Asking Good Questions - 3

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Definition: The purpose of asking a good question while having a conversation is to gather information or solve a problem.

Discussion Points

  • What is the difference between a good question and a bad question?
  • What is the purpose of asking questions?
  • How can asking questions enhance a conversation?

Discuss with students what it means to ask a good question and why it is important. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

SEL Categories Activity:

    Ask students to create a list of words associated with asking questions (2-5 minutes)

  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Others must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue process until all words or thoughts have been listed.


  • Have students work independently/small groups/pairs to develop a list of different emotions.
  • Have students share emotions on their list.
  • As a group, brainstorm reasons a person may feel that specific emotion.

Activity 1: Why Ask Questions?

Discuss with students why it is important to ask good questions. Record the answers.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: Situations

As a class, develop a list of circumstances when it is important to ask good questions.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Demonstrate the ability to ask a good question.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    Think about a time you should have asked questions in a situation and didn’t. What was the result of the situation? How could the result have changed if you had asked questions?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. What could happen if there are questions someone has regarding a conversation and chooses not to ask those questions?

    2. What are some of the reasons that you would ask a question?