Questioning How to build effective communication Which question is more difficult? What does Jack take from the ogre the first time he goes up the beanstalk? How is “success” defined in this story? WHY? What does Jack take from the ogre the first time he goes up the beanstalk? This question can be answered by looking back in the story. Some might not even read the story to answer the question. How is “success” defined in this story? This question… You must read the story. It makes you think. It sparks better communication! Types of Questions Factual Interpretative Evaluative Types of Questions Factual Questions One right answer that can be supported with evidence from the text. Asks you to recall something the author wrote. You can answer the question, usually, by pointing to a selection of the reading. Requires little thinking. Does not make conversation because the answer is often one word. Factual Question Examples What does Victor learn on the first day of school about impressing girls? Why is Mrs. Jones able to relate to Roger? Interpretive Questions There isn’t just one correct answer. Correct answers are ones that can be supported with evidence from the text. These questions spark discussions. The best interpretive questions are ones with more than one answer or a question that has opposing viewpoints. Interpretive Question Examples Who teaches Victor the biggest lesson: His friend for reading magazines about how to get a girl? His French teacher for not criticizing him? Any other character in the story Justify your response with events in the story. Which is more important: The fact that Mrs. Jones doesn’t scold Roger OR The fact that she gives him the money for the shoes? Explain your answer with events from the story. Evaluative Questions States your opinion. Asks you to think it through. Asks you to make your position clear. Asks you to make a judgement. Sparks conversation (others may agree or disagree). Evaluative Question Examples Why can teenagers able to relate to Victor in the story “Seventh Grade?” Why did Mrs. Jones give Roger the money for the shoes when suede shoes are a want and not a need? Let’s practice. Listen to the story. At the conclusion of the story, your group will create all three types of questions. Ready….. Now… In groups of four, write one of each type of question on the card. Factual Interpretive Evaluative Switch cards with another group: Read the other group’s cards. Decide which type of question it is. Repeat. Pick the question you like best.
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