SOS: The Question Is…

SOSWelcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

The Question Is…
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Informative assessment isn’t an end in itself, but the beginning of better instruction.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson

Formative assessment can help teachers better understand what students have learned as they progress through a unit of study. As a result, it’s important to find creative, effective, and efficient ways to incorporate ongoing formative assessment. This strategy provides data that can used to guide instruction and intervention.


  • Write an answer to a pre-determined question on the board.
  • Using their notes and resources used to study the selected topic, ask students to write questions to match the answer on post it notes.
  • Have students stick their questions to the board, surrounding the answer.
  • As follow up, have students find evidence to support their questions and answers.

Potential Applications

  • Use this SOS Strategy to
  • review a person, place or thing
  • look at a character or setting of a book
  • practice number sense (write a number as the answer & have students write equations to equal that number.)
  • Summarize the “big idea” of a daily lesson topic

Special Thanks

  • This strategy is courtesy of DEN STAR Debra Leeson from Fulton County Schools, GA.

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  1. Wendy norton said:

    I did this today with my 7th graders, I wrote “periodic table”. We got a lot of great post its- valance-noble gases- families- groups etc. it gives a great snapshot of learning.

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