Ask the Right Questions

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Posted on February 9, 2017

The Ask the Right Questions lesson is mapped to the Research as Inquiry and Searching as Strategic Exploration Frames and helps students learn how to determine the scope of their investigations by creating an appropriate research question. This lesson introduces the first step in a research process and criteria used to refine a topic into an appropriate research question. To accomplish this, the lesson will:

  • Define a research question and the difference between a topic and a research question
  • Introduce the 5W criteria for refining an investigation
  • Discuss how questions are too broad, too narrow, or just right within a given context/investigation

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