Am I the only one who adds this skill to her plans ASAP for the new school year? As. Soon. As. Possible. It’s crucial, and it’s one of those skills that kids tend to resist a little bit because they don’t understand WHY it’s so important.
We start with a lesson about how to restate the question. PQA! Put the Question in the Answer. This can still be tricky for some kids, so we make an anchor chart together that shows them exactly how to do it.
|Restate the Question Anchor Chart|
The next day, I had them do the same task with a partner to reinforce the idea. They each got two GREAT answers and two terrible answers. They wrote the questions, and then I gave them the sheets with the actual questions and they could compare what they wrote to what the actual question was. You can download this free lesson below!
Finally, I had the students work through some scaffolded task cards to start applying the skill to reading passages. The cards on the left (pink) have the key words in the question underlined AND the answer underlined in the passage. They don’t have to think too hard about the answer, but they can focus on writing the answer correctly. I had them do 8 of these. Then, I had them do 8 of the blue cards, which don’t give them any clues. You can find these task cards at my TpT store HERE.
This time, I had them write their questions on sticky notes.