Thursday, February 9, 2012

Six Facets of Understanding Question Starters

Explanation
  • What is the key idea in . . . ?
  • What are examples of . . . ?
  • Whare the characteristics/parts of . . . ?
  • How did this come about? Why is this so?
  • What caused . . . ?  What are the effects of . . . ?
  • How might we prove/confirm/justify . . . ?
  • How is . . . connected to . . . ?
  • What might happen if . . . ?
  • What are common misconceptions about . . . ?
Interpretation
  • What is the meaning of . . . ?
  • What are the implications of . . . ?
  • What does . . . reveal about . . . ?
  • How is . . .like . . . ?
  • How does . . . relate to me/us/the world, etc.?
  • So what? Why does it matter?
Application
  • How and when can we use  . . . ?
  • How is . . . applied in the larger world?
  • How might . . . help us to . . . ?
  • How could we use . . . to overcome . . . ?
Perspective
  • What are different points of view about . . . ?
  • How might this look from . . . 's perspective?
  • How is . . . similar to/different from . . . ?
  • What are other possible reactions to . . . ?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of . . . ?
  • What are the limites of . . . ?
  • What is the evidence for . . . .?
  • Is this evidence reliable? Sufficient?
Empathy
  • What would it be like to walk in . . . 's shoes? Why?
  • How might . . . feel about . . . ? Why?
  • How might we reacn an understanding about . . . ?
  • What was . . . trying to make us feel/see?
Self-Knowledge
  • How do I know . . . ?
  • What are the limits of my knowledge about . . . ?
  • What are my "blind spots" about . . . ?
  • How can I best show . . . ?
  • How are my views about . . . shaped by . . . (experiences, habits, prejudices, style)?
  • What are my strenghts and weaknesses in . . . ?
(Wiggins & McTighe, 2011, p. 99)

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