Thunks

“Thunks” are simple questions designed to promote deep thinking. They can be good fun to use as a warm-up exercise at the start of any lesson, but are particularly useful for priming students to explore a certain topic. Click here to visit the visit a website which posts a new thunk every day (and submit your response if you wish – see the screengrab below), or here to see a Thunks PowerPoint posted on the TES Resources website.

thunks

Other examples of Thunks:
What colour is Tuesday?
Is it more important to be honest or to be nice?
If you paint over a window, is it still a window?
If I composed a piece of music, but it was never played, is it still a piece music?

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An essay planning tool worth taking a look at

Are your pupils struggling to produce essays with clear arguments supported by suitable evidence? It might be worth getting them to try using the “Essay Map” website.  No sign up required. Check out this link.
Essay Map