September 1, 2018
by Jasmine Gibson

EL Support Lesson

Asking Questions and Finding Answers

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How? lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How? lesson plan.

Students will be able to develop and express questions about a written text.


Students will be able to design and express questions with grade level-words using written supports.

(10 minutes)
  • Display the read-aloud text and ask students to imagine what the story might be about.
  • Explain that today you will be reading aloud this story, and students should be thinking about each of the characters and what makes them special.
  • Read aloud the text, pausing as you read to create a list of characters on chart paper or the whiteboard.
(5 minutes)
  • Review or introduce the target vocabulary words for the lesson by displaying each of the words and asking students to connect their prior knowledge of the word. Then provide the definition and ask students to explain the word to a peer using their own words.
  • As a group, use the tier one vocabulary words (who, what, where, how, why) to brainstorm questions you might ask a character. Record ideas on the board for students to reference.
(5 minutes)
  • Display the Character Interview worksheet and explain how to use it, using the mother wolf as your target character.
  • Model how an interview works using a student volunteer. Be sure to demonstrate asking and answering questions using complete sentences, using a clear tone of voice, and listening to the speaker.
  • Demonstrate how to utilize the pre-written questions (generated by the class) as well as coming up with your own. Then model how to record answers using the recording sheet.
(10 minutes)
  • Pair students up and assign each as one of the characters from the book. Have them take turns being both the interviewee and the interviewer.
  • As students are interviewing their peers, check for any misunderstandings or confusion.


  • Pre-pick which characters students will be using in their interviews.
  • Provide sentence starters to support question writing.


  • Encourage students to write and record additional questions for a second character.
  • Invite students to introduce their character to the class, using the information they learned from their interview.
(5 minutes)
  • Circulate around the room and informally assess if students are able to develop and express appropriate questions about the read-aloud text. Take note of students who struggle to communicate verbally or written.
  • Collect student worksheets to assess students' ability to record their questions and answers.
(5 minutes)
  • Gather the class back together and have them turn and talk to share what they liked best about being the interviewer or the interviewee.
  • Ask for several volunteers to share out a question they asked and the answers that they received.

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