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What is questioning, anyway? Well, here's our fancy educators' definition:
Readers ask questions about the text and the author's intentions and seek information to clarify and extend their thinking before, during and after reading.

But for your students, try this:

Ask questions to understand what I'm reading.

So what are we trying to do here? Here's how you'll know when your students get it!

Learning Objectives for Questioning
The student will be able to generate questions to aid comprehension of text, seek information and solve problems across the curriculum.


Can the student communicate that generating questions about the text provides a purpose for reading and enhances understanding? (what)
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Can the student communicate that questions are generated before, during and after reading? (when)
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Can the student communicate that questioning is done for a variety of purposes? (why)
i) clarify meaning
ii) speculate about text
iii) determine author's style, intent, content or format
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iv) focus attention on specific components of the text
v) locate a specific answer
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vi) reflect on ideas inspired by the text
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Can the student communicate that the text and prior knowledge are used to generate questions that provide a purpose for reading and enhance interaction with the text? (how)
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Can the student generate a variety of questions for a variety of purposes?
i) Including answers that are in the text, inferred from the text, and beyond the text
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So, how do you make it happen?

  1. Watch the videos and discuss them with your class.
  2. Do the student activity. (Coming this spring)
  3. Talk about questioning all year long.
  4. Try these lesson ideas in your classroom.

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