Asking Questions

A good question begs an answer.  One of the things that good readers do is ask themselves questions as they read.  This makes them want to keep reading to find the answer.  When modeling this comprehension strategy, I explicitly talk about what makes a good question.

Good Questions:

  • You don’t already know the answer
  • You really do wonder about it
  • The answer might require further research because it may not be answered in the text
  • Make us want to keep reading to find the answer

Not-so-Good Questions:

  • The answer is obvious
  • You already know the answer
  • You don’t need to keep reading to figure out the answer

 

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