Essential questions that guided our learning were: - Why do good readers make predictions? - How do I make a prediction? - What do I think this story is about? - What do I think is going to happen next? - Did my prediction match what happened in the story? - What do I do if my prediction does not match the story?
It is important to refer to this outline while creating your units and lessons as well. You need to know what your expectations are and why they are there. You need to have your essential questions to guide the students' understandings. Good essential questions are continually asked through the strand, provide direction and focus, serve as criteria for determining student understanding, and are provocative and multilayered.
Four Essential Questions that Integrate Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: 1. What do we want all students to learn? 2. How will we know when our students have mastered the essential learning? 3. How will we respond when learning did not take place? 4. How will we respond when learning did not take place?