# Depth and Complexity

Videos and tasks related to the Depth and Complexity Framework.

Sub-topics:

### Depth and Complexity: ποΈ Big Idea

Let's get students thinking big and focusing on more abstract ideas.

### Depth and Complexity: π» Details

Get kids focusing on the small, but essential, details of a topic.

### Depth and Complexity: βοΈ Ethics

Want to add drama to any topic? Use the Ethic prompt!

### Student Introductions With Depth and Frames

Want to introduce the tools of Depth and Complexity and learn more about your students and introduce the Frame graphic organizer? Have I got the activity for you!

### Upgrade Research Questions With Depth and Complexity

Ever ask students to create research questions? Were their ideas a bitβ¦ blah? My own students had a very hard time writing questions they didn't already know the answer to! This video is how I solved that problem: upgrade research questions with depth and complexity.

### Analyze Character Change with Depth and Complexity

Your students will use Depth and Complexity to note how a character's main trait changes across a story.

### Student Introductions with Complexity and Frames

Students will introduce themselves by showing how they've changed over time.

### Depth and Complexity: π Language of the Discipline

Imagine a construction worker who doesn't know the name of a screwdriver or a doctor who can't remember what to call your neck. It's pretty hard to communicate well without knowing the π Language of the Discipline!

### Generalization: Change Leads to More Change

Can you think of a time in your life when "Change lead to more change?"

### Depth and Complexity: β Unanswered Questions

This underutilized tool focuses students on what we donβt yet know and even what we canβt know.

### Depth and Complexity: π¦ Rules

Is there a consequence for not doing something? You may have found a rule!

### Depth and Complexity: π Multiple Perspectives

In this video, we introduce the π Multiple Perspectives prompt of Depth and Complexity.

### Depth and Complexity: π Trends

Has something been changing recently? What might be causing that? What are the effects?

### Depth and Complexity: Patterns

Can your students spot anything that repeats? Or that has stopped repeating?

### Depth and Complexity: β³ Change Over Time

Want to get students thinking about how a topic has changed or might change in the future? The β³ Change Over Time thinking tool is just what you need!

### Depth and Complexity: π Across Disciplines

No topic is an island! With the π Across Disciplines prompt, students note connections within and across multiple fields.

### Generalization: Problems Lead to New Rules, Which Lead to New Problems

Students explore this generation about how problems lead to new rules, and new rules lead to new problems.

### Generalization: Systems Are Made up of Other Systems

Students will explore how systems are often made up of smaller systems (and are usually a part of a larger system, too).

### Generalization: Unseen power, visible effects.

Can you think of times when power is unseen, but we can clearlyΒ see its effects?

### Introducing Universal Theme of Change

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Change? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

### Think Like An Historian

Here's how effects be causes and causes can be effects!

### Making A Change with Depth and Complexity

Take your students further up Bloom's Taxonomy by asking them to make a change using one of the prompts of depth and complexity and then consider what the effects of that change would be.

### Think Like A Philosopher

What would Socrates have thought if he watched Frozen?

### Contrasting with Depth and Complexity

Once your students can identify the rules, language, or big ideas of a topic, we've got to move them up Bloom's Taxonomy! Let's start by contrasting with a related topic.

How can one idea pull in opposite directions, being both true and false or right and wrong at the same time? It's time to explore Paradoxes!

### Introducing Universal Theme of Conflict

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Conflict? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

### Introducing Universal Theme of Systems

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Systems? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

### Content Imperatives: Origin

Take students back to the beginning by using the Content Imperative βΊοΈ Origin.

### Introducing Universal Theme of Power

So what could you do with a Universal Theme of Power? Well, here's an introduction that will get your students' brains sweating.

### Content Imperatives: Parallel

Get students thinking broadly by exploring similarities across multiple topics. Combine with Depth and Complexity for bonus points!

### Generalization: Order Can Be Natural or Constructed

Students explore this generation about how order can be both natural and created by humans.

### Content Imperatives: Convergence

Add complexity by considering how multiple factors π Converge within one topic.

### Content Imperatives: Contribuition

Ask students to consider how a specific factor is affecting (or β¬ Contributing) to a topic.

### Think Like An Economist

How would an economist read Goldilocks? How would they see a rainforest? How would they study the American Revolution?

### Think Like An Author: Hemingway vs Dickens

What if your students rewrote Dickens in the style of Hemingway and vice versa?