To my surprise, there were a few students who struggled with this. There were several more that left it blank because they couldn't "find" the answer. One student in particular really blew my mind and opened my eyes to different types of intelligences. This student was a straight "A" student last year. The conversation went something like this:
student-"I don't get the question"The next day, I sat down with her to "grade out" as we call it. She had left the question blank. I told her that I expect every question to be answered. I tried to explain that there won't always be a clear answer this year, that she will need to be creative. She seemed to accept it, but I could tell it bothered her. This is a fantastic student, clearly very smart, but befuddled when a clear answer is not presented in the text. I think this situation is a symptom of traditional education. For too long we have told students there is only 1 answer. This has created students that are mechanically intelligent, but lack creativity when given more open ended questions. The world demands creative thinkers, and this student is not being served by an education that tells her there in only 1 answer to every question.
me-"Based on what you can see, what SHOULD the title be?"
student-"I don't know because you cut it off"
me-"I know, I want you to use what you do know and create a new title that is appropriate."
student-(frustrated)"How can I get the right title if I can't see it?"
me-"I don't want you to guess the original title, I want you to be creative and write a totally new title that explains what is going on in the graph"
student-(looking away from her computer, sitting in silence, visibly frustrated now)
me-"Don't worry, there are lots of right answers"
student-(no response, bell rings and she leaves)