7 Questions Every Student Should Ask

 

By
Anna Starecheski

Cohenworks

Here at Scope, one of our favorite things about nonfiction is how it can open doors to further learning for students. A window into the writing and research process for nonfiction can be just as engaging as the topic of a nonfiction story itself. And thinking about an author's research process and the quality of his or her sources can also help deconstruct what quality nonfiction looks like.

The following activity provides a wonderful way to prepare students for doing research projects of their own.

Skills:
critical literacy, critical thinking, close reading

 

To give students a deeper grasp of the research process, have them consider these simple questions after reading any nonfiction Scope text (like this one):

 

  1. How do you think the author got the information presented in the article?
  2. Can you find quotes from experts in the article? If so, mark them.
  3. Are those experts reliable? What might their biases be?
  4. What are three facts the author gives you?
  5. Do you think the author's information is reliable? Why or why not?
  6. Do any of the images show primary sources?
  7. How would you have researched this story?

 

You can also download and print the activity sheet below.

 

 

Have questions to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below!

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