Question Exploration Routine

 

 

This is a series of SEVEN steps and exercises to help you get deeply and to the essence of a question-- a practical way to begin to think that doesn't involve multiple choice, true false, or word banks  -- a way to move beyond the dualistic thinking developmental stage to a more open relativistic way of thinking that is at the core of higher learning and career readiness. 

 

Why should we use this method?  You learn and practice the following academic skills as part of a process

(in order to practice thinking beyond merely having a non academic strong opinion)-- base your claim of truth on evidence to share with others.

 

On a separate sheet of paper or on worksheet provided (here)---

 

 

Name___________________________________      ALL RESPONCES MUST BE IN LEGIBLE SENTENCES             

Step 1-- Good thinking always begins with a Critical Question:

 

 

 

What is the counter or opposite of that question?  Write it in the space below.

 

Step 2-- Unpack the VOCABULARY:   Begin with the question, the work we are reading, discussion, and brainstorming to identify vocabulary we can use to explore the topic.   What is the essential vocabulary needed to understand the question?

Word (                                                  ) Definition_______________________________________________________________

Word (                                                  ) Definition_______________________________________________________________

Word (                                                  ) Definition_______________________________________________________________

Word (                                                  ) Definition_______________________________________________________________

Word (                                                  ) Definition_______________________________________________________________

 

Step 3 – What other questions come to mind as you think of how to answer this question?  These are called SUPPORTING QUESTION:

Write at least 3 Supporting Questions below:

Counter Questions  (opposite position) below:

 

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Answer and Evidence:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer and Evidence:

 

 

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Answer and Evidence:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer and Evidence:

 

 

 

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Answer and Evidence:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer and Evidence:

 

 

Step 5 – Based on your evidence only, what is the answer for the CRITICAL QUESTION and answer to the Counter Question?

Critical Question’s Answer:

 

 

 

 

 

Counter Question’s Answer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6 -- How can we CONNECT THE ANSWER to the world?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7 – What is a REAL WORLD USE for the knowledge and answers you have explored??

 

 

 

 

Extra Credit Enrichment:  On a separate sheet of paper, explain how to use this new knowledge based on our evidence and reflection to approach new problems or situations in a brief paragraph: