Monday, May 4, 2015

Two tools to teach the "W" Questions

Being able to answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how, helps students with comprehension, retelling, and writing. I'm linking up with the Techie Turtle Teacher to share a cute video I found to introduce students to the W questions. In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, I've also updated my free "W" strategy graphic organizer. 


Video: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How by Good Charlotte


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Who, what, where, when, why


I love this graphic organizer! In the beginning of the year I write the answers to the questions from a text we've read and the students have to figure out which question I'm answering. Then I model retelling the story by putting the answers together, and student volunteers retell the story.

Later I have students answer the questions with as a quick write or in a think-pair-share activity, and I have students retell the story to their partners.

With more advanced students, I can assign a text and tell them to answer the W questions to prepare for our discussion.  I've even had some very advanced students use their answers to conduct a lesson like mine where they ask students which question their sentences answer.


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1 comment:

  1. This would be perfect for my middle school students! THANKS!

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