Question Starters


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Recall:

Who is ...?
How did ...?
How many ...?
Where did ...?
What did ...?
What is ...?
When did ...?
Which is ...?
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Cause/Effect:

What caused ... ?
What are the effects of ...?
Why did ... ?
Why do you think ... ?
What would have happened if ... ?
How did ... effect ... ?
(Some statement) Why?
If ... , then ... .
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Idea to Example:

What are some examples of ...
Find some examples of ...
Give an example of ...
What kinds of ... ?
Name some ...
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Example to Idea:

What kind of person was ...?
What is the main idea of ...?
... is an example of ... .
What word best describes ...?
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Similarities:

How are ... and ... alike?
How was ... the same as (like) ... ?
What is the same about ... and ...?
Compare ... and ...
... and ... are alike in what ways?
... is to ... as ... is to ...
Who is similar to ... ?
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Differences:

What are the differences between ... and ...?
How is ... different from ... ?
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Evaluation:

Do you think it was (good, bad, right, wrong) for ...?
What was the most important ...?
How would you rate ...?
Would it be better if ...?
If you had your choice, would you choose ... or ...?
Should ... ?
Do you agree with ... ? Why?
Would you rather ... ?
Do you like ... ?
What are the strengths/weakness of ... ?
What are the affordances/constraints of ... ?
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Metacognition:

How did I/you figure out ... ?
Why did I/you struggle with ... ?
How will I/you use this ... ?
How will I/you remember this ... ?
What don't I understand?
What else does this connect to?
What patterns did I/uou experience/see?
What did I/you learn about learning?
More Reflection Prompts
To Classify
How could ... be used to ... ? (Cause/effect? Speculation?)
What would happen if ... ? (Cause/effect? Speculation?)

Where did these come from? Seems most of the idea came from Frank Lyman (The Think-Trix: A Classroom Tool for Thinking in Response to Reading), some from Maryland's State Department of Education, and some from somewhere else. I originally got these from a teacher in Montgomery County Schools or from Johns Hopkins.