Think First, Then Ask
rationale of this lesson is to teach students strategies that will help
read to learn and learn from their reading. This lesson focuses on
generation. It is intended to help teach students to question as they
read. Asking questions will help them relate the text to their self, to
the world, and to other texts.
by Jean Craighead George
- Display the KWL
cards and explain what each one means. First display the K card and
tell the children that it stands for what we know about a text or think
we know. Second display the W card and explain that it stands for what
we want to know about a book or the questions we have. Third display
the L card and explain that it stands for what we have learned or how
our questions were answered.
- pass out the
student charts of the KWL charts. Tell the students that on these
charts you want them to fill out for the beginning of the book, for the
middle of the book, and for the end of the book
- Show the students
the cover of the Everglades
and read the title. Ask them to fill out the KWL for the beginning of
the book. Give them time to write down their answers and then discuss
as a class.
- Read till about
the middle of the book and stop. Ask them to fill out their KWL for
what has happened so far. Give them time to respond. Then discuss as a
- Finish reading the
book. Have them finish filling out their KWL charts. Give them time to
- Ask them to look
over their thoughts (i.e. KWL chart) about the book. Then discuss the
book as a class.
- Also discuss how
the KWL chart helped them think as they read.
- Finally have the
students pick a book of their choice to read and give them silent
reading time to read it. Also give them new KWL charts to fill out and
tell them to use them just as they had done as a class only on their
own. Walk around the class and assess each students use of the KWL
J., Symons, Sonya, McGoldrick, Jacqueline A., Kurita, Janice A. (1989).
That Improve Children‰¥ús Memory and Comprehension of Text.
The Elementary School Journal, Vol 90,
Number 1. pgs 3-32.
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