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• Questioning: Food for Thought

• Browse comprehension books
• Plan lessons

“Children enter school as

question marks and come out
as periods.”
Neil Postman 1995

I wonder…

I Wonder…

the strategy that propels readers forward

Questioning At It’s Best!

Wouldn’t it be nice…

Launching Sequence
Concrete experiences

Sensory exercises

Wordless picture books

Time for Text

Concrete Experience:
Questioning Rock

In Business for Questioning 24/7

Asking Questions
When Teachers Ask Students

When Readers
Ask Themselves Questions…

Assessment Questions

Sincere Questions

(teacher generated)

(self generated)

•Questions teachers know the
answers to

•Questions we don’t have the
answers to

•Questions teachers ask in
order to check or monitor the

•Questions we ponder and
wonder about
•Questions that require
further research by both
teacher and student

Making Questioning Visible

Language to Use with Questioning

“I wonder…”
“What does this mean?”
“That was great question. Do you have any
• “Your question made me think of another
• “How come…?”

Thinking Stems
•I wonder…
•What if…
•I don’t understand…
•It confused me…
•How could…

How Does Asking Questions Help
Me as a Reader?
•Clarify Confusions
•Speculate About What Is Yet to be Read
•Determine Author’s intent, style,
content or format
•Locate a specific answer
•Focus on the text
•Consider rhetorical questions inspire
by the text

Choosing The Right Book

What I Noticed…

• Professional Resources
– Picture Books
– Social Issues
• Appropriate for Grade Level
• Appealed to Me

– Text Modifications

• Knowledge of Author
• Anthology

What Are We Wondering
Before We Read?

What Are We Wondering While We

What Are We
Still Wondering?

Huh? What Now?
Finding the Answers…


Still Wondering

In the Head

In the Text

1. Does this book evoke questions? Are there
questions before, during and after
reading? Write them on post-it notes.
2. Does this book evoke “in the text”. “in the
head”, or “still wondering” questions?
Write them on post-it notes.

3. Does this book lend itself to another
strategy? Can it be brought back later?


Quotes to Get Kids Thinking
Not to know is
bad… not to wish
to know is worse.
African proverb

One’s first step in
wisdom is to question
Lichtenberg, Scientist

The answers aren’t
important really….
What’s important
are the questions.
Snyder, author





• Bibliography
• Diller, Debbie, 2007. Making the Most of Small Groups:Differentiation for
All. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.
• Fountas and Pinnell, 1999 . Matching Books to Readers. Portsmouth , NH:
• Fountas and Pinnell, 2011. The Continuum of Literacy Learning, second
edition. Portsmouth , NH: Heinemann.
• Fountas and Pinnell, 2006. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency
Portsmouth , NH: Heinemann.
• Harvey & Goudvis. 2007. Strategies that Work . Portland, Maine:
Stenhouse Publishers.
• Miller, Debbie, 2002. Reading with Meaning. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse
• Keene, Ellin Oliver, 2008. To Understand. New Horizons in Reading
Comprehension. Portsmouth , NH: Heinemann.
• McGregor, Tanny, 2007. Comprehension Connections, Bridges to
Understanding. Portsmouth , NH: Heinemann

Link Questioning for Deeper

Watch the
chain grow!
Task/ Discuss:
•Was your question chosen from
column 1 or 2?
•Take turns sharing a question. If
that question evokes another
question, discuss it and link it.

•Continue sharing questions/
discussions in this manner to grow
a chain.