The Value of Good Questions
The next best way is to ask students questions about what they are reading. Comprehension questions can help you identify students who read the words well, but have difficulty creating meaning from the text. Have students read a text silently, and then ask them questions about what they read.
These questions should range from literal, knowledge-based questions to higher-order questions that require students to make inferences, synthesize information, analyze, evaluate and make judgments. Pay attention to the question level at which the student seems to break down. Also pay attention to whether students can answer the questions without referring back to the text, whether they periodically look back to the text or whether they have to reread the text to answer any question.
Click on each traffic light color to explore question stems to ask students during reading:
Red Light Questions: “Not There”
Readers need to “stop” to answer red-light questions. The answer is not in the text.
- What do you think will happen next ___________? Why do you think so?
- What would happen if __________?
- Do you think _________ was good or bad, right or wrong, and justified or unjustified?
- Do you agree with the actions, decision or choices of __________?
- If this was being told from ____________'s point of view, how would it change?
Yellow Light Questions: “Here and There”
Readers need to “slow down” to answer yellow-light questions. Readers need to think and search or put together different parts of the text to answer the question.
- What caused __________?
- How are ____ and ____ alike? Different?
- Tell me in your own words __________?
- What happened first, second and third ____________?
- What is the character _________ like?
- How do you think _________ was feeling?
- What is the main message or idea of this text?
Green Light Questions: “Right There”
Readers can “go” right to the text to answer green-light questions. The answer is in one place in the text.
- What does _________mean?
- 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