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Essential Question Rubric
An essential question should be about the problem to be solved and the information needed to solve the problem.
I have thoroughly identified an essential question.
I have substantially identified an essential question.
I have partially identified a an essential question.
I have difficulty identifying an essential question.
Degree: This rubric measures the degree of your understanding of the essential question.
Example of an essential question: Was Queen Victoria a successful ruler?
Characteristics of an essential question
Essential questions are:
1. Open-ended with no right or wrong answer, cannot be answered with a list of facts but requires research. Answers to essential questions cannot be found. They must be invented." (St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 8012 Oak Street, New Orleans, La 70118)
2. Thought-provoking or controversial requiring finding different points of view,
3. May start with: Which one? How? Should? Why?
4. Cast old ideas in a new light, lead to discovery, engender deeper interest in the subject, and are provocative.
5. Involve higher-order thinking skills such as analyze, evaluate, create l
Evaluating your essential question
Exceeds standard: Thoroughly identifies a research question means that your question fits the 5 characteristics of an essential question.
Meets standard: Substantially identifies a research question means that your question fits 3/5 characteristics of an essential question.
Approaches standard: Partially identifies a research question means that your question fits 2/5 characteristics of an essential question.
Below Standard: Demonstrates difficulty in identifying a research question means that your question does not fit the characteristics of an essential question. Your question is a topical question that can be answered with facts.