Asking Questions About Books?

Posted by Big Universe on Jul 27, 2013 6:41:36 AM



Questioning is an important reading strategy for students ...

One of the best ways to teach that skill is by modeling it ...

I found this lesson idea for modeling questions about books on The Reading Lady:


Lesson: Sharing Your Own Questions About Books

    1. Choose a book for this lesson that is appropriate for your students, but that is also one that you had lots of questions about when you first read it. The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg is especially good for this, but many of his books are great for this lesson,
    2. Before reading the book aloud to students make a list of the questions you had after reading the book the first time. Just list these on a piece of paper for yourself at this point. For The Stranger my list might look like this. Who is the stranger? Is he a real person? Where did he come from at the beginning of the book and where did he go at the end? Why did so many mysterious things happen on the farm while the stranger was there? Why doesn't the stranger sweat? How did the thermometer the doctor used on the stranger get broken?
    3. Read the book aloud to the students without stopping. After you are finished reading tell the students that the first time you read the story there were things that you didn't understand and that you had lots of questions. Write down one of your key questions on a piece of chart paper. For The Stranger I would write, "Who is the stranger?" Tell the students that good readers ask questions in their heads as they are reading about things they do not understand or things they are unsure of. Record several more of your own questions. Ask students if they have questions to add.
    4. Go back and read the story again. If any of the questions asked become clearer to you or the students share the thinking (yours and ideas from students) about the questions as you read.
    5. After you have read the book a second time and discussed the questions perhaps you will have answered some of them. There will probably be some questions left unanswered. Make sure that students understand that this is okay. Good authors will always leave us with some unanswered questions and some things to think about.

What books can you find on Big Universe Learning that could be used for modeling questioning strategies?

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Topics: Differentiation, Literacy

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