In this lesson snapshot, a high school ESL 4 class delves into factory farming, sustainability, and the food industry through Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma. They use the QFT twice throughout the unit; once as a pre-reading exercise and later to unpack two juxtaposed primary sources images of farming then and now, armed with knowledge from the book.
Teaching + Learning
The QFocus is often the most challenging part of designing a QFT lesson. It is also an essential piece to get right. Though it gets much easier with practice, there is always a bit of delicacy and iteration involved.
As a librarian, it’s in my wheelhouse to spend time searching for ‘what’s out there.’ The Library of Congress is right there at the top of my go-to sites for anything historical, and especially for finding primary sources to use with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT).
Reflection is the last step of the Question Formulation Technique, and it's an important one. Here, members of the Right Question Institute's team (Katy, Sarah, and Imaan) discuss some important things they've learned from students through those reflections.
Here are 3 key resources for implementing the QFT in a special education setting.
The QFT in Special Education: A Collection of Classroom Examples