Essential Questions

VSB High School Teams December 2011 Meeting
Focus: Essential Questions
Book: Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. (2007). Engaging Readers and Writers with Inquiry: Promoting Deep Understandings in Language Arts and the Content Areas with Guiding Questions

After a presentation clarifying what an Essential Question is (see Qualities of an Essential Question), the group generated their own questions according to the area in which they taught. The following are a sample:

Of Mice and Men: What are the limits of responsibility in
What is the value of dreams?
How are we defined by

Animal Farm:  When can leadership go too far?
What makes a good leader?
How much power is too much?

Tuck Everlasting: Why wouldn’t you want to live forever?
How long would you like to live?

Macbeth: How do the things people tell us influence our future

Science 9: How far should we modify nature to suit our needs?

Social Studies 8: How do we order the distribution of wealth?
Who gets what?
Who controls what?
How do we decide who makes the decisions?
What happens to innovation in the Middle Ages?

Everyone helped each other create the best possibly question for their content area.

Pamela Hansen
Secondary LD/Literacy Consultant


About phansenvsb

I am passionate about teaching reading and writing to a diverse audience from those experiencing challenges in reading and writing to those who seek deep enrichment in literature and its connections to the world in which it was written and to the present day. I also present workshops on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, literature circles, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry.
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