Construct a Open Ended question
Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Write three, open-ended, substantive questions related to one broad topic, such as conversation, dialectics, music, friendship, love, justice, education, ethics, culture, myth, nature, sustainability, politics, identity, poetry, science, literature, film, or something similarly broad and important. Your questions ought not to presume any particular knowledge or expertise. These questions are not tests of memory; rather, they ought to invite and encourage serious reflection. It is best to begin with a statement to establish the context of the question. This might be quite specific. For example, you might begin by referencing a documentary or other text; the question that arises, however, ought not to require familiarity with the question’s specific context. Your questions ought to move from the specific reference to a general inquiry to which anyone in the class could respond even if they are unfamiliar with their original context. Each of the three questions ought to invite a four-point response. A four-point response might invite two alternative answers with brief justifications or a single response with three points of justification.