Humanities and social sciences / Year 4 / Inquiry and skills / Questioning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI073)

Elaborations
  • asking questions before, during and after an investigation using tools such as a KWL chart (what they know, what they want to know and what they have learned) and five W’s + H (who, what, when, where, how and why)
  • developing ‘How do we know?’ questions for evidence, ‘What could be done?’ questions about alternatives, and ‘Is that right or fair?’ questions about decisions past and present
  • generating a range of questions (for example, evaluation questions, reflecting questions) about contemporary issues reported in the media
  • discussing how an investigation about the past (for example, a shipwreck explored through a museum display, video or interactive website) is guided by questions at different stages, including ‘Why is that important now?’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Research questions,  Human settlements,  Geographic location,  Citizenship

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