Students often listen to speakers, whether in a conversation or otherwise, and often fail to ask good questions or give clear responses to questions. The lesson helps students develop effective questions for clarification, comprehension, or to simply grasp a better understanding of a topic or an issue. Usually, when students ask questions learning is taking place, but students also need to know how to answer questions, which will spark additional questions and open new avenues of exploration. The lesson may be adapted for reading comprehension skills.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask students: Why is it important to ask questions?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students: Why is it important to answer questions?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Asking and Answering Questions.
- Distribute Asking & Answering Questions content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Ask students to give examples of any kind using each of the question starters. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Demonstrate the steps for the activity. Encourage students to ask new questions based on the information given in the detailed responses. Remind students to carefully listen to each other. (Teacher may limit the number of topics for discussion, or add to the list.) Some Question Starters may be more difficult for students to use than others, such as may, give an example, such as “May I ask if you had fun on the vacation?”
- Following the activity, ask students about the experience such as: What topics were difficult, easy? Which topic was most interesting? What have they learned about their partners?
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Students share the reason some answers are not accurate.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: Think about the many people you have heard speaking, on TV, the Internet, in a video, or another place. What were they saying and what question would you have asked if it was possible?
- Allow for responses and discussions. Encourage students to think about the people they have seen in the media, giving speeches, etc. If necessary, show a video of a speaker, any topic, then ask students to write out a question they would want to ask the person. Allow students to share the questions.
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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