I think it would be useful to clarify some things about the Framework regarding Essential Questions and Threshold Concepts (TCs). As I've been finishing up some revisions on an article I'm writing, I took another look at the Framework and found the following (screen cap):

The part I want to pull out is: "These conceptual understandings are informed by the work of Wiggins and McTighe, which focuses on essential concepts and questions in developing curricula and focuses on threshold...

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