Reading Critical Thinking Questions

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Questions of texts should encourage students to think about the topic and how it is presented; whose opinions and values are being expressed (and whose values and opinions are left out); the author’s purpose for writing; the author’s choice of language and genre; and, finally, their own reactions to the text.To encourage critical reading, teachers should ask students questions about the text before, during, and after they read.For our students to become critical readers, we need to help them engage with texts through a range of different kinds of questioning.

Questions of texts should encourage students to think about the topic and how it is presented; whose opinions and values are being expressed (and whose values and opinions are left out); the author’s purpose for writing; the author’s choice of language and genre; and, finally, their own reactions to the text.

If we want our students to ask searching questions, we need to be thoughtful about the kinds of questions we model.

In the late 1990s, further research (Pressley, et al.

1998) revealed that despite the abundance of research supporting questioning before, during, and after reading to help comprehension, teachers still favored post-reading comprehension questions. In this way, reading becomes a collaboration between the reader and the author.

The second is making sure the questions we ask our students are the sort that deepen comprehension.

We might ask ourselves if we are posing questions that encourage “accountable talk” about texts.

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