With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


  • ask
  • ‘wh’ questions
  • plot
  • important event
  • answer
  • character

  • main idea
  • detail
  • question/questioning
  • setting
  • author/illustrator
  • text

  • Students who can ask and answer questions about key details in text are able to use vocabulary words and terms such as: ask, answer, who, what, when, where, why, questions, question asking, question answering, details, events, important (key), author, and illustrator
  • Students’ ability to ask and answer questions about text requires that they be guided to integrate background knowledge with new knowledge.
  • When students ask and answer questions during activities such as a teacher-led picture walks, they begin to realize that illustrations help them understand the story.
  • When students are prompted to ask and answer questions about characters, the setting, and events in a story, they begin to recognize the important elements in narrative text.
  • Questions about the beginning, middle, and ending of the story help students learn about narrative text structure.
  • With teacher guidance and prompting, students begin to realize that different details answer questions that begin with who or what or why or when or where?
  • During question asking and answering, students begin to recognize when they need more information or when they are confused.
  • Question asking and answering supports vocabulary development and oral language and active listening skills.
  • Students’ metacognitive skills are supported by learning to ask and answer questions. This, in turn, promotes comprehension and deeper engagement with class discussion across contents and grades
  • More advanced skills of summarization, analysis, making inferences and forming opinions are supported by the prerequisite skill of answering and asking questions.
  • Students who ask and answer questions about key details in texts are guided to focus on what is most important and relevant in the story.

  • What vocabulary words should kindergarteners be able to understand and use with confidence in order to ask and answer questions about key details in text?
  • What are the important details in the story being read?
  • How does each illustration give clues about the characters, setting or events in the story?
  • What important details should students know about the characters, about the setting and about events in the story?
  • What instructional strategies support a student’s ability to ask and answer questions?
  • What additional instructional support can be provided to students who experience difficulties asking and answering questions about key details in the text


Go to RL.1.1 to see the progression of related skills.