RI.K.4

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

 


VOCABULARY
  • ask and answer questions
  • describe
  • unknown

  • mean/meaning
  • 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why)
  • text

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD what's this
  • When students ask and answer questions about unknown words in text, they continue to build and strengthen their academic vocabulary.
  • When students ask and answer questions about unknown words in text, they begin to realize that words provide meaning for the reader—they describe things; they convey meaning.
  • When students ask and answer questions about unknown words in text, they are guided, with prompting and support, to develop word identification techniques—sounding out using phoneme awareness and phonics skills, looking at the illustrations, seeing if the rest of the sentence provides clues (context clues) and so forth.
  • When students ask and answer questions about unknown words in text, they practice question and answer techniques that they can use later as they grow in their ability to read independently and to question text and form opinions.
  • When students ask and answer questions about unknown words in text, they grow in their realization that many words have more than one meaning.
  • Students who are able to ask and answer questions about unknown words in text are developing self-monitoring techniques that enable them to “know” when they lack information or are confused about something—in this case, the meaning of a word.
  • Students gain a deeper understanding of unknown words when they hear the word pronounced and the definition given and, then, they have the opportunity to see or draw a picture of the word.

QUESTIONS TO FOCUS INSTRUCTION what's this
  • Why is vocabulary development important in reading any type of text?
  • What vocabulary terms must students understand in order to engage in question asking and answering about the meaning of unknown words in text?
  • What vocabulary strategies are most effective for teachers to use to help students learn unfamiliar terms? What strategies can students be taught that will help them independently identify unknown words and find the meaning?
  • How does question asking and answering help students know when they lack information or are confused about the meanings of words in text?
  • Why is it important for students to identify words they don’t know when reading informational text?
  • What are some ways to uncover the meaning of unknown words?

LEARNING PROGRESSION

Go to RI.1.4 to see the progression of related skills.