One of the most difficult parts of designing an inquiry-based or problem-based lesson is creating a good, driving essential question. The essential question is the question that drives inquiry. It creates that overarching idea that connects content and process.
A good essential question is universal and open-ended. The same essential question can be applied to many different subject areas and topics. These characteristics make essential questions incredibly difficult to design.
Now, all you need to do is to use a “tubric” in writing your own essential questions:
To access a PDF of a tubric pattern, click here.
Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center and he’d like to give a hat tip to our own Cathie Loesing for digging up the “tubric.”