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Restating the Question in the Answer (Freebie included!)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.

Have you ever given your students a worksheet that contains a reading passage followed by a handful of comprehension questions? If your students are like mine, you have learned over the years that you must explicitly tell students to write their answers in complete sentences. If you forget to mention this requirement, many students will compose one- or two-word answers. Therefore, I have found that taking the time to teach students to "restate the question" in the answer is well worth the time it takes. Since upper elementary students still love read-alouds, this is a fun lesson in which you can feature your favorite upper elementary picture book. (Full disclosure: An Amazon affiliate book link is included in this blog post.) As you will see below, I decided to use His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle, but any book will work with this lesson.

Before Reading

Let's back up a moment, though, and let me tell you how I begin this lesson. In preparation of this lesson, I write a list of simple questions based on traditional literature on anchor chart paper. 
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.
Then, when class begins, I also distribute a white board, dry-erase marker, and an eraser to each PAIR of students. When each duo has the supplies it needs, I point out the title on the anchor chart, and tell students that I want them to help me answer each question by writing complete sentences that restate the question in the answer. Take a moment to model your expectations by choosing a student to ask you a random question. Write the answer on the board in a complete sentence. 

Instruct students to read Question #1, and then work with their partner to formulate a correct, complete answer and write it on their white board.
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.
Ask a volunteer to share their answer. If it is correct, have them write it on the anchor chart, as well.

Instruct students to read Question #2, but this time, the other student should write on the white board. Continue this until all of the questions are answered.
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.


During Reading

Once all five questions have been answered, we quickly put away our supplies, and I show them the picture book we're going to read together. I tell them that when we finish the book, they will be given a worksheet with questions about the book, and they will practice the skill of restating the question in the answer.
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.
This is a wonderful picture book for so many reasons! First of all, it reminds students that if you are planning to welcome a new pet into your home, rescuing a pet from an animal shelter is a remarkable option. Secondly, as you can see below, the illustrations are outstanding.
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.

Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.

Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.

Also, this book is also perfect for upper elementary students because the authors use a lot of subtle humor throughout the book. It is fun to stop after sentences like the ones below and ask if they understand what the authors are alluding to when they say "English life isn't all kibble and roses", and why it is funny when the authors say that "in England, dogs go to the bathroom on the left side of the hydrant".
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.

After Reading

After you are done enjoying the story with your students, hand out the worksheet (click HERE or on the image below to download it). Remind students to answer the questions in complete sentences that restate the question in the answer.
Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.

If you're looking for another ready-to-go lesson related to this topic, feel free to check out my Restating the Question PowerPoint!

More Ideas!

This blog post is part of a link up I am doing with my Reading Crew friends! I encourage you to check out the other blog posts in this link-up to gather some additional lesson ideas that feature mentor texts. 
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Teach your students to answer comprehension questions the right way: by putting the question in the answer. This blog post features a complete lesson which includes an anchor chart, a mentor text, and a FREE practice worksheet.


1 comment:

  1. Though this seems so easy, students have a hard time with this skill! I love the way you used a familiar text to help them understand how to restate the question. That is one of the best ways to get kids to understand HOW to do something. This looks like a fun book. I will have to check it out.

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