Lesson: Asking Questions Before Reading II

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to ask questions about the text, list what they know about the topic before they start reading and state why this is important.

Lesson Plan

Objective:  Students will be able to ask questions about the text, list what they know about the topic before they start reading and state why this is important.

Lesson Plan: 


Do Now (5-7 minutes):  How has asking questions helped us to understand "Chew On This" better??  What questions have been answered since you have starting reading?   

Opening (5 minutes):

Non-fiction can be a very daunting genre to read.  There is so much information that can be contained between the pages of any non-fiction book, no matter how think or thin it may be.  As we have just been reading “Chew On This," we have been asking and answering questions and learning alot.

Because of this constant questioning, we are learning so much.  However, I still have questions about the book and know I can learn alot more. 

Direct Instruction (I DO):

Hand out the KWL Chart (see attached file) to the class. Give a mini-review on what it is and how to use it.  We have been working with it throughout the book, so no need to beat a dead horse.

K –   Ask yourself:  “WHAT DO I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT ___________?”

W –   “WHAT DO I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TOPIC?”  These are going to be your questions you have.


I'm still wondering about different alternatives to fast food, and what it does to my body if I eat too much of it.  Those are what I want to focus my KWL Chart on Today

K -First thing I want to do is ask myself:  WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT THE Fast Food Alternatives?  Record this under the K in your KWL chart:

***Stress that students and adults sometimes have no clue about the topics they are about to read, and that it’s okay not to KNOW anything about the topic.  This just means you will have a lot of questions about the topic.

Record what you know in the K column on large chart paper, or white board, or smart board.

W – Next I want to take a look at the section headings and the pictures to gather some initial questions.  One question I have about Fast food alternatives is.....?

I can use our strategy to find certain information in the index, table of contents, topic/conclusion sentences to help me search for the headings I need to be able to start my questioning phase.

If you remember from last time, we turned the chapter title and captions into questions.  I want to see you trying this when you practice on your own.

Go further and record other questions that you have in the W section of the KWL Chart.

I want to list as many questions as I can, because the goal is to learn as much as I can, and become an expert.

L – I’m not going to worry about this section until we are all done with our reading.    

Now that I have my questions and know what I want to find out about, I can go ahead and start reading.  This is going to be where I am going to find the answers to my questions.

Am I going to get all my questions answered?  Maybe, maybe not.  And you might learn some other information that you didn’t even have questions about.

Independent Practice (YOU DO):

Have students choose any section they want in “Chew On This” and complete K and W columns on new KWL Charts (use attached file). 

Keep these because tomorrow we will be completing the chart with what the LEARNED.

Homework: Read their section and take notes.

Lesson Resources

Lesson 19 KWL Chart   Activity


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