Asking Historical Questions

One thing raters commented on during our TAH rating session at the beginning of the month was how much more frequently teachers provided guiding questions for students rather than asking students to create those questions.  Since then, I’ve been struck by the fact that Washington’s GLEs suggest that students should be “creating” research questions from the 4th grade on (5.2.1).

In thinking about this, I found a cool page developed by a class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a piece on using film in middle school, as well as the ever-instructive comments of Levstik and Barton.

My question to you, dear readers:  What level of cognitive challenge do you place on your students in this regard?  To what extent do you ask students to come up with the questions?  How do you interpret this GLE and the Dig Deep CBA?


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