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Developing an Essential Question Mrs. Bovino Library
Essential Question �The answer should not be in your notes or in any one source �Reflect upon what you learned this year �Requires critical thinking to answer �You must evaluate the facts and draw your own conclusions! �The answer to your research question should be your opinion! Think current events….
Your Subject for Research �Choose a subject that you found interesting/enjoyed learning about this year… Maybe Government, Religion or Art? �Maybe a problem facing us today… �Brainstorm ideas within topics
How do I structure my Essential Question? �Must start with How or Why �Must be a Comparison or Cause/Effect Question
Cause/Affect Question �Ex. How did democratic thought affect common people? �Choose 3 effects to discuss �Examples: �Work �Education �Family �Leisure �Freedom �Rights
Comparison Question �Select something you want to compare: �How does recycling today compare to recycling in the past 10 years? • Select criteria of the items on which you want to base your comparison • Guiding Questions: 1) What did recycling look like in the past? 2) What is current state of recycling? 3) What is the future of recycling?
Format - Use for all forms – Photo Story, Prezi, Paper, etc. �Essential Question - clearly stated on Title Page/Slide �Introduction – State your Thesis. This is the answer to your research question. (This is your opinion, not a fact). �Comparison Question: 3 criteria to compare such as 1) Past 2) Present 3) Future OR Cause/Affect Question: 3 effects such as 1) Work 2) Education 3)Family �Conclusion – Restate your thesis. Provide proof to your thesis from facts.
Works Consulted �You must cite in proper MLA format. �Works Consulted must be in Microsoft Word or Google Doc. �Noodle Tools: � Personal id: your student id# � Password: student
Are these good essential questions? �What is the battle of tours? �How did the Battle of Tours help lay the foundation for Frankish power in western Europe? �What is pollution? �How does pollution affect the environment?