Making Great Questions

Listed below is a compilation of common social studies stems. This does not include every possible stem, but hopefully will serve as a guide for classifying questions.

Knowing

·         What was a result of…?

·         Which situation was the immediate cause of…?

·         Which… is the best differentiation between… and…? (foils are definitions)

Organizing

·         When comparing…, what statement can be made about…?

·         Which heading (phrase) best completes the partial outline below?

·         What caused… to…?

·         Which event was most inconsistent with…?

·         Which best explains the difference between…?

·         In general, what is the difference between…?

·         Which describes…? is the best description of…?

·         What does this statement demonstrate about…?

·         Which best describes the similarities between…?

·         Which belief is shared by… and…?

·         What is one way in which… and… are similar?

·         The issue of… was settled by which…?

·         In what order do the above elements… take place during…?

Applying

·         What key activity does this illustration depict?

·         What event is portrayed in the illustration above?

·         In what document can… be found?

·         Who said, “…”?

·         Using the map above, what direction would one go in order to travel from…to…?

·         Using the map above, where would you go to find…?

·         The illustration above appeared in response to which…?

·         Above is an editorial cartoon from… that was intended to illustrate which…?

·         Which is a primary source of information about…?

·         According to the statements above, which constitutional amendments are under discussion?

·         Using the map above, what was the largest city in…?

·         Which word describes/refers to…?

·         Which word is a synonym for…?

·         How can the information in this chart be applied to… today?

·         What evidence is there that…?

·         How do… apply to…?

·         What does the problem of… show?

·         According to the graph above, what does this evidence indicate?

Applying (continued)

·         Which term means…?

·         In what way has… impacted…?

·         Using the map above, which city is located closest to… ° …?

·         Which is the cause of…?

·         What was one reason for the development of…?

·         Which speaker refers to…?

·         …is an example of…?

·         The main disagreement between… revolved around…?

·         Which generalization is best supported by…?

·         In…, what is the main political goal of…?

·         (a), (b), and (c) are examples of what?

·         (a), (b), and (c) came primarily from…?

·         Which … completes this statement…?

·         Which statement reflects the philosophy of…?

·         With which … are… most closely associated?

Analyzing

·         Which factor had the largest impact on…?

·         What was a main cause of…?

·         The most significant feature was…?

·         Which… was responsible for… as shown in the map above?

·         Why was… significant?

·         In the selection, what did… mean?

·         What was one impact of…?

·         Which generalization concerning… is most clearly supported by the information provided by the graph?

·         In the quote above, why does the author state that…?

·         This is a political cartoon of…. What does the artist want to express?

·         The picture above is an example of…. These… were intended to do…?

·         Why was this poster used during…?

·         Why did…? Why was…?

·         How has… affected…?

·         How did… change the way in which…?

·         What is the function of…?

·         Which advantages did… have over…?

·         What challenges do… face in…? (foils list attributes)

·         Which best explains the challenges… faced in…?

·         What are the components of…?

·         During…, which term was created?

·         Which idea during… validated…?

·         Which is an accurate analysis of…?

·         What would be a good title for the timeline above?

·         Which event was a cause of the other three events?

·         What is the reason for…? …major reason…? …primary reason…?

·         What was the main idea of this cartoon?

·         …was largely the result of…?

·         Which concept is illustrated in this diagram?

·         Which statement would most likely be spoken by… and not by…?

·         According to the map above, which generalization about… is most accurate?

·         In…, which aspect of society has been most heavily influenced by…?

·         Which values are most closely associated with…?

·         Which political idea would the author of this statement most likely support?

·         Which Supreme Court case is correctly matched with the issue it addressed?

Analyzing (continued)

·         In this poem, the poet is expressing an opinion about…?

·         Which patterns exist in…?

·         Which… characterized…?

·         What was the main purpose of…?

·         What was one effect of…?

·         The… in the cartoon above represents…?

·         Which best depicts the effect of… and its impact on…?

·         Which best explains the effects… has had on…?

·         What was a major result of…?

·         …has been characterized by…?

