Sunday, February 2, 2014

Reading Comprehension Strategy: Ask Questions

Asking questions seems to come so naturally for students, doesn't it?  Natural until asked to do so about what they're reading.  Then, it seems to need a lot more prompting and modeling from the teacher.

I choose my mentor texts for this strategy based off of how many plot twists the books have or the higher level of vocabulary.  The following are some of my top picks:

Most books by Chris Van Allsburg will keep the reader guessing about what's going on.




Mr. Peabody's Apples will keep the reader guessing about the moral character of the main characters.


We use the "Before, During, and After" reading organizer and the following language to begin our questions:

I wonder...
I am not sure why...
I am curious about...
How does...
I was confused when...
Why didn't...

Do you use any particular texts or organizers for Asking Questions?  I'd love to hear them!

4 comments:

Deborah Blea said...

I love all of Chris Van Allsburg's work! Isn't this the same author of Two Bad Ants?

Heather said...

He is the author of Two Bad Ants! I use many of his books throughout the year as mentor texts.

Edwin Cynthia said...

Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post Are there children's programs like Hooked on Phonics for British English?
I’ve done some searching on Google for other programs but I haven’t' had much luck…

Heather said...

Edwin: I not aware of any programs similar to Hooked on Phonics for British English. I do have a couple of other posts that focus on using sounding out/phonics-type skills if you're interested:

http://begborrowandteach.blogspot.com/2013/12/monitoring-understanding-while-reading.html

http://begborrowandteach.blogspot.com/2013/11/reading-comprehension-fix-up-strategies.html

Good luck!