Before, during and after reading good readers will generate questions.They will seek to make predictions, clarify meaning and focus on what is important. Asking questions help the reader clarify and deepen their understanding of what they are reading.
Types of Questions:
Closed Questions are easy to answer by rereading or by reading on.
Open Questions are not usually answered in the book. They will often involve bigger ideas and require deeper thinking. In many instances these questions rely on background knowledge and personal opinions.
Four Types of Question-Answer Relationships:
In the Book
Right There – The answer is on the page. The words used to make up the question and words used to answer the question are found in the same sentence.
Think and Search – The answer is in the story, but you need to put together different pieces of information to find it. The answer comes from different places in the book.
In My Head
Author and You – The answer is not in the story. Think about what the author tells you, what you already know, and how it fits together.
On Your Own – The answer is not in the story. Think about the text and what you already know and how it fits together.
“Questions send readers on quests. They cause readers to seek, pursue, and search for answers or deeper understanding.”
– Susan Zimmermann (7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!)
What you can do at home
- Questioning starts from the moment you look at the book’s cover. Jot down some of the questions your child comes up with before you start reading.
- Encourage your child to ask questions about the book while reading and share your own.
- Afterwards discuss how some of the questions were answered as you read, but others weren’t.