More often than not, the question a student first poses is either too broad or not provocative enough to drive a full inquiry process. Guiding students to create narrower and deeper questions helps them get more out of their research experience. Read Debbie Abilock's article on researchable inquiry questions and then complete the Reflect & Practice activity.
In "How Do I Teach Students to Write a Researchable Inquiry Question?" Debbie Abilock describes the process of moving from an "information retrieval question" to an "essential question." Take a look at the examples highlighted in the above form and explain what makes them different. Then develop some additional examples to share with your students.