Lesson Plan

Questions that Gauge Comprehension

Use this lesson to gauge your students’ basic comprehension of fiction text. If they can answer who, what, when, where, why, and how questions, you know they have a handle on it and it’s time to get into more critical thinking!
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Answering "Why" Questions pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Answering "Why" Questions pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to answer 5W + H questions about fictional texts.

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


(3 minutes)
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  • Draw a blank concept web on the board with the word Questions in the center.
  • Ask students to brainstorm the type of questions we ask each other or that we are asked in class. Clarify that you are looking for the first word of the question, or the question starter.
  • Record the question stems in the outer circles of the concept web (who, what, when, where, why, how).
  • Read the learning objective and have students repeat it aloud. Explain that today’s lesson will be a review of some of the most basic, but important, comprehension questions that we are asked as readers. These serve as a foundation for being able to answer the deeper, more challenging questions about a text.
  • Beginning: Pair students with a supportive peer or an EL that speaks that same home language (L1), if possible.
  • Intermediate: Have students brainstorm with a partner before sharing with the whole group.