Hubbard School Library E-News

December 19, 2014

HS & MS Media Center News

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High School Media Center News

Amy Neral, Coordinator of Teen and Virtual Services at the Hubbard Public Library, visited the High School Media Center this week. Students had the opportunity to talk with Amy about the services HPL provides, sign up for a library card, or reactivate an existing library card.
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Critical thinking requires a special set of questions that have the ability to activate higher order thinking skills and therefore enable students to evaluate, synthesize, apply, analyze and interpret information. These questions are usually open in nature and tend to foster divergent thinking. Prince George’s County provides a very good explanation of each of these kinds of questions with examples of each category. Here is what they wrote about them :

1- Application Questions:These questions ask students to apply essential knowledge to new settings and contexts. For example:
  • How could you apply these grammar and usage principles to your essay?
  • How could you demonstrate the use of this concept?
  • How would you illustrate this process in action?
  • What can we generalize from these facts?
2-Analytical Questions:These questions ask students to dissect key information and analyze essential concepts themes, and processes. For example:
  • How are these characters alike and different?
  • What is an analogy that might represent this situation?
  • How would you classify these literary works?
  • What are the major elements that comprise this sequence of events?
  • What are the major causes of this situation?
3- Synthesis Questions:These questions require students to formulate a holistic summary of key ideas, make inferences, or create new scenarios. For example:
  • What would you hypothesize about these unusual events?
  • What do you infer from her statements?
  • Based upon these facts, what predictions would you make?
  • How do you imagine the space ship would look?
  • What do you estimate will be the costs for the project?
  • How might you invent a solution to this ecological problem?
4- Interpretive Questions:These are open-ended questions that require students to formulate opinions in response to ideas presented in a print or non-print (e.g., art work, audio-visual) medium. Students must support their opinions with direct textual evidence. For example:
  • What does Frost mean when he says: "I have miles to go before I sleep?"
  • Why does the photographer emphasize only his subject's eyes?
5- Evaluative Questions:These questions require students to formulate and justify judgments and criticisms based upon clearly-articulated evaluative criteria. For example:
  • Why did you decide to choose that course of action?
  • How would you rank these choices?
  • How might you defend that character's actions?
  • How would you verify that conclusion?
  • What is your critique of that work of art?

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Amy E. Slade, MLIS