Teach young children to create the questions.
Reading and writing involve more than just getting the words right. Questions help children think beyond the words on the page. Questions help children think beyond the ideas in their own writing. Higher-level questions challenge children to analyze, summarize, make connections and predictions. And questions are not just for answering. They are also for asking.
The Question Chart and Reading
Children can use the Question Chart to generate questions about what they are reading or listening to. Begin with a question word in the vertical column on the left. Follow with one of the verbs in the top horizontal row. 2-point questions are often lower level thinking questions and 8-point questions require higher-level thinking. But not always.
Lower: What is the title of the text?
Higher: What is the significance of the title?
The Question Chart and Writing
Encourage young writers to use the Question Chart during revision to ask questions about their own writing and the writing of their peers. Responses will give them ideas to FEED their writing with facts, explantations, examples, and details. I suggest children ask a 2, 4, 6, and 8-point question about the writing during the revision process.
Where did the story take place?
How will the reader feel about the main character?