Step 2: Teach Lesson
Teacher will ask the student what they have been discussing with siblings, friends, or other family members together.
○ For example, baseball, a popular singer, etc…
Ask the student to briefly describe what it is like when they discuss something with their friends. Post a copy of the “Critical Thinking:
Levels of Questioning” worksheet for the student to see. Explain that in everyday discussions, you ask questions based on a variety
of levels of critical thinking.
○ For example: What is the name of the Giant’s pitcher (Level 1)? Are the Giant’s going to win the World Series
again (Level 3)? What are some obstacles they may have (Level 2/3)? What is your opinion (Level 3)?
Explain that we are going to generate and answer questions to generate one-on-one discussions about a topic. The teacher will
select a text. The text should be about an event in Science or History. The student can read the text aloud.
Have the “Critical Thinking: Levels of Questioning” worksheet posted for reference. Explain to the student that when we discuss
something, there are various levels of discussion, and that the discussion begins with questions.
Explain that in Level 1 questions, you simply need to identify an answer.
○ For example: How many hours does it take for the earth to make a full rotation?
Showing the chart, explain that in level 2 questions, you need to explain and analyze facts. For example: Why does Earth rotate at a
different speed than Jupiter?
Explain that in Level 3 questions, you can evaluate facts or make opinions based on facts: Do you believe it would be better to live on
a planet that spins at a different speed?