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Effective readers use appropriate strategies to construct meaning.

Essential Questions:

  • How do strategic readers create meaning from informational and literary text?
  • What is this text really about?
  • How do readers know what to believe?
  • How does what readers read influence how they should read it?
  • How does a reader's purpose influence how text should be read?

Critical thinkers actively and skillfully interpret, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information.

Essential Questions:

  • How do readers know what to believe in what they read, hear, and view?
  • How does interaction with text provoke thinking and response?


Active listeners make meaning from what they hear by questioning, reflecting, responding, and evaluating.

Essential Questions:

  • What do good listeners do?
  • How do active listeners make meaning?
  • How do active listeners know what to believe in what they hear?


Effective speakers prepare and communicate messages to address the audience and purpose.

Essential Questions:

  • How do task, purpose, and audience influence how speakers craft and deliver a message?
  • How do speakers employ language and utilize resources to effectively communicate a message?


Effective research requires the use of varied resources to gain or expand knowledge.

Essential Questions:

  • What does a reader look for and how can s/he find it?
  • How does a reader know a source can be trusted?
  • How does one organize and synthesize information from various sources?
  • How does one best present findings?


Audience and purpose influence a writer’s choice of organizational pattern, language, and literary techniques.

Essential Questions:

  • What makes clear and effective writing?
  • Why do writers write? What is the purpose?
  • Who is the audience? What will work best for the audience?


Responsible citizens use information ethically and productively in a global society.

Essential Questions:

  • How do responsible citizens use information ethically?
  • How do responsible citizens use information productively in a global society?