Comprehension Corner

How Do I Promote Questioning?

Comprehension Corner
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What Are Fix-Up Strategies?
What Are Comprehension Constructors?
How Do I Use Modeling Effectively?
What Are Accessible Texts?
What Are Text Sets?
How Do I Make Reading More Purposeful?
How Do I Improve Group Work?
What Does Engaging Instruction Look Like?
How Do I Promote Transfer?
What Strategies Promote Comprehension?
What Are Inquiry Units?
How Do I Create Opportunities for Social Learning?
How Do I Promote Questioning?
Where Can I Learn More?
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Generating questions is a key component of comprehension.  Smith and Wilhelm write, “Teaching students questioning techniques gives them more control over their own learning, and the classroom agenda and helps them connect the textual to the personal and the world."  Another researcher, Raphael, classifies question-answer relationships into two categories.


In the Text Questions

  • Right-there questions: Important factual questions that can be answered by referring to a specific portion of the text.
  • Think-and-search questions: Questions that require readers to put together factual information from various points of the text.


In My Head Questions

  • Author-and-me questions: Questions that require readers to apply their prior knowledge and experience to what they read.
  • On-my-own questions: Questions that may be inspired by the text but that can only be answered in the terms of readers’ own experiences, knowledge, values, etc.

 For further reading, see Going with the Flow, Chapter 4.

Last updated: July 9, 2008

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