Peeling the
Layers:
Questioning a Text
Right There Q’s
• Point to answer in Text
• Who?, What?, When?,
Where?
• Recall details of Text
Dig Deep Into Text
• Can’t point to answer in one
place in text
• Ask Why? or How?
• What is…significance or
meaning?
• Po...
Go Beyond the Text
• Q. NOT specifically
connected to one
particular text
• Bring up BIG IDEAS
• Make connections
How can people’s
past haunt them?
Where do you see
yourself in 26 years?
If the past makes
you, does that mean
if you regret the past
you despise
yourself?
What has made you
what you are today?
How do we forgive
or redeem ourselves
for horrible things
we’ve done?
Two-Columns
Layer 2 Layer 3
of our
thinking.
thinking.
Reading is
Writing
is the inking
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  • This is the PowerPoint I used in the second mini-lesson on questioning. In the first lesson, I defined the three levels (“layers”) of questions, using a clip from the first Shrek movie (the “ogres are like onions” clip) to grab attention and set up metaphor of peeling an onion to peeling the layers of a text to “dig out” deeper truths of a text.
  • We reviewed the three layers of questions learned in previous class.
  • Lead a discussion of the importance of questioning a text:
    Understanding the text on a deeper level
    Developing critical thinking skills
    Generate writing topics
  • Explain how deep questions improve Lit Circle discussions—moving beyond superficial discussions of a text. Also, they lead to “Big Ideas” for writing topics.
  • The questions on the next several slides were generated by students in the first lesson on questioning. Lead a discussion on how these topics give students “Big Ideas” to talk and write about.
  • Read aloud a text and have students generate questions. I introduce a page titled “questions” in students’ writing journals and explain this is a place they can begin a list of questions which will become topic ideas for future writings.
  • Questioning

    1. 1. Peeling the Layers: Questioning a Text
    2. 2. Right There Q’s • Point to answer in Text • Who?, What?, When?, Where? • Recall details of Text
    3. 3. Dig Deep Into Text • Can’t point to answer in one place in text • Ask Why? or How? • What is…significance or meaning? • Pose Comparisons • Ask you to Interpret, Infer, Predict
    4. 4. Go Beyond the Text • Q. NOT specifically connected to one particular text • Bring up BIG IDEAS • Make connections
    5. 5. How can people’s past haunt them?
    6. 6. Where do you see yourself in 26 years?
    7. 7. If the past makes you, does that mean if you regret the past you despise yourself?
    8. 8. What has made you what you are today?
    9. 9. How do we forgive or redeem ourselves for horrible things we’ve done?
    10. 10. Two-Columns Layer 2 Layer 3
    11. 11. of our thinking. thinking. Reading is Writing is the inking
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