Upper elementary and above
- Assess/develop/activate prior knowledge
- Set purpose for reading
- Link new information to prior knowledge
- Direct students’ attention to a picture or illustration from the reading selection.
- Ask what they would like to know about the picture.
- Have them ask questions that focus on the details in the picture or the overall message of the picture.
- Write, or have them write, the questions on the board or on a chart.
- Ask what else they want to know about the story or selection and record those questions.
- After reading the selection, read the questions they asked and discuss the answers.
- If a question is still not answered, students research the topic.
- Teachers can also get students involved in asking questions about the text by reading aloud or signing the first paragraph or two from a selection and then asking them what else they would like to know about the topic.
- The teacher can also ask them questions such as: “What would you like to know about __________?” (This may be the main character or a topic.)