Costa`s Level of Inquiry

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A Learners Guide
 Inquiry
is an important part of any
classroom. Inquiry-based learning
focuses on the student as learner,
developing skillful, open-ended
questioning skills. Being able to
recognize different levels of questions is
beneficial for all students, whether it is in
math, humanities, science, or any other
 Dr. Art
Costa developed the three levels
of questions used in inquiry in the
 Truly understanding the three levels of
questions explained in the following
slides is critical for student success. It
will make you a better student, not only at
GMS but in high school and when you
are enrolled in college.
 Level
One Questions are “Text
 This
means that you can point to one
correct answer right in the text. These
questions are basic comprehension
questions and require little if any real
 Words
found in these
questions include:
 define
 observe
 describe
 name
 identify
 recite
 note
 list
 Questions
are often
written using the
 Who
 What
 Where
 When
 Who
is the protagonist in The Hunger
Games? (Humanities)
 What was the first battle of the American
Revolution? (Humanities)
 Define tangent. (Math)
 List the steps in photosynthesis. (Science)
 What are the primary and secondary
colors on the color wheel? (Art)
 Where is stage left and stage right?
 Level Two
 This
Questions are “Text
means that readers infer answers
from what the text implicitly states,
finding answers in several places in the
 Another way to say this is that you make a
judgment or conclusion using evidence
from what you have read.
 Words
found in these
questions include:
 analyze
 group
 synthesize
 compare/contrast
 infer
 sequence
 Questions
are often
written using the
 words:
 How
 Why
 Compare
and contrast Percy and Annabeth
in Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.
 Analyze the causes of the American
Revolution. (Humanities)
 Compare the square root of 49 to the square
root of 64. Which is greater? (Math)
 Diagram and order the life stages of a
milkweed bug. (Science)
 Why did the Roman Empire eventually fall?
 Level Three
Questions are
“Experience Based.”
 This
means that readers must think
beyond what the text states.
 Answers to the questions are based on
your prior knowledge and experiences
and will not be the same as other
student’s answers.
 Words
found in these
questions include:
 evaluate
 judge
 apply
 speculate
 imagine
 predict
 hypothesize
 Questions
are often
written using the
 words:
 Could
 Should
 Would
 Predict
how Katniss Everdeen will change if
she survives. (Humanities)
 Could you survive as a 13 year old male in
Sparta.? How would you be successful?
 Apply the Pythagorean theorem to the find
the measurement of this triangle. (Math)
 Diagram the stages of photosynthesis and
predict how long each takes. (Science)
 Evaluate the use of light in Monet’s Giverny
series of paintings. (Art)
 Level
1 (the lowest level) requires you
to gather information.
 Level 2 (the middle level) requires you
to process the information.
 Level 3 (the highest level) requires you
to apply the information.
There are one-story intellects,
two-story intellects,
and three-story intellects with skylights.
All fact collectors who have
no aim beyond their facts
are one-story people.
Two-story people compare, reason,
generalize, using the labor of
fact collectors as their own.
Three-story people idealize,
imagine, predict—their best illumination
comes through the skylight.
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