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Writing Higher Order Questions

Lesson Objective: Write discussion questions about texts
All Grades / ELA / Analysis

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Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Francisco use Bloom's Taxonomy to help students write questions?
  2. What can you learn from Ms. Francisco about teaching multiple strategies?
  3. How does Ms. Francisco encourage students to use their personal reactions?

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  • Private message to Trixie Armstrong

1. Using the Bloom's different levels of cognition helps students readily engage the topic using their own personal strengths.

2. I can learn the benefit of her approach by watching the students bring additional perspectives and observations to the group than would be present if just the teacher chose the questions. This approach opens up the students to a much larger potential for connections/meaning to the topic.

3. collaborative brainstorming: rather than just telling the students what to think, this approach models for the students hows to make connections and establish relevance to what they are learning.

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  1. How does Ms. Francisco use Bloom's Taxonomy to help students write questions?

    1. The teacher is using the Taxonomy tool to teach students how to analyze a piece of literature. She’s trying to train them in how to examine the piece. 

  2. What can you learn from Ms. Francisco about teaching multiple strategies?

    1. Multiple strategies mean multiple tools. The Frayer model or something else may help a person approach the work in a way different from Bloom’s and offer a different perspective.

  3. How does Ms. Francisco encourage students to use their personal reactions?

    1. Personal reactions can help a person form a personal connection with something. Questions that could arise is, what am I feeling and why? Are my thoughts inline with the meaning from the author? Why or why not?

    2. Personally, I have a distaste for the analytical models. They have their use, but I’m not sure if I care to dissect a poem or a painting to understand it - does the poem rhyme or not or did a painter use a certain brush stroke. For me, I hope to learn something from art that helps me grow as a person.

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How does Ms. Francisco use Bloom's Taxonomy to help students write questions?
She brought verbs and questions from Bloom's taxonomy to help answer and write questions regarding their subject.

What can you learn from Ms. Francisco about teaching multiple strategies?
She brings different resources for them to use when asnwering questions. She wants them to critical think and looks to make connections from the text to the different verbs/statements. She wants them to read the complex text and question it and have responses them. This empowers them to feel more comfortable in their own decisions.

How does Ms. Francisco encourage students to use their personal reactions?
She asks questions, and asks them to evaluate the text and come up with their own conclusions. She has given them different resources to use and connect on a personal note with what they are reading. 
 

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1. Ms. Francisco provides handouts/ an envelope with cards that will aid in their selection of the various strategies to come up with the questions.

2. Ms. Francisco multiple stragies gives her students the freedom to independently choose in their learning.  

3. Ms. Francisco encourages her students to brain storming from what they have read and observe, which their personal reaction will help them come up with a question.

 

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Transcripts

  • ECET - Strategies Florida - Thristine Francisco - "Writing Higher Order Questions"
    Progam Transcript

    Thristine Francisco:
    Yesterday we read the chapters,

    ECET - Strategies Florida - Thristine Francisco - "Writing Higher Order Questions"
    Progam Transcript

    Thristine Francisco:
    Yesterday we read the chapters, few chapters in Iqbal, and we started to look at questions that we could ask to have a deeper understanding of the text.

    Francisco (Interview):
    There are several strategies that I use to help my students formulate higher order questions.

    Francisco:
    You had the opportunity to choose between the Frayer model, Costa's Levels of Questions, making observations based on the text, and verb starters.

    Francisco (Interview):
    Costa's Levels of Questions, that's the easiest thing to do, because you can pull those types of questions from the Costa's question starters in order to just connect those questions with that text.

    Francisco:
    What strategy did you use to write that question?

    Student:
    The verb starters.

    Francisco:
    Verb starters, okay.

    Francisco (Interview):
    I gave them envelopes with cards at different levels of Bloom's taxonomy questions, so we spent a lot of time using the verbs and whenever we had a text I would say, okay, if you need to use a resource of going and using the cards in order to know-- remember the verbs, I want you to go ahead and use that resource and I want you to write a question. In terms of the Frayer Model, they have a sheet of paper that's divided in four quadrants, and they're kind of examining the four quadrants to see what questions they may have they could learn from looking at that information. So I can kind of see it as a critical brainstorming tool.

    Francisco:
    What strategy did your partner use?

    Student:
    We used, um, notice.

    Francisco:
    Notice? Okay.

    Francisco (Interview):
    As they're reading, they make observations. They look for quotes, things that stand out, things that make them, um, go "ooh, ahh," things that make them feel as though-- that leads to a reaction inside. And they use that reaction that they have and they turn it into a question. I encourage them to see that reading the text, even though it's complex, even though it might seem difficult, that good readers have questions that they didn't know the answers to. Instead of having the teacher have all of the power, it gives the power to them, so really it's about empowering them.

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