Posted by: nancyisanders | December 22, 2014

Writing Opportunity: Discussion Questions Part 2

The second part of the Discussion Questions for the nonfiction titles at Kaeden Books is:

During Reading.

For this section, a variety of questions can be used. The key is that these questions support the Common Core State Standards for this level.

Since we’ve been discussing how to write books such as The Bird Feeder, Fiesta, and Flowers which are written for the kindergarten reading level, we’re trying to write discussion questions that support the kindergarten level of standards for the Common Core. If you are writing a manuscript for a first or second grade reading level, then you’ll need to read those standards and make sure your discussion questions support those standards.

Compare the discussion questions DURING READING for both Fiesta and Flowers by looking at their google preview.

Now brainstorm ideas for questions you could ask about your own manuscript based on these Common Core State Standards. (Make sure these would be questions teachers could ask their students DURING the reading of your book) Here are some ideas to help you get started that you can tailor to your own specific topic:

Key Ideas and Details:
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

What is happening in this setting?
Who is this about?

With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Compare and contrast the pictures of the XX on pages Y and Z.
Look at pages X and Y. How are AA and BB the same? How are they different?

Craft and Structure:
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

What are [one of your vocabulary words]? After listening to the students’ responses, invite them to turn to the Glossary and find [the vocabulary word]. Read the definition together.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).

Look at the illustration on page XX. What is happening to the YY and ZZ?

With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

Where was the writer when this took place? What was the writer doing? What was the writer thinking?

What does the writer see, hear, taste, or smell?

With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Compare and contrast the XX on pages YY and ZZ.

So go ahead and write 3 questions teachers can ask their students for DURING READING. Try not to stress out too much about these or overwrite them. If you simply draw a blank, it’s okay to use some of the wording on the Fiesta book or Flowers book to use in your own manuscript.

Let me know if you have any questions!


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