Types of Questioning
There are three types of questing we use and answer when discussing text for understanding.
Literal Question Prompts
A Literal question asks the reader to recall facts explicitly stated in the text. The can be
located “On the lines” Who, what, when, where…..
_ What is the name of the text?
_ What is the name of the main character?
_ Where did the main character live?
_ Name the brother of x character?
_ How many apples did he pick?
_ How many pizzas did x character bake?
_ Where did the story take place?
_ What sort of character lived under the bridge?
_ How many goats crossed the bridge to get to the other side?
_ What did x character eat for breakfast?
_ What harmful chemicals can enter the water?
Evaluative Question Prompts:
An evaluative question asks the reader to decide whether he or she agrees with the author’s
ideas or point of view in light of his or her own knowledge, values, and experience. These
questions can be answered from “In your head”.
Read beyond the text. How do I FEEL about it?
_ Suggest a better reason for…..
_ What is your opinion of……?
_ Do you think —- is a good or bad thing….
_ What changes would you recommend…why?
_ Judge the value of….. why do you think this?
_ How would you feel if…..?
_ How effective are…?
_ How did you feel about…..?
_ What would you have done in that situation?
_ Do you agree with the character’s behaviour in a particular situation?
_ Has the author shown any prejudices or made any assumptions about………..?
_ Do you agree with the author’s point of view on a particular topic?
_ What kind of person wrote this text?
_ Why would the author write this particular text?
_ What is the text trying to make you believe/think?
_ Were there any great examples of …….. used? How?
_ What is the author not telling you in this text?
_ How did this text make you feel?
_ How is this text different to…..?
_ What would you change about the text if you were the author?
_ What is the main message of these posters?
_ Is this a persuasive text? If so what techniques, has the author used to make it persuasive?
Inferential Question Prompts
An inferential question asks the reader to read “between the lines” by:
• Comprehending using inference (using information explicitly stated along
with one’s own personal experience as a basis for conjecture and
• Inferring supporting details (suggesting additional facts that might
have made the selection more informative, interesting or appealing)
• Inferring main ideas (providing the main idea when it is not stated
• Inferring sequence (conjecturing about what might have happened or will happen when no explicit
statements are included in the text)
• Inferring cause and effect relationships (inferring the author’s
intentions, motivations, or characters)
• Inferring character traits (hypothesizing characteristics of persons)
• Predicting outcomes (predicting what will happen as a result of
reading part of the text)
• Interpreting figurative language (inferring literal meanings from the
figurative use of language).
In your head – go beyond literal meaning to what is implied (why, how did/would/could/do you know…. what if…)
_ How did… feel?
_ Why did … act that way?”
_ What was the main idea…..?
_ How would you explain…?
_ What do you think could have happened next…?
_ Explain why the character acted in the way that they did……
_ What do you think………………….means?
_ How would the story have changed if………?
_ What were the motives behind……?
_ How is—-similar to——……?
_ What are the differences between —-and—–…..?
_ Can you explain what must have happened when…..
_ What was the turning point…?
_ What were the motives behind…?
_ What are some other possible outcomes..?
_ What might have caused ……..?
_ Does this text remind you of another text?
_ What kind of people would read this text?
_ Find the slogan in this campaign?
_ What does the term ‘aquatic life’ mean?
_ Why did the author choose to use the words – First, Then, Next, Last at the
beginning of the sentences?
Big, Bad or just Misunderstood? an Inquiry into Civics
View the following clip. How has your view of the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ changed after seeing this clip?
Below is a video from Behind The News (BTN)
Watch the Information Report on the game Snooker and note facts that you could use in your own report. make sure that you include essential information.
Watch the excerpt from Harry Potter. Focus closely on the characteristics of each character. how would you describe their behaviour in words and phrases. refer to the Character Traits Worksheet to respond to this clip.
Listening to Text:
Use headphones to listen to the start of Roald Dahl’s The Twits.
How would you summarise this story?
What illustration would you draw?
What words are interesting to you or grab your attention?
View this slideshow to learn how to plan and write a great narrative!
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW SOME FRACTURED FAIRYTALES AND DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THEM…
Fairy Tales are traditional stories that are didactic in structure.That means they often present a message or tell a lesson the reader can learn from.
Each fairy Tale below has a traditional version and a ‘fractured version’. A fractured Fairytale is where the original story has been changed.
View the following clips and create a Venn Diagram comparing the two stories.
what are the different messages they are trying to convey?
How do they achieve this?
what is similar/different about the
– language used?
Make sure you view the ‘Traditional’ version first.
Jack and the Bean Stalk
Fractured Jack and the Bean Stalk
View the advertisements below.
How have the creators tried to persuade the viewer to buy their products?
Click on the link to create your own ‘Wacky Web Tale’. These are fun little stories generated after adding your own names and words!
Create your own cartoon using the Toondoo program.