RL.1.1

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

 


VOCABULARY

  • questioning/question
  • ask
  • answer

  • key details
  • text
  • wh-questions (who, what, where, when, which, why)

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD  what's this

  • Students’ ability to ask and answer questions about text requires that they integrate background knowledge with new knowledge.
  • Students who ask and answer questions about text expand their academic vocabulary and the ability to use words such as why, what, who, when, where, which, character, setting, events, beginning, middle, end, details, important, author and illustrator.
  • When students ask and answer questions about texts that are read aloud or that they read together, such as big books, they begin to realize that authors and illustrators are “speaking” to the reader.
  • When students ask and answer questions about key details in text read aloud or in group, they reinforce their understanding of important elements in narrative text – the characters, the setting, and the events that happen in the story.
  • Questions about the beginning, middle, and ending of the story help students learn about narrative text structure. This prepares students for later learning and discussions about the exposition, the conflict/problem, the conclusion and so forth in a story.
  • During question asking and answering, students begin to recognize when they need more information or when they are confused.
  • Students who are able to ask and answer questions about key details in text, demonstrate they realize that different details respond to questions that begin with different “wh” words (e.g.,r who or what or why or when or where). For example, “Where did the main character go?” requires a different response than “What did the main character do?” or “Why did the main character go?”
  • Students who can ask and answer questions that focus on key details in the text demonstrate that they are beginning to distinguish between relevant and non-relevant information.
  • In answering questions about key details in texts, students are prompted/guided and assisted to locate evidence in texts to support their answers.
  • When students ask and answer questions, their vocabulary development is supported and they practice oral language and active listening skills.

QUESTIONS TO FOCUS INSTRUCTION  what's this

  • What academic vocabulary must students know and be able to use confidently in order to ask and answer questions about key details in the text?
  • What are the important details in the story being read?
  • How can students be guided to focus on key details and separate relevant from non-relevant details when asking and answering questions?
  • What instructional strategies support a student’s ability to ask and answer questions using all the “wh” questions?
  • What additional instructional support can be provided to students who experience difficulties asking and answering questions about key details in the text.
  • How can students be supported to utilize questioning as a strategy during reading?
  • How does the ability to question and locate answers help readers comprehend text?


LEARNING PROGRESSION
Go to RL.K.1 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to RL.2.1 to see the progression of related skills.