7 Types of Critical Reading Questions

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7 Types of Critical Reading Questions

  1. 1. Build your own assessment!
  2. 2. Please select the best answer.Q: Multiple choice tests in readingcomprehension best show…a) the size of a student’s vocabularyb) the reading level of the studentc) the socio-economic status of that studentd) how well a student can take a multiplechoice test.
  3. 3. Please select the best answer.Q: Multiple choice tests in readingcomprehension best show…a) the size of a student’s vocabularyb) the reading level of the studentc) the socio-economic status of that studentd) how well a student can take a multiplechoice test.
  4. 4. Big Understanding #1:Multiple choice tests best showhow well a student can take amultiple choice test.
  5. 5. Big Understanding #2:The best way to learn howsomething works is to take itapart and then build oneyourself.
  6. 6. The Seven Types of Reading Comprehension Questions!(A handy guideline for the Build Your Own Assessment unit)
  7. 7. Type 1: Main Idea
  8. 8. Type 1: Main IdeaTypical questions begin:“According to the reading…”“The Author would most likely agree with which statement?”
  9. 9. Type 2: Specific Details
  10. 10. Type 2: Specific DetailsTypical question begins:“According to the passage…”And then asks about a specific moment in the text.
  11. 11. Type 3: Drawing Inferences
  12. 12. Type 3: Drawing InferencesTypical questions begin:“Based on information in the passage…”“The author’s use of the word or phrase [excerpt]supports the generalization that…”
  13. 13. Type 4: Tone or Attitude
  14. 14. Type 4: Tone or AttitudeTypical questions begin:“Based on information in the passage…”“The author’s use of the word or phrase [excerpt] allowsthe reader to conclude that…”
  15. 15. Type 5: Context Meaning
  16. 16. Type 5: Context MeaningTypical questions begin:“Read the sentence from the passage.(sentence is provided.)What does the word __________ most likelymean?”
  17. 17. Type 6: Technique
  18. 18. Type 6: TechniqueCan be about STRUCTURE or LITERARY DEVICES(simile, metaphor, etc.)
  19. 19. Type 7: Choosing Titles
  20. 20. Type 7: Choosing TitlesTypical questions begin:“What is the best possible title for this passage?”

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