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iEngage Civics Institute: Plan

Ask Questions

Before you start searching, ask yourselves these questions:

  • What information do we need to know?
  • What information do we think our audience needs to know?


  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • *How
  • *Why

*The "How" and "Why" questions are usually the most interesting ones to ask and answer.

Activity (About 10 minutes):

  • With a partner or in your groups, ask at least five questions about your topic. Write them down on your worksheet.

For example, if my topic was about banned books, I might ask:

  • Who wants to ban books?
  • What does it mean when a book is banned?
  • When did books start getting banned?
  • Where are books getting banned?
  • How many books are being banned?
  • Why are books getting banned?