Generating Inquiry Questions


ELAR-Grade-5 Inquiry & Research Generating Inquiry Questions
Students work in groups to generate questions on a topic to gather information for a research project. They learn about the 5Ws, fact trees, and how to make their questions specific to clarify the results they seek. They differentiate between informal and formal inquiries.

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Overview

In this experience, students work in groups to generate questions on a topic to gather information for a research project. They learn about the 5Ws, fact trees, and how to make their questions specific to clarify the results they seek. They differentiate between informal and formal inquiries.

Students will work in small groups in Scenes 3 and 4.

Note that in this experience, “Generating Inquiry Questions,” students write questions that could serve for formal and informal inquiries based on passages containing information about George Washington. In the complementary experience, “Finding Information,” students conduct research to answer questions about that same subject. Each experience can stand alone, but they are designed to work together.

Objectives

  • Distinguish between formal and informal inquiry.
  • Ask and clarify questions for inquiry.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Used in Passages

  • savvy: wise, clever shrewd


Consider this scenario: you want to ride your bike to a friend’s new house. You ask “How do I get there?” The friend answers, “By car.” To get the right answer, you have to ask the right question. In this experience, you will learn how to generate inquiry questions that will help you find relevant information.

Objectives

  • Distinguish between formal and informal inquiry.
  • Ask and clarify questions for inquiry.


Question words illustration

Imagine that you have been chosen to attend a press conference given by your favorite celebrity or sports star, and you have the opportunity to ask one question.


Write the one question you would ask your favorite celebrity or athlete.

Post your answer

Ask students if they think they would have had a better question if they’d had more time, or if their familiarity with the person gave them an edge in coming up with a great question. If desired, point out that celebrities probably hear the same questions over and over and that getting an interesting and unique answer requires a well-thought-out question.


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