Example tasks to challenge student thinking:

Big Ideas
What message might the author be telling us through the main character? Use evidence from the text and your own ideas to support your answer.

Point of View
The story is written from a young girl’s point of view. What might the author be saying about the treatment of women in the 1850s?
What impact did the Europeans have on the culture of aboriginal peoples? How do you know?

What would happen if . . .

Product Improvements
How might this product be improved, made more efficient, made more compact, more portable, be made of recyclable materials, etc.

Systems Improvements
How might the school behaviour code be improved with consideration of social media?

Social Improvements
How might we improve the way we make decisions as a class?
What different solutions might we come up with if we were from…if we were all girls…if we were poor…if we believed…