Reflection: Relevance What Do You Want to Know?? Picking a Topic for an Informational Report - Section 2: Thick or Thin??


Sometimes there is such a thing as too much freedom.  When you open the whole world up to students, they get overwhelmed.  It is counter intuitive- if I give students complete freedom to choose then it should be easy, right??  Wrong!!  Giving my students the whole world to choose from, caused them to feel insecure and lost.  There were many questions, "What should I write?"  "Can I do this?"  "Is this OK?"

I had to keep saying over and over, "This is your Top Ten List.  You decide," and "Whatever you want."  Telling them to write whatever they wanted didn't help.  What they wanted was more direction and more time.  I think next time I do this, I will still use the Top Ten theme, but I will front load the students with more information and use some probing questions instead of springing this on them.


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What Do You Want to Know?? Picking a Topic for an Informational Report

Unit 20: What Do You Want to Know???? Writing an Informational Report
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT explain the difference between a thick question and a thin question in preparation for writing a report on a topic of their choice.

Big Idea: The ability to find, locate and communicate information about a topic is an essential life skill.

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