Good discussion questions are not
answered by "yes" or "no." Instead they lead to
higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis, comparison, evaluation)
about the work and the issues it raises.
Good discussion questions call for
more than simply recalling facts or guessing what the teacher already
wants to know, but are open-ended, leading to a variety of
responses. Good questions recognize that readers will have different
perspectives and interpretations and such questions attempt to engage
readers in dialogue with each other.
- Good discussion questions depend on a careful reading
of the text. They often cite particular scenes or passages and ask people
to look at them closely and draw connections between these passages
and the rest of the work.
Good discussion questions are simply
and clearly stated. They do not need to be repeated or reworded
to be understood.
Good discusssion questions are useful
to the students. Good questions can help to clarify passages or issues
students may find difficult. They help students understand cultural
differences that influence their reading. They invite personal responses
Good discussion questions make
(and challenge) connections between the text at issue and other
works, and the themes and issues of the course.