Utilizing essential questions was a game changer in terms of our teaching style! Once we started implementing them, they gave our students focus and purpose and encouraged them to showcase analysis and evaluation of complex ideas – talk about a win-win.
- weigh evidence
- analyze different perspectives
- create thoughtful connections
- spark debate
Essential questions are SO essential (really though!) to creating novel units that this should be the VERY first thing you do before planning any other part of a unit. Seriously.
Follow these three easy steps to utilize our Essential Questions Graphic Organizer (click here to access for free) to begin creating and implementing your own essential questions.
Look at the novel and ask yourself the following questions. Jot down ideas to begin creating broad, open-ended questions for students to discuss.
- What are some of the themes of the story?
- What lessons do I want my students to take away from the reading of this book?