2. Episodes and Key Questions
- Do coherent episodes frame the story structure? (setting, characters, daily rhythms/rules, incidents, and culmination)
- Do they provide a logical progression and narrative sequence that learners can understand and embrace?
- Do they keep the story moving and the learning rich?
- Are they are a natural part of the story?
- Are the key questions big and broad for a rich and wide array of student responses?
- Are the key questions used to determine what students know and what they need to know?
- Do they honor studentsʼ prior knowledge?
- Do they support students in constructing their own models first?
- Are the key questions motivating and meaningful?
- Do the key questions support the story, providing a narrative thread throughout?
- Do they allow students to effectively use their imaginations?
- Do they encourage students to speculate, hypothesize, reflect, and ask further questions, using their higher level thinking skills?
- Do they give students a sense of purpose?
- Do they reach to the key concepts that are being taught?
- Do the key questions fit the curriculum into the story in natural way?