·         Which is the main reason why…?

·         Which theory explains why…?

·         According to the selection above, what was the biggest difference between…?

·         Which speaker describes most clearly the political situation that actually occurred after…?

·         Which conditions are most characteristic of…?

·         Why did… make this statement?

·         …changed political thinking because it supported the idea of what?

·         What does… symbolize?

·         Which concept is illustrated in these statements?

·         Which philosophy had the greatest influence on…?

·         What was the purpose of…?

Generating

·         What is the following statement describing for…?

·         What might… in the illustration above represent?

·         What can be inferred from this statement?

·         Which statement explains the importance of…?

·         Which inference motivated… to…?

·         Which … best explains the reason why…?

·         (a), (b), and (c) are major world problems that indicate a need for…?

·         (a), (b), and (c) are methods most often used by whom?

·         Why was… a major contribution to the development of…?

·         These rules reflect what policy?

·         The economic success of… will most likely lead to which…?

·         What would be an expected result of…?

·         What would result if…?

·         Which is the best prediction of what would happen if…?

·         What would the most likely reason be for…?

·         Which statement about the civilizations… can best be inferred by the information on the map above?

·         In the cartoon above, there are…. What idea might this represent?

·         This cartoon implies…?

Integrating

·         The passing of (a), (b), and (c) did which..?

·         This cartoon, which reflects the period from… to…, suggests which…?

·         What challenges have many… faced in recent years?

·         Which… is the best generalization about the information in the chart on forms of…?

·         Which statement best generalizes…? …describes…?

·         …might not have been so eager to do which… if…?

·         Which of these best summarizes why…?

·         Which was an immediate result of…?

·         What are two ways that… affected…?

Integrating (continued)

·         The geography of… has generally led to which…?

·         (a), (b), and (c) were all significant to their societies because they established what?

·         (a), (b), and (c) share a belief in which…?

·         (a), (b), and (c). These most closely reflect which idea?

·         In…, the primary goal of… has been to do what?

·         During…, what was the most notable action taken by…?

·         Which two speakers disagree most with each other about…?

·         Supreme Court decisions in (a), (b), and (c) established which important legal precedent?

·         The partial outline below concerns…. Which entry would be most appropriate for line I.?

·         What is the author of this statement advocating?

·         Which characteristic of… is part of…?

·         What was the main obstacle to solve the problem shown in the cartoon?

·         What is a valid conclusion that can be drawn from this quotation?

·         What relationship exists between… and…?

·         The history of… and the policy of… both illustrate a belief in which…?

·         Which conclusion is supported by the information provided on the map?

·         Using the map above, what conclusion can be made concerning…?

·         What general statement can be made about…?

·         Which… might have occurred if… had…?

·         What conclusion can be drawn from the statement…?

Evaluating

·         Which best describes…?

·         Which statement best describes…? best explains why…? best expresses the main idea of…?

·         Which statement is correct about…?

·         Which statement is true concerning…?

·         This quotation presents a justification for which…?

·         Data from this graph support the conclusion that… did which…?

·         How did… justify… to bring about change?

·         Which is the best interpretation of the information in the chart above?

·         What was the significance of…?

·         Which statement about… is an opinion?

·         Which is a valid conclusion about… in…?

·         Which statement about the effects of… is most logical?

·         This quotation best expresses the major goal of which…?

·         Which statement concerning… is most accurate?

·         This selection describes the decision… to do which…?

·         This map best illustrates which concept?

·         Which conclusion can best be drawn from these statements?

·         Which event is directly responsible for the inclusion of this statement about…?

·         Which best completes the statement…?

·         Which statement is true regarding… in the circular flow model?

·         Which speaker best represent the attitudes of…?

·         Which statement provides the best evidence that…?

·         This poem presents a justification for which…?

Stem terms to know:

Differentiation,  foils, depict,  portrayed,  generalization,  philosophy,components, validated, analysis, precedent, advocating,  inference/infer

Justification, significance,  inclusion,  effects,  obstacle,  valid, criticism,