HIGH level challenges have an emphasis on more complexity and abstract thinking. Useful verbs for developing activities include recommend, critique, evaluate, compare, subdivide, point out, construct, hypothesise, theorise, design, combine, invent
1. One of the article writers has asked you to rewrite his/her article to make it more user friendly for students of your age. How will you go about it? Present the article in a way that helps your classmates to understand the content.
2. What can we learn about ourselves by understanding about… ( topic). Relate the topic to an example from your own life.
3. Open your dictionary to a random page. Pick a random word off that page (it needs to be a noun) and the use it to explain …
How is a … (topic) like a … (your selected word)?
If you can’t think of an answer then ask your teacher for another random word. You can only have two words to choose from… the one in the dictionary or the one from your teacher. Your challenge is to make one of them work!
4. Most articles/ books/ websites support a particular position. Attack that position and find an article/ nook/ website that gives another valid point of view. Use a graphic organiser to contrast viewpoints.
5. Use what you have found out to generate possible innovative solutions to a problem/issue from your topic. Ask yourself…’what would a really good job that reflects my best effort look like?’ Use your answer to determine your success criteria then select your best solution and implement it.
Design a visual organiser of categories such as
‘Good questions about…’
‘Recommended websites about…’
‘Good books about…’
‘(name) knows a lot about…’
This can be added to by each person in the group to show learning progress over time, and/or can be kept by each member of the group to show individual progress, or displayed on the wall to show work from all of the groups. Take your pick!