Brainstorm Workshop: Responding to Friendly Questions

Questions are not meant to challenge arguments, but to enhance them. High schoolers use peers' questions about their one-page research proposals to guide further research and to generate ideas for the next draft of writing.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Model the discussion with a volunteer from the class, asking the questions on the list about his or her summary
  • Have learners share their summaries with peers online before the group meeting to save time and allow editors to come up with questions beforehand
Classroom Considerations

  • Unit is based on Kate L. Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers, which is a required text
  • The second of 19 lessons in the research unit
  • Ensure that groups can provide cooperative feedback to each other
Pros

  • Provides reference pages for learners, including an activity in which they pretend to be in an elevator with their teacher and must summarize their paper in just a few sentences 
  • Includes good examples of constructive questions that help peers hone their main ideas without feeling defensive
Cons

  • None