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What are some specific ways you can guide your students to articulate their ideas and develop higher-level questions about a social studies topic?In the classroom it is important to incorporate questioning strategies. Students need to be encouraged to express their thoughts and how they reach some of their conclusions, as well as listen to the same thoughts of others. My experiences have taught me that open ended questions can thoroughly promote group discussion. A question as simple as “why do you think that” can open the mind and force students to explore and examine their own thought process. Social studies covers historical events and asking why students think something happened will help to engage them in the lesson; not only will they be looking for why it happened, they will also be looking to see if their idea was right. Studies show that debates help students to articulate their ideas and develop higher-level questions.