Inquiring Minds: using headlines to practice embedded questions
Click here to listen to my introduction to the activity Inquiring Minds.
A while ago I suggested a writing activity to practice embedded questions. Questionable Qualities focuses on identifying sentence structure (embedded questions as subjects, objects, and complements) and limits self-expression to sentence generations based on fictitious characters. The activity allows for communicative practice, but remains somewhat controlled.
If students demonstrate comfort with “Questionable Questions”, I’d like to suggest a speaking activity using authentic headlines. See my Inquiring Minds_handout. Tabliods would suit this activity well, but you may choose the sources based on your knowledge of the students’ interests. Include current issues that they would likely be hearing about outside the classroom.
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