Sample Prompts

Here are some Thinking Prompts you might want to use in combination with the rich media links. Click on a prompt heading on the list below-right. When you find one that suits, simply highlight and copy it. Then paste the prompt into your preferred blog posting along with an embedded video, image, cartoon or …?

The 5 W’s & H

As a class or group answer the questions as insightfully as you can.

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?


Write a headline that captures the most important point of this movie.

Cluster what You See

  1. Draw or use clustering software

  2. What’s the main idea or feeling? Put it in the center.

  3. Work as a class to brainstorm as much as you can about the movie.

  4. Group or connect any of the items into larger sets.


  1. What do you see?

  2. What do you think about that?

  3. What does it make you wonder?

Seeing Themes

  1. What is the main issue or feeling behind the video?

  2. Search for that theme in Tag Galaxy

  3. What images presented in the ball match those from your main theme?

  4. What are stereotypes related to the theme?


  1. Make a claim about the topic

  2. Identify support for your claim

  3. Ask a question related to your claim

What’s so great about…

  1. Why do you think people say this is so great?

  2. List what makes it “outstanding?”

  3. What would you do differently?

Find What’s Funny

  1. Why specific things make this “funny?”

  2. What is being made fun of?

  3. How would make it “funnier?”

KWL: Know – Want to Know – Learned

  1. What do you already know about this?

  2. What more would you want to learn?

  3. What is something new you learned by looking closely?

Pro – Con – Neutral

  1. Why would people be in favor of this?

  2. Why would people be against it?

  3. What would be a neutral position?

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