Year 7 Geography Resources
Question Formulation Technique
Produce Your Questions
Four essential rules for producing your own questions:
• Ask as many questions as you can.
• Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.
• Write down every question exactly as it is stated.
• Change any statement into a question.
Improve Your Questions
• Categorize the questions as closed- or open-ended.
• Name the advantages and disadvantages of each type of question.
• Change questions from one type to another.
Prioritize the Questions
• Choose your three most important questions.
• Why did you choose these three as the most important?
• How are you going to use your questions?
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Which events could have happened...?
How was this similar to...?
What was the underlying theme of...?
What do you see as other possible outcomes?
Why did ... changes occur?
Can you compare your ... with that presented in...?
Can you explain what must have happened when...?
How is ... similar to ...?
What are some of the problems of...?
Can you distinguish between...?
What were some of the motives behind...?
What was the problem with...?
Is there a better solution to...
Judge the value of...
Can you defend your position about...?
Do you think ... is a good or a bad thing?
How would you have handled...?
What changes to ... would you recommend?
Do you believe?
Are you a ... person?
How would you feel if...?
How effective are...?
What do you think about...?
What Do You Know?
Let's find out how much you know about your new topic and how you research.
Outstanding Natural and Man-Made Features in the World
What do you know about outstanding natural and man-made features in the world?
Go to the following sites and add to the class list.
What Makes a Site Worthy of World Heritage?
With a partner, research some of world heritage sites, using the search engines listed below.
Collect information about the sites using scoopit (a Web 2.0 tool that allows you to collect or curate all your research online).
When you collect your sites, consider the following questions:
- What features make them worthy of being world heritage?
- Why are they so important?
- What other questions could you ask? Write these in your OneNote folder.
Save your searches using scoop.it . You will need to join up for a free account using your school email.
What is Scoop.it?
Scoop.it is a new and free tool for online curation: clipping, aggregation and sharing web content easily.
With your partner, decide on ONE natural and ONE man-made heritage site.
Scoop what you can on each one using scoop-it.
Then, using your OneNote folder, read the websites you have saved and make brief notes on this question:
What makes my chosen sites worthy of heritage status?
You should keep in mind the following questions when you are looking at your web sites.
Types of Questions to Ask at Historical Sites
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There are many questions you could ask about your historical site. Read the following questions and decide if you could use some of them in your own research:
1. When did this site become a historic site? (When was the marker or monument put up? or the house "interpreted"?) How did that time differ from ours? from the time of the event or person commemorated?
2. Who sponsored it? Representing which participant group's point of view? What was their position in social structure when the event occurred? When the site went "up?"
3. Why? What were their ideological needs and social purposes when the site went "up?" What were their values?
4. Who was/is the intended audience for the site? What values were they trying to leave for us, today? What does the site ask us to go and do?
5. Did they have government support? At what level? Who was ruling the government at the time? What ideological arguments were used to get the government to acquiesce?
6. Who is left out? What points of view go largely unheard? How would the story differ if a different group had told it? another political party? race? sex? class? religious group?
7. Are there problematic words or symbols that would not have been used today, or by other groups?
8. How is the site used today? Do continuing rituals connect today's public to it? Or is it ignored? Why?
9. Is the presentation accurate? What actually happened? What historical sources tell of the event, people, or period commemorated at the site?
10. How does this site fit with others that treat its era? What other people and events happened then but are not commemorated on the landscape? Why not?
Making Your TV Show
Watch the following video to see how easy it is to use iMovie on an iPad: