Questions on a text – the other way round

Instead of confronting students with pre-fabricated questions on a text, why not have them create their own set of questions before reading a text?

As an example I’ll use an article and a video from The Guardian’s website that cover the fascinating Mars One project, in which they search for volunteers to establish a human colony on Mars.

Preparation: Show the beginning of the video (until ’29). Then hand out the text and give your students the following tasks.

1. What would you want to know about the project if you were an applicant? Note down all of your your questions.

2. Now read the text and try to get answers for your questions

As homework students can do research on the questions for which they couldn’t find answers in the text.

Additionally, you could give your students the URL to this poll and discuss its results at the end of the lesson:


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