W, W, W, We Want W!


Reading to Learn

Sarah Lynn Cowart

Rationale: Reading comprehension is key when students are reading. In order for them to understand what they are reading they must comprehend. There are various ways to teach comprehension to children. Through this lesson I will help students learn to comprehend by asking themselves the 5 W’s, what, who, where, when, and why. 

Materials: multiple copies of Charlotte’s Web By E. B. White, W worksheet, paper, pencils

1. I would like for someone to tell me what a question is. Everyday we use questions to gain information about things that we encounter.  Today we are going to talk about some questions that we can ask ourselves while we are reading. Having the right questions to ask will help you understand what you are reading.  When you listen to someone else read, it is sometimes easier to comprehend than when you are reading the text silently. There are five questions that I want you to remember when reading these are the W questions. What, When, Who, Where and Why are the questions when need to permanently put in our brains.

2. I would like everyone to pull out his or her copy of Charlotte’s Web. Please turn to the first page. Please read the first two pages silently.  Who can remember what all they read? Let me show you a way to help you remember what you read. When you read you should ask yourself questions about the text, to better understand it. There are five basic questions to remember when reading: who- was in the story the main characters, what- was the story about main idea, where- did the story take place, why- did something happen, when- did it happen? Just remember who, what, where, when, and why.

3. I am now going to read the next few pages aloud to the class. As I read I want you to ask yourself the five W’s. After I finish reading we will discuss what was read. Discuss with the text with the class the text. Ask the students questions about the five W's.

4. I will ask the class to read the next chapter by themselves. I will give each student a worksheet that has blanks for who, what, where, when, and why. Ask the students to answer the five W's after they have read.

5. For assessment I will ask the student to select a book from the classroom library, which is on their reading level. Give the students another W's worksheet. When you are finished reading fill out the worksheet and turn it in.


Beth Tyler. http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/openings/tylerrl.html

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