Questioning Part 2

     Once students know how to generate questions, they need to discover where the answers can be found. Not all answers to their questions will be found in the book so teachers need to model how to find the answers. 

     Miller suggests there are three places to find answers: in the text, through an outside source, and if those two are not options-it’s time to make an inference. 

     Using the already made chart of questions, start reading through the book again. Stop if you come across an answer to a question and label it either T (text), OS (outside source), or I (inference). Talk students through the process of determining how to do this. This may take a few days to do properly. Take time and spend a reasonable amount of time explaining how you know the question is answered and how you came to that conclusion. After a few examples ask students to start participating in finding the answers as you read the story.

     Some authors leave burning questions that cannot be answered at points in the book. Any questions left unanswered at the end of the book can be considered to fall in this category. Explain that readers understand that not all questions will be answered and that some are left by the author to be interpreted by readers. These are questions the author wants to be pondered and thought about more thoroughly. To illustrate how much thinking occurs with these types of questions develop a map for each unanswered question. List inferences that are based on well thought connections and examine how many there can be.