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Thoughts on Education

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 …

25 Essential Questions

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# Essential Question
1 Persuasion: How can I organize my thinking and the information I have to support my thinking, in order to persuade others?
2 Creative Writing: What is the story I have to tell? How completely do I need to answer that question before I begin writing? How might my answer change as I write?
3 Writing/Drafting: How does all this information fit together? What should I use? What should I not use? Why?
4 Writing/Drafting: How can I describe something in a way that will make it come alive for the reader?
5 Grammar: Why does writing have rules?
6 Vocabulary: Is there a more powerful, vivid, or more precise word I can use here?
7 Geography: How does where we live influence how we live?
8 Geography: What do we gain from calling an area a region?
9 How can I use my knowledge of the structure of language to communicate more effectively?
10 How can an individual's experience reflect the struggle of an entire group or nation? How does the struggle change when it is personal?
11 What do literature circles look, sound, and feel like?
12 How do people's actions or inactions affect a community?
13 How does culture affect people?
14 How can literature serve as a vehicle for social change?
15 What changes when integers enter the picture?
16 How can I use mathematical language here? What words communicate what I want to say?
17 What's the pattern?
18 To what extent can I quantify what I see, feel, and sense?
19 When we simplify expressions, when are we using rules based on unchangeable realities? When are we applying agreed-upon conventions?
20 How do pictures (graphs, polynomial and rational expressions) paint a thousand words?
21 When is estimation useful? What determines a reasonable estimation for a given situation?
22 How are different forms of numbers related?
23 Why is the natural base so important?
24 EQ1: How and in what situations does a small change sometimes yield a big effect?
25 Unit EQ1: How should we organize ourselves as a society?