Whether it is working individually, with a small group or in large numbers of students, prompts or guided questioning can help students to retain and comprehend the information they read. Typically specific or open-ended questions that involve recalling information and critical thinking encourages children to pay attention and focus on the task at hand.
Guided Reading Prompts and Asking Questions Directs Students Thought Process
Giving them a variety of questions to think about and answer along with a number of points to ponder gives the impression that their takeaway from the reading is just as important as actually being able to perform the task itself. Questions can range from open ended “What would you like to know more about” to pointed ‘What happened at the beginning of the story?”
Genia Connel, a teacher who writes for scholastic.com blog, has developed an easy way to use guiding reading prompts and questions to improve comprehension in your students. Her program uses things like Prompt Booklet, Prompting Bookmarks for Students, and Guided Reading Question Cards to facilitate the learning process. All of these resources are available to download for free from her article.
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Guided Reading Prompts and Questions to Improve Comprehension