“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” ~Albert Einstein
It's important to develop an essential research question that truly interests you!
Source: "What Makes a Question Essential?" ASCD. ASCD, 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
Your supporting questions guide you as you work so you will read and take notes only on what is needed for your project.
Example 1: Topic = Steroids
Issue = Steroids and Professional Athletes
Essential Question = Should steroids be banned from professional sports?
Example 2: Topic = Skateboarding
Issue = Skateboarding and Helmets
Essential Question = Should skateboarders be required by law to wear