How to Write a Good Rank & Reason Question

The best Rank & Reason questions are open to interpretation and do not typically have a “right” answer. Avoid questions that require students to order events chronologically or rank items by objective value (e.g., weight or size). Instead, ask questions based on subjective value, using terms like “most influential” or “least impact”.

“What was the most influential event leading up to the emancipation proclamation?”
“Which character from the story would you most likely be friends with?”
“Who is the best basketball player of all time?”
“Which items would you most want to have in a survival kit on a deserted island?”


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