Reflection: Levels of Questioning - Section 2: Applying Costa's Levels of Questioning


I have used several Children's Literature books in the past to introduce complex ideas to high school students. It is important to select the right one. I really like this one because on the surface, it is a clever, fun story about cows that type. However, it does lend itself to a more sophisticated interpretation, which calls for students to practice Common Core Standards. It is a story about power relationships, resistance movements, and grassroots organizing. Students enjoy it at every level. This particular group was no different. Also, it helps to work with a text 100% of students understand while they learn Costa's Levels of Questioning. Any misunderstanding comes from their learning what qualifies as a level 1 question, or level 2 and 3 in the next lesson, and not from gaps in reading comprehension. This helps me directly address confusion about the concept I am teaching and clarify for further understanding. 

  Children's Literature Can be Very Effective in a High School Classroom
  Children's Literature Can be Very Effective in a High School Classroom
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Levels of Questioning

Unit 12: Introduction to Routines, Skills and Techniques
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT gain knowledge of Costa's Levels of Questioning through a lecture and by getting an opportunity to immediately apply it.

Big Idea: Asking questions at different levels coincides with thinking at different levels.

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English / Language Arts, paragraph (Composition Basics), revision (Writing Process), questioning strategy, discussions, social criticism, questioning technique
  42 minutes
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