Lesson Planning of Generating Question Skills
Students` Learning Outcomes
- Apply critical thinking to interact with text using intensive reading strategies (while reading) to:
- Generate questions to understand text.
Information for Teachers
- Encourage students to ask questions.
- There are many types of questions which a student at this grade can generate; factual, personal responses, inferential and open ended questions.
- Questions based on facts, having simple straight forward answers are factual questions, such as;
- What are you doing?
- How this is done? Etc.
- Personal response question can have different answers depending on person to person, such as;
- How is the politics in Pakistan going? Etc.
- An inferential question can`t be answered by looking at the text itself, but can be answered by inference or reference to some outside information. An example of an inferential question is, “What season was it?” this can be asked after reading a poem about flowers such as the Daffodils: The season isn`t mentioned but we know it is spring because of the flowers.
Open ended question are those unstructured question in which (unlike in a multiple choice question) possible answers aren`t suggested, and the respondent answers it in his or her own words.
- While teaching the lesson, the teachers should also consult the textbook at all steps where and when needed.
Material / Resources
Writing board, chalk /marker, duster, textbook
- Ask students a riddle, such as;
- What`s beautiful and green
- And have plenty of beads in it
- In my uncle`s fields
- Wearing a chaddar, it can be seen.
- (Translated from: Haree thee mun bharee thee no lakh moti jari. Lala jee kay bagh main doshalah oorhay kharee thee) (Expected answer; Corn (Challee)
- Ask them for a few examples of questions from their previous lesson from the textbook and write them on the board.
- Briefly and quickly recall question statement structure: WH words and helping words + question mark.
- Now tell them the new question type i.e. Open ended. Explain and give answers in your own words.
- Write a topic on the board, such as; ‘My Town’
- Ask some questions from the students which are related to their own town or village.
- Ask them where is it situated?
- Which restaurants / hotels are there in your village / city? Etc.
- Now encourage the students to ask questions from you. Appreciate the students who are asking questions and encourage the students who are not questioning.
- This will increase the students` interest in the class and will encourage asking questions for the next activity as well.
- Select a text from the textbook and ask a student to come forward to read it aloud.
- Ask other students to ask questions about the text. Encourage the student, no matter how the question was?
- This will encourage other students to ask questions.
- Answer the questions, or ask the students if they know the answer to the question.
- Keep this activity going on till the end of the text.
Sum up / Conclusion
- Conclude the lesson by telling the class that 5Ws are the questions which they can ask and they will help them in extracting information from the text.
- Ask the 5 ‘wh’ words from the class. They already know it. Ask them to make 5 questions from the 5 ‘wh’ words from the text they read today and write that on their notebook. Check their work and appreciate the student.
- Teacher is also required to involve the students in solving the problems given in the exercise at the end of unit / chapter.
- Tell them that they are now encouraged to ask as many questions as possible. They can ask questions in the middle of the lesson or at the end of it.