The Power to Question

posted Nov 27, 2014, 12:48 PM by Patrick Johnson
Today we introduced our third Reading Power for reading comprehension: The Power to Question. We discussed that good readers ask questions before the story begins, during the story and after the story ends.

Students brainstormed lists of question words. I also introduced them question words that they might not be as familiar with.

Next we played the YES/NO game (actually called concept attainment) . I showed them examples of questions that belonged in the YES group and ones that didn't. Students needed to figure out what the YES questions all had in common.

Once students had an idea of what the YES questions had in common , I presented a series of tester questions. Students used their thumbs to vote whether the question belonged in the YES group or the NO group.

Students thought the YES questions:
-had more details
-asked questions that were more important than the NO questions
-You needed more time to think about the answer to the question.

The YES questions are deep thinking questions (inferential) whereas the NO questions are quick questions (literal).

Qualities of quick questions and deep thinking questions.