Generating Inquiry Questions


ELAR-Grade-8 Inquiry & Research Generating Inquiry Questions
Students learn the skills necessary to analyze research topics so they can generate useful questions. Then, they work in groups to generate questions in support of a specific research project. Next, they learn to clarify their questions to tailor the results they seek. Finally, they differentiate between informal and formal inquiries.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn the skills necessary to analyze research topics so they can generate useful questions. Then, they work in groups to generate questions in support of a specific research project. Next, they learn to clarify their questions to tailor the results they seek. Finally, they differentiate between informal and formal inquiries.

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 Edward Curtis, documentarian of Native American life. 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.

Vocabulary Word Used in Passage

  • financier: someone who manages large sums of money


Have you ever sat at the dinner table and asked, “Can you please pass the ketchup?” Only to have the person answer, “Yes, I can,” but not move to reach for the ketchup bottle? You were asking, “Will you please pass the ketchup?” but the person was answering the question, “Are you capable of passing the ketchup?” When conducting inquiry, it is important to ask questions that are as specific as possible. 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.


cartoon head with question words coming out of it: who, what, when, where, why, and how


What words come to mind when you look at the photos? Answer the question with a word or short phrase. To post more than one, separate them with commas, like this: tall, short

Post your answer

As you looked at the images, what questions did they raise for you? What questions would you like to ask Edward Curtis about his photographs of Native Americans?

Post your answer

Briefly discuss student questions. Point out simple factual questions that can be answered with a quick Internet search versus deeper questions that would require significant research in order to answer them.


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

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