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How to Write Effective Questions with Costa’s Levels of Thinking

Are you trying to come up with some effective questions? Or are you trying to find the answer to a tough question? Whether you are writing a question or answering one, this video is for you.

In this video, I cover how to use Costa’s Level of Thinking to write effective questions. Costa’s Levels of Thinking has three levels and cover each one in detail and provide some great and easy to understand examples.

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Whether you are a teacher trying to help ALL your students navigate the writing process, a parent struggling at home to help their child with distance learning or a student that just got a massive essay in class, this channel is for you! I walk you through the entire writing process from start to finish. In this channel, you will find research-based, classroom-tested, student approved literacy skills for equitable education!

My hope is that these videos will help you as you write in school and at home. I am a classroom teacher myself, so I know how hard teaching writing is. I use all these videos in my own classroom to support and differentiate the learning for ALL my students. I have found these videos extremely helpful for ALL students especially English Language Learners. I also provide free classroom materials to help you teach writing to ALL your kids.

  • 0:00 Introduction to Costa’s Levels of Thinking
  • 0:33 Background Information on Costa’s Levels of Thinking
  • 0:57 How to Write a Level 1 Question
  • 1:21 Level 1 Question Example
  • 1:52 How to Write a Level 2 Question
  • 2:16 Level 2 Question Example
  • 2:33 How to Write a Level 3 Question
  • 2:56 Level 3 Question Example
  • 3:19 Question Sentence Starters
Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.