Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.1 and RL 2.1 - Ask and Answer Questions}

We are excited to start a new blog series called Reader Ready: Standard by Standard.  In this series, we will look at each RL standard.  We will show you a few ways we teach each standard.  There will be easy to implement ideas and FREEBIES! 

First up, is RL.1; asking and answering questions about key details in a text.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!


The main point we try to get across with this standard is that good readers are constantly asking and answering questions about the text they are reading.  We try to emphasize the importance of thinking about the text the whole time they read versus only thinking about it at the end if / when prompted with questions by the teacher.  

Here is a good video to watch for yourself or to show your kiddos.  It can be used as a unit opener, as a self-guided lesson for the kiddos (when you need some down time!), or left with sub plans.

One way we do this is our "Wonder Wheel."  The "Wonder Wheel" is a visual that provides students with key words for questions.   

{Wonder Wheel: a reader's mind never stops turning...we ask and answer questions as we read}

 We use this anchor chart as a class for a variety of books; in this case it was for Caps for Sale.  We give students post it notes and  each time they have a question during the read aloud, they write it down.  We intentionally stop at various points of the text to model questions we might have.  This activity can be used whole group or small group!

During Guided Reading, we complete a similar task; students are each given one post it note with one of the question words on it (who, what, when, where, why, or how).  They write a question they have about the book (during any point); and we put them on the smaller anchor chart that has the question words broken down into sections.  We answer the questions together, which is a great way to review the book read.  This anchor chart can also be used for students to use independently; they can use post it notes, or just write directly on the paper.

A tool we use to work on the RL.1 standard, is our Oral Comprehension Question Stem cards (a FREEBIE in our store!).  We use these to ask questions during Guided Reading groups.  The question stems include the words on the Wonder Wheel.  We do require students to give evidence in their answers (with our younger readers, we ask them to find the specific point in the text where their answer can be found).  We feel this prepares them for the written response requirements.  

Our favorite product for this standard are our RL 1.1 and RL 2.1 Print a Standard packs.  These packs each include over 10 activities to practice asking / answering questions about the text.  The activities can be done whole group, small group, or independently.  They are also great for assessments or homework.  With all of our Print a Standard packs, we use formats that are easy to use but are engaging to the students.  


As with any standard, good read aloud are the MUST!  Here are a few of our RL.1 "Book Shelf" Recommendations:

Wemberly Worried // Caps for Sale // Beatrice // My Name is Yoon // Mrs. Spizer's Garden

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