Higher Order Questions: A Path to Deeper Learning

Grades 6-8 / ELA / Literature
CCSS: ELA.RL.6.1 ELA.RL.6.5 ELA.SL.6.1c

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6-€“12

6

6th Grade

1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

6

6th Grade

5

Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

6

6th Grade

1c

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

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Lesson Objective
Create higher order questions in order to analyze and discuss a text
Length
6 min
Questions to Consider
How does Ms. Francisco help her students develop higher order questions?
What do students learn from both writing and discussing questions?
How do students test the validity of their questions? Why is this step important?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.6.1, ELA.RL.6.5, ELA.SL.6.1c

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Higher Order Questions: A Path to Deeper Learning

Grades 6-8 / ELA / Literature

Higher Order Questions: A Path to Deeper Learning