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Questioning helps you find information and focus your attention on what's important in the text. Ask questions like "Why?" "What if?" and "I wonder?" before, during and after reading and you'll understand a lot better.
How do questions help you understand a story? Think of your questions as the keys to the castle! By asking questions, you open doors to understanding. Choose a story to begin!
Now review your questions. Can you answer any more of them? Click on each one to type your answer!
You've come up with many questions about this story.
For some, you found the answers "in the story." For others,
the answers can only be found "in your head."
Congratulations! You earn one point for each question answered "in the story!" You earn two points for each one you must find the answer for "in your head!"
The "head" questions are harder—but they often reveal the true meaning of the story!
question to one
of these sections
You've earned your questioning bookmark.
Remember, you've got to ask questions if you want to understand.
E-mail your questions to your teacher or someone else so
you can talk about them later.
As you read, think about the story and ask yourself questions about it.
Is there something you don't understand?
Do you wonder what might happen next?
Do you have a question about a character or the setting of the story?
Does it remind you of something in your own life that you wonder about?
Type your question into the box. Then click "Done."
Click "Open the Door" to go through the castle to the next part of the story. You won't get a key to open the door unless you ask a question!
After you read more of the story, look at your questions and see if you can answer any of them. Click on a question to answer it.
For some questions you can find answers in the story. For some questions, the answer will be in your own head. Don't worry — you'll get points for both kinds!
If you can't think of a question, try one of these to start:
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