Tip: Heading Questions
How do I do it?
When reading many informational texts, students will encounter headings and subheadings. As students read, it is helpful for their comprehension as well as their ability to understand how the different sections of the text support the main themes and sub-themes of the text. For example, in a social studies text on the structure of the federal government, students may find headings such as, “Legislative Branch” etc. Model how headings can be changed into questions like, “What is the Legislative Branch?” or “What does the Legislative Branch Do?” Students can record the headings and the questions they create for each heading before they read the section below the heading.
Variations & Extensions
Students can work in pairs of language learners and and native English speakers or a higher proficiency student to scaffold understanding. If an e-book and a reader or computer with headphones of the chapter is available, language learners can often click to have the chapter read to them to assist in their comprehension. The teacher can require students to answer the questions either orally and/or in writing upon finishing the section as a way to check their understanding.
Common Core ELA Reading Standards 2&7
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
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