While browsing through Intervention Strategies to Follow Informal Reading Inventory Assessment: So What do I do now? (Whew! That's a mouthful!) the other day I stumbled upon some great questioning techniques to use during reading.
SIDE NOTE: Here's the one I was reading, but they're now up to at least the 5th Edition I think.
The first is using content-free questions during reading. That means that you familiarize students with questions that can be used across various reading materials.
How did June solve the problem of the missing diamond?
What was the problem in the story and how did the main character solve that problem?
This will, "help students set specific expectations for reading."
It would be worth a quick mini-lesson to have students generate the types of questions they think would be appropriate to ask. These questions can then be turned in to a bookmark for students to refer to before, during, and after reading.
I went ahead and used the questions listed in the book (the same types of questions I would carefully elicit from my students during our mini-lesson) and turned them into bookmarks. My hope is that I can get these bad boys to print on both sides so I have a set of questions for narratives (Tell me a story...) and a set for expository text (Tell me about it...) on the same book mark.
I'm headed to the water park in a just a bit so I don't have time to get fancy and link up a document (sorry!), but if you would like a copy just sent me a quick email (email@example.com) or leave a comment.