The Big Picture: Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions Characteristics of an Enduring Understanding Involve the big ideas that give meaning and importance to facts Can transfer to other topics, fields, and life Are usually not obvious or concrete Justify the use of teaching a skill Are deliberately framed as generalizations Examples of Enduring Understandings Authors write with different purposes in mind. Readers develop a deeper understanding through reflection of text. Describe the structures that humans have to serve different functions in growth and survival. Developing number sense and number relationship. Your Turn... Turn to a partner and describe the common elements of an enduring understanding. Essential Questions Essential questions help drive instruction. What are the Common Elements? Have no simple, right answer Raise other important questions, often cross subject boundaries Often address philosophical or conceptual foundations of a discipline Connect to students’ lives and interests Examples of Essential Questions How does reading influence us? In what ways is the past about me? Where do words or phrases come from? What makes me healthy? How do we show a part of something? Your Turn... Turnto a partner and describe the common elements of an essential question.
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