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Our EQ Exchange is a database of user-generated essential questions.

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Thoughts on Education

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 …

Further Study - Links to Other Essential Question Pages

English — Language Arts

SpringBoard® from The College Board presents curriculum maps with Essential Questions for English/Language Arts for Middle and High School Levels (Grades 6-12). The sets of EQs include reading and writing processes as well as some literary themes.
AERO Standards for International Schools include a set of Understandings and Essential Questions - Reading (pp. 20, 21, 60), Writing (pp. 71-72), Listening and Speaking (pp. 80-81), and Language Foundations (pp. 85-86).
Click on link "K-12 Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions" to access a pdf file of program level EQs.
EQs for 5th grade.
EQs for 11th grade.


History/ Social Studies



This website poses essential Questions to spark pro-con debates by essay writers.
Notosh — Ideas for guiding students to create their own essential questions as part of “design thinking”
Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions

State Resources

Delaware - Click on the various subject areas and grade levels to see model units based on UbD.
New Jersey - Click link to download a pdf file containing a collection of overarching (program level) understandings and essential questions.
Pennsylvania - Select a content area (e.g., SAS Applied to Mathematics), a grade range (e.g., 6 – 8) or a Grade/Course (e.g., Pre-Algebra) to view Big Ideas (understandings) and Essential Questions.

Regional Service Agency

Oakland ISD, Michigan – A collection of curriculum units linked to the Common Core Standards include UbD elements (EQs, performance tasks).

School Districts

Grand Island, NE has developed K-12 Curriculum maps based on overarching Understandings and Essential Questions, then course level curriculum maps for various subject areas. From the HOME PAGE, click on "Learning", then "Curricular Areas" then, "Course/grade level maps", "enduring understandings", "essential questions" and "philosophy and beliefs."
Montgomery County, MD - Using UbD to frame district curriculum. Click on Subject Areas and Grade Levels to access "curriculum blueprints" (aka curriculum maps) in Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Most blueprints contain Understandings and Essential Questions.
Nanuet Union School District, NY – Using UbD to map the district curriculum using Atlas Rubicon mapping software. Click on "Browse" to search UbD units.