Questioning Text

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SWBAT ask and answer questions about a text.

Big Idea

Creating a product and illustrations make this lesson great for teaching about questioning.


10 minutes


Common Core Connection

The standard for this lesson is RL.1.1, which states that students need to ask and answer questions about the details in a text.  Students learn to read closely to find out what the text is saying and to make sense of the information.  The students also learn to site information from the text and justify themselves orally or in writing.

Lesson Overview

This lesson allows the students to work in heterogeneous groups of two or three to create a graphic organizer that asks and answers questions.  Collaboration makes learning social, fun, and creates a positive culture in the classroom.

Introductory Activity

I like to show this video because it uses upbeat music, hand motions, and explains what the question words mean.  I tell the class that we are going to answer questions about the details in a text.  Then they repeat, tell a friend, and say it with me.  Repetition builds memory and telling a friend makes it personal.  

Guided Practice

20 minutes

The students and I create a Graphic Organizer from a folded piece of paper.  It has five sections.  I draw a picture to help them remember what each question word means.  I find illustrations to be very helpful in allowing the students to develop meaning.  I decided to ask the five questions about the lunchroom.  I try to make it personal and something that they can easily recall facts about.  I ask them who are the people in the lunch room. They discuss at their tables and then I allow one volunteer to tell me. I write it in a complete sentence on the board.  We do this same procedure for all five questions.  The graphic organizer that we created is a resource.

Group Work

20 minutes

The students go to their desks and work with their partner to create a graphic organizer (Work Sample) of their own.  The learners select a book of their choice which makes them happy and motivated.  I walk around asking them questions.  A model of my questioning and the students justifying their work is in the resources.

Student Reflection

5 minutes

The students and I go back to the lounge to reflect on the lesson.  I ask them to discuss what they learned today.  Then I share what one or two people said.  I say, I can answer questions about the text I read.  They echo, tell their friend, and repeat it with me.  This repetition helps them remember the lesson.


5 minutes

I ask them to write one thing they learned on a post it note and place it on the Tweet Board. This is a quick and easy way for me to assess their knowledge. Then I explain that we will continue to ask and answer questions about what we read.