Classroom conversations often begin with questions, but too often the questions are posed by the teacher, the textbook, and the test-maker.  When we teach students to analyze not only the content but the questions in our classrooms, and when we teach them strategies for asking and exploring their own questions, students are more likely to engage in critical thinking and to take ownership of their learning.

Standards: Though the ability to analyze and ask questions is an essential critical thinking skill, it is addressed indirectly in the Common Core state standards. Depending on the content and the nature of the task, the questioning strategies included here have the potential to address most of the standards for Reading Literature and Informational Text as well as some of the standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. 

H-Q-Q Charts
Question Sets
Levels  of Questions
Bloom's Question Starters
Question Formulation Technique (QFT)