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What's the Big Idea? Question-Driven Units to Motivate Reading, Writing, and Thinking

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ISBN-10: 0325021570

ISBN-13: 9780325021577

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jim Burke

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List price: $37.35
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.20" long x 0.42" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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Why Do Questions Matter in Curriculum?
An Introduction
An Intellectual Rite of Passage
Engaging Students with Essential Questions
Spirited Inquiry
Creating Questions to Access a Challenging Text
Natural Curiosity
Using Questions to Explore Relationships
Meaningful Conversations
Essential Questions as a Way into Required Texts
Using Essential Questions to Design Your Own Units
Some Final Thoughts
Of Mice and Men Chapter-by-Chapter Reading Notes and Questions
The Academic Essentials Planning Grid
The Big Questions
Designing a Standards-Based Curriculum
Unit Planning Sheet
Works Cited
Study Guide