The classes were divided into groups. Each group was given a topic about an aspect of ancient Rome, such as mythology, architecture, daily life, or military. Using their topics as a focus, students individually generated questions about their topic.
|A student group creating questions about architecture in ancient Rome.|
|Students working individually to create questions pertaining to their topic.|
|A student group discusses eliminating questions.|
|A student group eliminating research questions.|
To narrow the focus, groups were directed to select 6-8 questions to guide their research. Some of the questions initially generated through their research were combined, which yielded "meatier" questions for research. Once the group decided the questions they would like to answer, the questions were transferred to a list.
|A group organizes and selects questions for research.|
|Final list for a Roman Architecture group.|
|Final list for a Roman Mythology group.|
|Students transfer questions to their graphic organizer.|
|Symbaloo website matrix for research.|
|A student using books and websites for research.|
|Using online databases for research.|
|Totally absorbed in Rome research!|
During the 2014-2015 school year, we experienced success with using questioning as a technique to springboard inquiry and research projects. For the 2015-2016 year, we are looking forward to replicating these efforts in other subjects and grade levels.