Question strategies are strategies that are used by the teacher to aid students in higher order thinking and reasoning. The strategies found in this section will help to expand students’ knowledge of the content that is being taught in a way that students can apply the content to their own lives in meaningful and purposeful ways.
Lower Order/Higher Order Questions
It is important that educators are able to distinguish between lower and higher order questions as a means of raising the level of academic discourse in their classrooms. By first answering lower order questions students are able to then engage in higher order questions. Lower order questions usually fall under knowledge and comprehension. Higher oder questions usually fall under application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation, although there is often overlap. For my strategy I created a handout for students to engage in lower order questions. For the higher order questions students are broken up into pairs in which they are asked to work as a team to answer the assigned question. Below is the handout created for the class. KC
Not only is this a great tool for students to use when questioning the text, but it is also a great summary tool that students can keep and refer back to later. This is a great strategy to use in any subject. The retelling pyramid helps students find the main subject of a paragraph/article and then restate it as concisely as possible. DS
ReQuest is a great partnership technique to teach students how to ask and answer questions about a certain text among themselves. One partner is the questioner while the other is the respondent, and then each partner switches roles 2-3 times to make sure both students get a chance practicing asking and answering. By interacting with the text in these different roles, students are more apt to understand the text in a deeper way.
This is where students create a chart that has them first write what the know (K), then write what they want to know (W), and then list what they have learned (L). You have the ability to use this for a unit, a day lesson, or even a quick check during a random day to see the progress the students have made.-CH
Text Impressions is a very fun technique! It involves students doing a quick write based only on vocabulary words given to them by the teacher. Students then share what they believe the focus of the day or unit will be about. It could work as an anticipatory set, or as the beginning of a unit. It builds excitement and gets students engaged with the material!