a place?
4 Civics: How can we keep government responsive to needs and interests?
5 How do people communicate without adequate language? How can I therefore communicate effectively, even when I don't know all the words?
6 How does my understanding about the culture of a people help me communicate with them most effectively?
7 How can I use my own experience and my outside knowledge to better understand and appreciate this text?
8 What makes a good story (play, poem, informational text?) Why choose to write in one genre rather than any other?
9 How can I pull everything together to understand the text?
10 How do physical journeys compare to journeys of other kinds like spiritual, psychological, political, social ones? How can the reader distinguish one type of journey from another?
11 How has the author used various elements and devices to craft a good story? How successful has he/she been in reaching that goal?
12 How can I respond in a smart way to what I read and hear?
13 Can I influence how data is interpreted by the type of graph I choose? Are my opinions swayed by the type of graph I read?
14 What can a number (or digit) represent? What does this number represent here? (place value)
15 How well can mathematics model messy, real-world situations?
16 Can this situation be represented mathematically? If so, what's the best way, given this context?
17 What family of equations/graphs best represents this problem/situation? What does it tell us is equivalent? What is important about this equivalence?
18 How can accurate measurement help us to solve problems?
19 How does this compare to that?
20 How do we best represent a comparison of quantities?
21 6.3.6 How are antibodies produced and how do they help fight off infection by pathogens? (How does the human body defend itself against foreign invaders?)
22 How can we distinguish between knowledge, belief and opinion?
23 EQ1: How can I effectively use statistical graphs and measures to give an accurate answer to a question about an imprecise situation?
24 EQ1: How can we balance tradition and progress?
25 UEQ1: How do Americans balance their own individual interests against the common good?