CRITICAL QUESTIONS video on questioning fermi questionsdefinition: a critical question is a question that has no definite answer. A critical question requires you to think and to make decisions. A critical question needs criteria. Criteria is information that helps you make a decision. (relevant, real life, consequencesexample 1: Soup or salad? Develop criteria!
  • what kind of soup?
  • salad dressing?
  • going for a run soon?
  • what entree?
  • price?
  • before the meal?
  • mood?
  • company?
  • size?
  • restaurant?

example 2:
  1. What credit card works best for me? (critical question)
  2. What do I need to know? (research)
  • interest rates
  • fees
  • penalties
  • how would I use it
  • security
  • kinds of cards
  • safe to buy on-line
  • how they work
  • credit rating
  • minimum payment
3. How will I decide? (criteria)
  • design
  • credit limit
  • cost/benefits
  • convenience
  • credibility
4. How will I communicate my learning?
  • video
  • slide show
  • power point
  • book
  • comic book
  • blog
  • video game
  • writing
  • music
  • skit
  • song
  • painting/drawing
  • interview
  • guest speaker
  • lecture
Example 3:
1. How can we solve the air polluiton problem we have in Saskatchewan?
2. Questions:
- what is air polluiton?
- what does air pollution do to the environment?
- what are the sources of pollution?
- how do sources cause pollution?
- how do we monitor air quality?
- what is the Air Quality Index for Sask?
- what is the Sask. Clean Air Act
3. Criteria:
Name: _
Project: ___

Choose critical question(s)
Poor critical question, not that interested
Adequate critical question, moderately interested
Great critical question, very interested
Identify what you need to know
Inadequate thought into what you need to know, not much written down
Adequate thought into what you need to know, written down
A lot of deep thought into what you need to know, written down in detail
Create criteria to answer critical question(s)
No criteria to decide answer
Some criteria to decide answer
Well thought out, thorough criteria
Answered critical question based on research and higher level thinking
Poorly, did not answer question
Adequately, answered question with some thinking
Thoroughly, answered question with higher level thinking
Communicate learning creatively and compellingly
Not creative and compelling
Some creativity
Creative and compelling
  1. question- May 13 (2 days)
  2. need to know- May 16 (1 days)
  3. research- May 27 (2 weeks)
  4. criteria- May 27
  5. writing- 5 paragraphs (1 week) June 3
  6. jots- June 3
  7. writing rubric
  8. multi-media (voice, no text) (2 weeks) June 17

Global perspective Local perspectives Sustainability Experimental

Social action Second language Career connections Mathematics
1. Pick the most important organs in the body and give reasons for your choices based on research. Include functions of the organs, incidence of disease, etc.
2. Pick three medical specialties (cardiologist, etc.) and determine which one would be the most interesting for you to study and become. Give reasons for and against.
3. Which one is more beneficial for the health of your brain, learning a language or playing a musical instrument?
4. What plan could you develop that would reduce your likelihood of developing cancer in your lifetime? Your plan can have only two strategies. Support your answer.
5. Make a plan for your household to be more environmentally responsible. What five things could you do and what would they cost to implement. Would they save you money?
6. What invention of the 20th century has had the greatest impact? Justify your answer.
7. Is it acceptable to clone human beings? Support your decision.
8. What human activity has the most impact on groundwater in your community? Support your position and propose a solution.
9. What will be our next primary source of energy (other than oil) ?
Social Studies
1. Which country of the world is the most unsafe place to live. Justify your answer with at least 5 reasons. (global)
2. Should you buy clothing made locally or in Canada as opposed to other countries? Justify your answer. (local, social action)
3. Should elementary school students in Canada be required to study at least one First Nations language from grade 1 to 8? Include the present laws about learning Canada’s two official languages in elementary school. (language)

4. Compare the political systems of 5 countries and determine which one has the best way to govern their country. (global)
5. Which country in the world lives the most environmentally responsibly? Compare 5 countries and rank them from best to worst for sustainable living. Make recommendations as to what Canada should do to improve. (sustainability)
6. Interview or research 5 immigration stories: personal accounts of an actual person from a different country coming to Canada. Make a poster or a movie that would encourage welcoming immigrants to Canada. (global, social action)
7. Research the population of Saskatchewan from 1000 to 2010. Include First Nations’s, Inuit, Metis, and immigrants. Make a recommendation as to how many people we should let immigrate into Saskatchewan per year and give five reasons for your number. Give 3 reasons we should limit immigration. (global, social action)
8. Interview people who speak another language other than English. Find out from them why it is important to them. What do you think are the most important three reasons to speak another language? (language, social action)
9. Compare the clothing worn by the European explorers to that of three first nations peoples at contact. What did their clothing say about their world view. Write a page as if you were a European seeing an “Indian” for the first time. Write a page as if you were an “Indian” seeing a European for the first time. (local)

10. Create six interview questions about the motives of specific Europeans in exploring and colonizing North America. Provide thoughtful answers to the interview questions based on research on the historical figures. (name the figures) (global, local)

11. Pick an explorer. You are the chief of a first nation’s tribe. Write a speech that you would give to your people and the explorer that predicts peace, prosperity, trust and cooperation. Write another speech warning your people of the possible dangers of the newcomers’ arrival. Write it in two languages. (Cree or French)(language)
12. Who made a bigger contribution to New France prior to 1663, the fur traders or the missionaries? (global, local)
13. Contact the Open door society and arrange to interview a staff member or volunteer to determine what they do to help immigrants. Design a poster or movie to give to them for immigrants to understand the importance of our first Nations, Inuit and Metis to Canada. (global, local, social action)
14. What sorts of jobs/careers were available to 17th and 18th century Canadians? Compare to the jobs/careers available to 21st century Canadians. Which one would you choose in the 17th or 18th century? Why? (careers)

15. Who were the five athletes that made the greatest contribution to racial equality in sports. Support your answer. (social action)16. Read and translate 5 articles from the editorials of different foreign newspapers. Analyse what each talks about. Detect differences between cultures from these articles.
17. What is Canada's official bilingualism policy and should it be changed to reflect modern demographics, immigration and the global economy?

a) need to know

i) what is Canada'a official bilingualism policy?
ii) what is demographics?
iii) what is the global economy?
iv) what is the history of the policy?
v) who lives in Canada?
vi) who is immigrating to Canada? (demographics)
vii) what is the world's business language?
viii) what are the world's linguistic demographics?

18. Which business would you donate money to on the web site KIVA.

1. Which credit card works best for me?
2. Decide how a wealthy person should spend $10 000 000 that they don’t need. It should be spent in a way that is the most beneficial to the most people. Justify your answer.

1. What plan could I use to prepare for a 10 km. run. You have 3 months to prepare.
2. You have to feed your family of four (2 kids, 2 adults) for a week and you have $200 to spend. Give a detailed list of what you would buy and justify your choices.
1. What career choice will have the most impact at making the world a better place? Our city? List the top five. Justify your answer.2. Compare three career choices that are possibilities for you and pick the one you would fit you the best. Match the career "needs" with your personal attributes (skills, interests and aptitudes).