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  • 1. Intentional Strategy Instruction Asking Questions
  • 2. Proficient Readers Ask Questions • Before Reading • Activate prior knowledge • Make predictions • Set a purpose for reading • During Reading • Monitor understanding • Clarify concepts and/or vocabulary • After Reading • Make connections • Extend comprehension • Analyze and evaluate ideas
  • 3. Before Reading Questions Questions you ask before reading are quite different than those you ask during or after reading because they are based on the topic, title, and/or text features rather than information from the text.
  • 4. During & After Reading Questions Questions asked during and after reading are based on information from the text and the author’s message. Let’s take a closer look at these types of questions and how they help you as a reader.
  • 5. Asking Questions When you ask questions, you pause to make sure you understand the key ideas, events, and details in a text. Asking questions using who, what, where, when, why, and how will help you better understand the text. When you cannot answer your questions, you may need to reread the text.
  • 6. How Does Asking Questions Help Me as a Reader? When you ask yourself questions about incoming information, you are paying attention, self-monitoring, and actively constructing knowledge.
  • 7. Thick and Thin Questions Questions come in different levels of complexity and difficulty, and different kinds of questions are useful for different purposes.
  • 8. Thin Questions • Factual, explicit, or “right there” questions • Answers can be found in the text • Can be answered with a few words or short sentences
  • 9. Thick Questions • Inferential or “author and me” questions • Require the reader to think more deeply since the answers do not come solely from the text the text should support the answer • Often begin with: • Why? • How come? • I wonder? • What would happen If? • What does he/she means by?
  • 10. Thick or Thin? • Thick Questions require the reader to form an opinion or offer support in order to answer it. • They go far beyond identifying information and details explicitly stated by an author.
  • 11. Proficient Readers: • ask themselves questions to clarify information and ideas in a text • recognize that thoughtful reading goes far beyond identifying information and details explicitly stated by an author • gain essential practice with and feedback on becoming question-posers rather than merely question-responders Teachers shouldn’t be the only ones asking thick questions!
  • 12. Asking ?’s - Like 5 Hour Energy for Your Brain! The ability to routinely generate mental questions while reading, listening, or viewing something not only boosts attention and alertness, but also strengthens comprehension (Duke & Pearson, 2002).
  • 13. Resources Buehl, Doug. "Reading Room." Wisconsin Education Association Council. N.p., 18 Nov. 2005. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. Harvey, Stephanie, and Anne Goudvis. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding. York, Me.: Stenhouse, 2000. Print. Young, John. "Questioning: A Comprehension Strategy for Small-Group Guided Reading." International Reading Association, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. Compiled by: P. Muehlenkamp, 2013