Generalizations Introduction

Generalizations are one sentence, abstract statements that naturally connect topics across content areas. In the language of the Depth and Complexity Framework, we’d call them “Big Ideas.” Their purpose is to provide a simple way to take students across disciplines and encourage abstract thinking.

Proving Generalizations

Once you’ve introduced a generalization to your students, you can ask them to prove or disprove them with evidence from one content area or across many different subjects. This can turn into a presentation, essay, or any other product you’d like. This video explains more:

Specific Generalizations

For videos on specific generalizations, see these big idea videos.