Wondering Wizards!

Maria Sanders

Reading to learn Literacy design



Rationale:  The purpose for reading is to read for a purpose however conveying to students what that purpose is can sometimes be difficult.  The purpose for reading is reading comprehension!  In order for students to become successful independent readers they need to master this important skill.  In order to achieve this skill students need to wonder by asking themselves questions as they read such as what? Why? And How?  This lesson will focus on equipping students with the questions to ask in order to thoroughly understand the text they are reading.


Mr. Rover Takes Over, by Grace Maccarone; copies for each student

Butcher paper/ board

Paper and pencil for each student

Checklist for each student (for the teacher to assess)

Did the student summarize the story?

Did the student ask themselves questions and write them down?

Did the student silently read?

Was the student able to reread and accurately convey to the teacher that they understood what happened in the book?

Markers/ highlighters for grading & using to write student responses on the board/paper


1.      The teacher would introduce the subject by asking her students questions and engaging them in dialogue for example she may ask, who can tell me what they did this morning? A student may answer with “I got up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, got dressed for school, ate breakfast and then got on the bus.  Then the teacher would ask why they did all these things such as brush their teeth etc. to which the students would probably be confused.  The teacher would then explain that they brush their teeth to be healthy and have good breath and they ate breakfast so that they could have energy for the day right? Well just as I asked questions about someone’s morning and what they did, why they did something and how it happened we should ask similar questions when we read so that we can comprehend what is happening throughout the book.

Can anyone tell me why they think it is important to ask questions throughout a book they are reading? The teacher will write their responses on chart paper or the board.

2.      Then the teacher will review reading strategies.  Who can tell me what silent reading is?  That’s right it is reading to yourself.  Now when I read silently does that mean I stop asking myself questions about the characters or what is going on in the story? {NO,} of course not, it just means that I am such a great reader that I can do all of these things in my head instead of out loud.  So remember when you are reading silently not to forget all the other great things that you do when you read and that if you get to a really hard word that you need to decode out loud there is nothing wrong with that!

3.      Ok so I am going to show you how I read silently. The teacher would model reading a page to herself & then say these are the questions I asked myself while I was reading: Why did the author choose to put the character in this situation?’, ‘How does this affect the story?’, ‘How does the character respond to the situation? By explaining the process and the types of questions asked the students will have a better idea of what questions to ask when they are silently reading.

4.      Ok, soon we are all going to read the book Mr. Rover Takes Over, by Grace Macarone by ourselves silently.  But first let’s come up with some questions you all think may be important to ask when you are reading.  Then call on different students and add in any suggestions such as make sure to ask what is going on, why is that happening, who is the main person who is dealing with this conflict etc.  Then the students will be dismissed to their seats where they will begin reading.

5.      When you are done reading get out a piece of paper and write a summary of what happened in the book.  Include questions you asked yourself throughout the book.

·         Assessment: Each student will read their summary to the teacher.  The teacher will check off that they asked themselves at least two questions about the book and that they have an accurate summary.


1. W-w-w-w What do you know? Jessica Freeman



  1. Reading comprehension 



  1. Sum it up! Erin Taylor


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