All Cluster students are required to participate in the Battle of the Books. In addition, Cluster students should use the discussion tab at the top of this page to discuss the books. Students should post in-depth questions and answer other students' questions with details from the text.
Check out the information below from Mrs.Koopman's class wiki.

True Power Lies in the Questions We Ask


In Text Questions In the text questions are called literal questions. What happened? Who did it? Where did it happen? When? You can find the answer to these questions on a single page. These are not the questions for a discussion. Unless you are confused. If you don't know who, what, when, where...then by all means, ASK. Your classmates will help you figure it out.

Inference Questions Questions that make you think, now those are the questions worth really discussing. Some of these questions can still be found in the text, but part of the answer will be found in one place, and another part will be found on a totally different page. Or the answer might not be in the book at all, but because you know things outside the story, you can put the answer together. That is called inferring. Inference questions make you think about things like how the author created a certain mood.

Evaluative Questions Evaluative questions also make you think. They often ask why, but they are worth answering and worth thinking about. These are not ridiculous why questions, but questions that help you understand why the author make the character behave in certain ways, how two things compare, or what is really important.

Ask questions worth asking. Include connections in your discussions to help support your answers. Think about what is most important. Do these things repeatedly, and you will become a deep thinker.


Question Samples & Stems

Click the link above to see a list of questions that might help jump-start your discussion. Feel free to add to the question list so that we all might have better ideas for our discussions in the future!