Getting Started on Inquiry

Get started toward the “right” question:

  • Produce Your Own Questions
  • Improve Your Questions
  • Prioritize Your Questions

Produce your questions

Four essential rules for producing your own questions:

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Do not stop to discuss, judge or answer the questions.
  3. Write down every question exactly as it is stated.
  4. Change any statement into a question.

Improve your questions

Categorize the questions as closed- or open-ended:

  • Closed-ended questions: They can be answered with yes or no or with one word.
  • Open-ended questions: They require an explanation and cannot be answered with yes or no or with one word.

Find closed-ended questions. Mark them with a c.

The other questions must be open-ended. Mark them with an o.

Name the value of each type of question:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of asking closed-ended questions.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of asking open-ended questions. Change questions from one type to another:
  • Change closed-ended questions to open-ended.
  • Change open-ended questions to closed-ended.

Prioritize your questions

Choose your three most important questions:




Why did you choose these three as the most important?

Next Steps

How are you going to use your questions?



Research Success: A Guide for Secondary Students. Toronto District School Board. 2010. (Available in the school library and in the staff collaboration network folder.)

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