Question Everything...Reading Strategy Asking Questions
Lesson 8 of 15
Objective: SWBAT ask questions to clarify their reading and to help with their understanding of various texts.
To open I want students to remind themselves of what a question looks like. I ask them how do we create them and I ask why. They discuss this and I let them talk and I listen. I then asked students to share with me how they know what sentence is a question and which ones are not. A student brings up that the sentence will start with "Why." This gets the class going and is exactly the direction I wanted the to head in. I then write the "W" words, and word How, onto the white board.
Before we begin forming questions, I ask the class if asking questions can help me understand what I read better. This gets me some mixed answers. One student says, "yes because you would not be teaching about questions if it was a no." Smart Kid. I explain that I am going to show them how asking questions can help me understand what I read. I write 5 large W's down the board and a H at the bottom. It would look like this:
The next step requires the class to help me create good questions to ask.
To help them learn good questioning I am going to do this with a picture book read aloud. I pass out sticky notes to the class, I ask them to each take two and mark them with a Q.
I am going to read aloud and model how I could form a question to help me understand what I read. The question I form will be aligned with what I am reading. I model how it can be a question that I will try to answer as I read through the book.
The book I chose was, Bambino and Mr. Twain by P.I. Maltbie. It is a historical fiction book and it is easy to form good questions. It is also a good book to use for inferencing. When I read aloud, I model a few other strategies we have learned. This shows they can use more than one while reading. Inferencing is the other one I model.
Once we have tried creating a couple together, I write them on the board next to one of the W's.
Practice with Sticky Notes:
It is now their turn to try creating questions. They are using the biography on Columbus to practice with. Each student has two sticky notes, they will write a question on one and choose to either visualize, predict, summarize, or form another question on the other.
We begin reading and I will let them know after only a few paragraphs to try forming a question. While students work on their questions I walk around and help when needed or checking in on progress. I am not going to read every questions right now, I am focusing on those students who usually need my help more.
We then read some more and I ask them to choose the format for their second sticky note. They will write on it to end our lesson for today.