Asking questions

Good readers generate questions before, during, and after reading to lead them deeper into a text. This is different than answering the teacher's questions about a text -  good readers are always wondering and questioning in order to be active thinkers.

Proficient readers:

  • use questions to focus their attention on particular aspects of a text
  • ask questions for different purposes, including to clarify meaning, make predictions, determine an author's style, or locate a specific answer in text

Sample Lessons:

Anchor Charts:


This chart helps focus students on why questioning is important.


Asking students to participate by jotting on
sticky notes requires that they be more active thinkers


FQR charts are often good to use with nonfiction text.



"Thick" questions require more thinking than "thin" questions.


Questioning before, during, and after reading.


Before, during, and after chart that records student thinking
about the class read aloud.


Forms and Resources:

Texts for Teaching Questioning:

  • All I See by Cynthia Rylant
  • Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman
  • An Angel for Solomon Singer by Cynthia Rylant
  • Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
  • Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger
  • The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
  • Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
  • The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Wise Woman and Her Secret by Eve Merriam
  • Yanni Rubbish by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim

Comprehension Resources:

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