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Grant Wiggins

May 25, 2015
My reply to Willingham, Part 2

In part 1 of my reply to Willingham’s article on reading comprehension strategies published recently in the Washington Post, I …

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# Essential Question
1 Creative Writing: Who are these characters, really? How can I make them seem truly human?
2 Writing/Revising: Which feedback should I accept, for my revision? Which should I reject? Why?
3 Civics: Does my vote count? How much?
4 What should I do if they don't understand me? What should I do when I don't understand them?
5 How does language change in different situations? What important situations do I need to better understand?
6 What can I do to keep the conversation going?
7 What is worth fighting for? What is worth dying for?
8 What do literature circles look, sound, and feel like?
9 How does culture affect people?
10 How can I best clarify important similarities and differences between two things or ideas?
11 What happened in the text? What is it about? How do I know?
12 How can I better use precise language, literary elements, and literary devices to engage my audience?
13 How are the what, why, and how considerations unique to writing powerful poetry with a cause?
14 Do I have a future in a financial career?
15 Which is better the customary or metric system of measurement?
16 How does math affect my family, friends, and culture?
17 How "linear" is a relationship between two factors?
18 How can I organize this information so that it is useful? What's the best way for this situation?
19 What is a simpler but equivalent way to express this? Is it useful here?
20 Which tools could I use to solve this problem? Which are best here?
21 Which operation should I use? How do I know?
22 What is the pattern/relationship here? How can it be represented mathematically?
23 How can I represent this number? What happens if I break it apart (put these together)?
24 To what extent does the cutting an object in different places affect the way its cross section looks? Does it matter here?
25 Why is the understanding of decimal place value important when reporting scientific results and reading results from other researchers?