Put your idea in the Comments section below, so we can see all the ideas for the class.
Also, Post your best BPQ here in the Comments as well, along with your essay topic.
I think Big Picture Questions (like the ones I'm modeling below, and the ones I'm asking you to think of on your own in response to the readings) are often a great gateway into a good argument or analysis or problem/solution essay.
Here's a few of mine to 'prime the pump'! (an idiom that means to get things started)
•Mike's example Big Picture questions:
•Why do Americans constantly evoke the Founding Fathers, and for what purposes?
•Who is your favorite American historical figure and what public documents or history do we most associate with him or her?
•Why is the colonial war against Britain still relevant today? What values do we take from that fight?
•What kinds of journalism are most important, and is true investigative journalism dying? Why?
*Is it legal for the President to start wars without approval of Congress? What do the public documents say?
*Why do so many people put off or refuse to make a living will or medical directive?
|Brainstorming and sharing topics is a great way to see if the path we are on is correct, and it helps us help each other as well, as we do research, tweak our focus, and find sources.|