During our study of Unit 1, our discussions were sporadic. There were times when my dc didn't know answers and said they hadn't read anything about "that". I assumed they were being negligent or not reading thoroughly because I believed that their readings would cover the questions and prepare them for discussion.
We just started Unit 2. As I was preparing for discussion of Week 11 and looking ahead to week 12, I took a look at the questions. There are some that don't have answers in the core or in-depth readings. It made me wonder if the times they couldn't come up with answers it was because they weren't in their readings.
What is a humanist?-they never came across the word humanist in their readings this week.
What do you believe the spiritual condition of Ferdinand, Isabella...to have been?-not enough about them to determine.
Why did Isabella institute the Inquisition?-never read anything about the Inquisition.
History usually portrays Isabella as pious.-Oh, really, not much about her in the readings.
Which persecutions were primarily of Ferdinand's instigation? I have no idea, because we didn't read much about him.
I realize most of these questions are thinking questions and thinking questions are not spelled out, but how are they to think deeply about them, when they haven't encountered anything about them in their reading?
For weeks 11 & 12, the core and in-depth readings are about artists and explorers, period. Are we to read the alternate readings also? My ds has his fill of reading now-he is a very slow reader. How did your students find the answers to these questions that were not necessarily about artists or explorers? Or, are we somehow missing it?
How many weeks are like that? Do you pre-read the questions and glance through their assigned reading to determine what questions will be answered in their reading and which ones will not?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,