When teachers ask questions or have students create questions before introducing a text, they activate student interest and help them assess what they already know about a given topic. This process can also help teachers understand any gaps in student Background Knowledge, particularly when using content-specific expository texts. When students ask and answer pre-reading questions, they draw connections to what they already know and understand the purpose for reading a text, ultimately leading to increased comprehension.
Watch how this sixth grade teacher reviews potential questions to ask before partner reading. By asking students to brainstorm some pre-reading questions, learners are better oriented and equipped to comprehend the chapter.
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