#### Transcript Costas levels

```July 23rd, 2009
Daily Goal: IWBAT identify a higher level question.
Homework: Costa’s Level Review.
Which of the questions below do you think are
the most appropriate for tutorials?
 What is the definition of an equation?
 Analyze why President Wilson would decide
to join World War 1?
 What if the colonists did not decide to fight
for their independence from England, how
qould the U.S. be different?
Focus on Inquiry
Pick any 2 items out of your backpack, or
binder, or pockets and put it in the paper
envelop (if you don’t have anything, come
grab something from me).
 Now pass the envelope around and each
person take out 1 item.
 Do not tell which item is yours!
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Focus on Inquiry: Questioning
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1. Describe the item in your hand.
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2. Why would someone bring this item
with them today?
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3. If all the items on the table belonged
to one person, where would you say
they were going and why?
Costa’s 3-Story House
Level 1 Questions
Level 1 questions require you to do basic
things, like define or describe things and
events.
 There is only one answer to these
questions and the information can be
found by opening up a book.
 Level 1 questions have “in the book”
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Level 1 Example
this picture
1. What animal is in the
picture?
2. What is a frog?
Level 2 Questions
Level 2 questions require you to Analyze the
information you are given.
 This is where you compare and contrast,
make inferences (assumptions) and analyze
basic level 1 info and combine it with other
 Key words: Analyze, Compare, Contrast,
group, Infer, Sequence, and Synthesize.
 Level 2 questions have “book+you” answers.
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Level 2 example
What does this picture tell
ability?
Why would a frog be hanging
from a tree branch like in this
picture?
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Level 3: the highest level
Here you apply and evaluate the information,
which means you take the information and
decide what’s right and wrong about it and
what would happen if you changed something
 Questions include key words like apply,
evaluate, hypothesize, judge, predict,
speculate.
 You are also asking “what if” questions.
 Level 3 questions have “it’s in you” answers.
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Level 3 example
Predict what would happen
next if a hawk flew by this
frog.
 What other fact could you
use to prove that this frog is
 Rewrite the story of the frog
that got stuck in the tree.
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Flashback:
 Now
pull a new item out of the bag
and write a level 1,2, and 3 question
Let’s Do It!!!
Step 1: Pull out Cornell Notes you have taken
recently in your priority subject, the book, and any
recent tests.
Step 2: 3 options:
are confused or still have questions about.
b) Look over the latest test and look for problems
you got wrong.
c) Look at the current chapter you are covering
and look for confusing topics that have been talked
Tips for Algebra Question:
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1) Always include an example problem YOU
DO NOT HAVE THE ANSWER TO. This makes
it a level two application problem.
Example: Don’t say how do we use the
distributive problem? With no sample problem.
2) Always include specific instructions for the
problem you are solving:
Ex: Solve for x: 2x +3=5, instead of just writing
the problem.
3) Evaluate in Algebra usually means a level 2
question, not 3.
Tips for History/English
1) Choose to compare and contrast of
topics to make an easy level 2 question.
 2) Level 3 questions must be related to
current subjects you cannot just make up
something you want to know about
history.
 3) Plan on using a graphic organizer to
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Best Higher Level
Question!!!
July 28th, 2009
Daily Goal: IWBAT change a lower level question into a
higher level question
Homework: Write 2 higher level questions for tutorials.
Dispatch:
 Look at the picture and the questions that
follow and identify which level of question
each one is: 1. Are those the best colors to
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use for a picture about an
ocean, why or why not?
2. Who gave Susan the art set?
3. Compare this art set to the
one we use in class.
Let’s Practice
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story, one for each level:
A farmer owned a mule which he used for work all
week. But being a Church-going man, he let the mule
rest on Sunday.
One Sunday, the farmer had to go to a funeral. So he
sent his son to saddle the mule.
 "Since when do I have to work on Sunday?" asked the
mule.
 The boy dropped the saddle and ran to the house.
 "Paw, the mule talked!" he shouted.
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Step it up Cinderella
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With your partner, take turns turning lower
level questions about the Cinderella story
into higher level, good for tutorial
questions.
Let’s take a look at real life:
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Pick a sentence starter out of the Level 1
column from your sentence starter packet
and let’s try to make it into a Level 2 or 3.
Get Creative
Pick any two items in the room.
 Now on your own piece of paper, write
down the item’s name and then create