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"Much of what we know about intelligence and achievement shows that the power of what individuals know depends, in very large part, not on the information they control but on the scope and originality of the questions they ask," says Dennie Palmer Wolf in Reading Reconsidered: Literature and Literacy in High School.  Good readers ask questions before, during, and after they read to clarify meaning, to make predictions, and to identify what is important.  They conduct an ongoing dialogue with each page they read.  Questioning leads readers deeper into the text, setting up a dialogue with the author.  Readers who ask questions are awake, thinking and interacting with the words.  Asking questions is how readers make sense of the world.  The National Reading Panel found that teaching students to ask questions gave the second greatest learning advantage of any single strategy.

Question Stems

Four Types of Reflective Questions

Questioning Bookmark

Tips for Parents to Encourage Questioning

Websites on Questioning:

Reading: Questioning

Lesson Plan for Grades 3-5:  Questioning

Math Literacy: Questioning in Math

Adolescent Literacy:  Questioning the Author

Florida Center for Reading Research:  Questioning the Author - PDF

Family Literacy Project:  Questions for Reading

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