Generating Inquiry Questions


ELAR-Grade-6 Inquiry & Research Generating Inquiry Questions
Students learn strategies to generate useful questions and work in groups to generate questions in support of a research project. Then, they learn to clarify their questions to accurately tailor the results they seek. They differentiate between informal inquiries, designed to answer questions, and formal inquiries, designed for research and writing projects.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn strategies to generate useful questions and work in groups to generate questions in support of a research project. Then, they learn to clarify their questions to accurately tailor the results they seek. Finally, they differentiate between informal inquiries, designed to answer questions, and formal inquiries, designed for research and writing projects.

Students will collaborate in small groups in Scenes 2 and 3.

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 modern designers Charles and Ray Eames. In the complementary experience, “Finding Reliable 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.


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.


Crossword grid of question words built with letter tiles

Look at the chairs around you. What characteristics do they have that make them chairs, instead of another piece of furniture? Answer the question with a word or short phrase. To post more than one, separate them with commas, like this: rose, thorn

Post your answer

Lead a discussion about the answers, which will likely include seat, back, four legs, designed for sitting


You answered a specific question, and there are a limited number of answers. The question did not ask why chairs were designed the way they were, or how the chairs in the classroom came to be the size, shape, and design they are. Those questions would require research to answer.


Divide students into small groups for the next two scenes. When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.

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