What Makes a Question Essential?
Second, look at these additional examples, organized by subject area, to spark your thinking and clarify the qualities of essential questions, or EQs. Essential Questions in History and Social Studies • Whose "story" is this? • How can we know what really happened in the past? • How should governments balance the rights of individuals with the common good? • Should _______ (e.g., immigration, media expression) be restricted or regulated? Essential Questions in Mathematics • When and why should we estimate? Essential Questions in Language Arts • What do good readers do, especially when they don't comprehend a text? Essential Questions in Science • What makes objects move the way they do? Essential Questions in the Arts • What can artworks tell us about a culture or society? Essential Questions in World Languages • What should I do in my head when trying to learn a language? Is open-ended; that is, it typically will not have a single, final, and correct answer. Two Sides of a Coin Summing Up FAQs
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