In this final post, I'll now turn to some instructional strategies to support ELLs at the middle school level as they work with an element of one of the CCSS writing anchor stan dards.
Would that particular audience be interested in the question you are developing? The novels they read inform their crafting of a research question through the connections they make with the text. Is your research question focused? When in doubt, make a research question as narrow and focused as possible.
Research questions help writers focus their research by providing a path through the research and writing process. The prison system: shall it be reformed?
They should, instead, require both research and analysis on the part of the writer. The question you ask should be developed for the discipline you are studying. In my second postI focused on how ELLs' culture might impact their writing and shared some examples from Arabic-speaking students.
The types and forms of poetry: how does poetry evolve? Karen defines "just right" questions to her class by making the analogy to trials in the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears.