Strong readers are active readers; one thing they do is ask themselves questions as they are reading. Questioning helps students self-monitor, clarify and make connections, all of which has a positive impact on comprehension.
Below are some questions you can use when reading aloud to or reading with students. The purpose of these questions is to model self-questioning strategies for students, so over time they can internalize these and access them as needed while reading. Teaching questioning techniques can help all students become more engaged and active readers.
- Is this fiction or nonfiction?
- What do you already know about this topic?
- Based on the title, what do you think this is going to be about?
- What is the author trying to say here?
- What does this word mean?
- Based on what you have read so far, what do you think will happen next?
- What was the author’s main point or reason for writing this?
- Did any of your prereading or during-reading predictions change as you read?
- Does this reading connect with anything else you have read?
- 2Key Terms
- 3Literacy Diagram
- 4Literacy: A Cornerstone of College and Career Readiness
- 5Literacy Skills Develop Over Time
- 6“Texts” Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- 7Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
- 8Oral Language and the Reading Connection
- 9Unlocking Meaning: Vocabulary is the Key
- 10The Vocabulary Gap
- 11How Do Reading Skills Develop?
- 12How Do We Become Good Readers?
- 13Five Components of Reading
- 14Phonemic Awareness
- 19Comprehension — Putting the Pieces Together
- 20Developmental Stages of Reading
- 21Stage 1 — Visual Cue Word Recognition
- 22Stage 2 — Phonetic Cue Word Recognition
- 23Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition
- 24Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition
- 25Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
- 26Stage 6 — Proficient Adult Reading
- 27How’s My Reading?
- 28The Power of Writing!
- 29How Writing Skills Develop
- 30Why Literacy Is Important
- 31Preventing Summer Learning Loss
- 32Literacy Everywhere
- 33Deepen Your Understanding
- 34Listen to Students Read Aloud
- 35The Value of Good Questions
- 36Motivation — A Key to Promoting Positive Reading Behaviors
- 37Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation
- 38Learn More Library
- 41Check for Understanding