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Creating Open-ended questions

Creating Open-ended questions

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Author: Rachel Harmon
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Students will understand how to brainstorm and generate good research questions as part of Step 1 of research.

  1. Work with your table mates on a Think Pair Share handout.
  2. Watch the Google Doc video and answer the handout questions.
  3. Open a new Google Doc where you create five open-ended questions. 
  4. Share the document with your table mates and comment on at least three of their questions.
  5. Highlight your best question when you are finished making edits from others' suggestions.
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Tutorial

VIDEOS

Use the videos below to complete your open-ended question assignments. They include:

1. Open-Ended Questions Tutorial

2. How to Share and Comment in Google Docs

3. How to use Make Beliefs Comix

4. How to use Audacity to record a song

5. How to use Read and Write for Google

Open-Ended Questions Tutorial

Watch the video to learn how to create your own open-ended questions.

How to share and comment in Google Docs

This video explains how to share and comment on information in Google Documents.

How to use Make Belief Comix

Use this video tutorial on Make Beliefs Comix to answer the Make Beliefs Comix questions and guide you in using that tool to create your open-ended country research questions.

Source: Technology for Teachers and Students. "MakeBeliefsComix Tutorial." Online Video Clip. YouTube. YouTube, 23 December 2010. Web. 16 April 2015.

How to use Audacity to record a song

Use this video tutorial on Audacity to learn how to record a song that includes all of your open-ended questions about your assigned country. Answer the Audacity handout questions as you watch the video.

Source: Ward, Mitch. "Audacity - Lesson 1, The Basics." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 26 April 2011. Web. 16 April 2015.

How to use Read and Write for Google

Use this video to understand how to use Read and Write for Google to have text read to you in Google apps as well as webpages.

Source: Stevens, Kari. "Read & Write Extension for Google - How to use." Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 13 April 2014. Web. 15 April 2015.

HANDOUTS

Use the following handouts in class as directed:

1. Open-Ended Questions Lesson Checklist

2. Purple Group Leveled Graphic Organizer

3. Blue Group Leveled Graphic Organizer

4. Yellow Group Leveled Graphic Organizer

5. Circle Map Thinking Map Handout

6. Google Docs Video Sophia.org Handout

7. Make Beliefs Comix Handout

8. Audacity Handout

9. Student Comments Handout

10. Assignment Rubric

Open-Ended Questions Lesson Checklist

Use this checklist to keep track of your work, reflect on your progress, and have comments provided by your teacher. Checklists will be graded periodically throughout the assignment process.

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Purple Group Leveled Graphic Organizer

Work together with your group to answer the Before the video question. Watch the Open-Ended Questions video and then answer the After the video question. Be prepared to explain your answers.

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Blue Group Leveled Graphic Organizer

Work with your group to fill out the Before the video section. Next watch the Open-Ended Questions video and then answer the After the video section. Be prepared to explain your answers.

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Yellow Group Leveled Graphic Organizer

Work with your group to fill out the Before the video section. Watch the Open-Ended Question video and then fill out the After the video section. Be prepared to explain your answers.

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Circle Map Thinking Map Handout

Use the interactive pdf Handout to brainstorm ideas for open-ended questions that you would like answered related to your country.

Purple Group: Write the name of your assigned country in the center circle. In the outer circle, write 3-5 topics that you want to know about your country. Underneath the circle, explain what an open-ended question should have.

Blue Group: Write the name of your assigned country in the center circle. In the outer circle, write 5-7 topics that you want to know about your country. Beside each of them, write whether it should be a why or a how question. Circle the question word.

Yellow Group: Write the name of your assigned country in the center circle. In the outer circle, write 5-7 topics that you want to know about your country. Underneath the circle, explain how you can ensure that each question can have more detailed information, making it a better research question.

Source: Circle Diagram. Holt, Reinheart, and Winston, n.d. PDF.

Google Docs Video Sophia.org Handout

After viewing the Google Docs video, answer the questions on the sheet before starting the assignment.

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Make Beliefs Comix Handout

As you watch the Make Beliefs Comix Video, answer the questions on the handout to make sure that you understand how to use the program in order to create a comic strip that includes all open-ended questions needed for the assignment.

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Audacity Handout

Watch the Audacity video tutorial to learn how to use this recording program to record your song. While you watch, answer the handout questions so that you know how to use the program to include a song with your required open-ended questions about your country.

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Student Comments Handout

For those students creating comics or a song, use the attached handout as a tool to collect comments from other students on your project. Be sure to comment on at least three other student projects as well.

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Assignment Rubric

Expectations for the assignment are detailed in the rubric. Exemplar assignments will get 9 points. Compare your work, use of your product tool, and collaboration efforts with the expectations on the rubric to make sure that you complete all tasks appropriately.

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LINKS

Use the links provided to discover the resources available to ensure that your open-ended questions can be answered appropriately and to ensure that your question is open-ended.

1. World Book Online Kids Edition Resource

2. CultureGrams Resource

3. Examples of Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions

Use the tool links provided to access and complete your assignment.

1. Google Drive

2. Make Beliefs Comix

3. Audacity

 

World Book Online Kids Edition Resource

Use this resource to see if your question can easily be answered.

Source: World Book Online. ProQuest LLC, n.d. Web. 8 April 2015.

CultureGrams Resource

Use this resource to see if your question can easily be answered.

Source: CultureGrams Online Database. ProQuest LLC, n.d. Web. 8 April 2015.

Examples of Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions

Use the examples on this page to make sure that your questions are open-ended.

Source: "Examples of Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 4 April 2015. .

Google Drive

Sign in to start a Google Doc and create your open-ended questions.

Make Beliefs Comix

Use the comic strip creator to show your open-ended questions in story form.

Source: Make Beliefs Comix. Guarionex Press Ltd., 2015. Web. 16 April 2015.

Audacity

To use Audacity to record your song that includes your open-ended questions, click on the Audacity icon on your desktop.