The Q Chart

posted Jan 11, 2013, 8:07 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jan 11, 2013, 8:24 AM ]
The reading comprehension strategy we are working on is The Power to Question. Good readers ask questions before, during and after they read a text. 

 When readers lean to question while reading:
  • they are learning the power of asking as well as answering questions.
  • they are encouraged to be curious readers.
  • they learn that asking questions can lead them to a greater understanding of the text.
  • they learn the difference between quick questions and deep-thinking questions.
  • they learn that not all questions have answers, and often these unanswered questions will help get at the heart of the story better than those that can be answered.
  • they practise what their Power-ful brains are already capable of doing- asking questions.
 Source: Reading Power by Adrienne Gear.

In class, students have been using the Q-Chart to help generate questions when we are reading a text.

We also have been discussing in class that some questions require deep-thinking and the answers to these questions go beyond the text. This Q chart shows where the higher levels of thinking fall on the chart:

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