Lesson Plan

Questions for Comprehension

Good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. This lesson, which incorporates two wonderful activities and some practice with the 5 Ws, is sure to get your students ready to dive into literature.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Finding the Details and Asking for Answers pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Finding the Details and Asking for Answers pre-lesson.

Reading a story is a fun activity, but kids must retain and retell the knowledge they learn from reading, too. Here's a way to make sure kids know their stuff when it comes to stories. Pick a story your student will love, then stop to ask key questions, such as the classic "who, what, where, when," along the way. Then, children will come up with questions of their own about the characters, settings, and themes of the book.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Basic Reading ComprehensionQuestions, Anyone? Ask Your Way to Reading ComprehensionWriting Checklist
  • Introduce the book the class will be reading.
  • Let the students know they will be working on asking questions about key details in the story in order to improve their understanding of what they read.
  • Tell them that good readers ask questions before they read, as they read, and after they read. That is how a good reader knows the meaning of what he reads.
  • Remind them that using question words is one of the ways we can improve in understanding what we read. When readers get confused, they stop and ask questions to make sure they understand before reading more.
  • Question words are words such as who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  • Ask the students about how to answer each of the question words. You can guide them by letting them know that "who" can be answered with the name of a person, for example.


  • Preview the book to the class prior to the start of the lesson.
  • Write up a variety of questions and post them on the board. Share them with students to help them identify what a question sounds like.


  • Model how to answer different kinds of questions using student volunteers.
  • Provide sentence starters for students to utilize as they practice answering questions.