Goal Setting

High on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Venice, Italy, there lived an old man who was a genius.  Legend had it he could answer any question anyone might ask of him. Two of the local boys figured they could fool the old man, so they caught a small bird and
headed for his residence.  

One of the boys held the little bird in his hands and asked the old man if the bird was dead or alive. Without hesitation the old man said, " Son, if I say to you that the bird is alive, you will close your hands and crush him to death. If I say the bird is dead, you will open your hands and he will fly away. You see, son, in your hands you hold the power of life and death."

Step 1: Question Focus: “Goal Setting”

Step 2: Produce Questions

Rules for producing questions:

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question exactly as stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

Step 3: Improve the Questions.

  1. Identify open and closed-ended questions.
  2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed question to open-ended.

Example:  Closed to open

Closed: What was the goal of the two boys?

Open:  What goals were evident in the story?

Enriched Vocabulary Links (For Worksheet)

legend                   residence                  hesitation

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