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Forming Questions

Background

Reading is not a passive task. Ability to read does not necessarily mean an ability to understand what is being read. Children must be encouraged to think when they are reading. Ability to frame questions based on what has just been read is an indication of the reader’s (child’s) comprehension.

Aim

Comprehend a text bit and frame questions based on it.

Activities

Divide children into two groups sitting in lines so that each child faces another. Now give a book to every child and ask her to open it anywhere, read the right side page and then give the book to the child facing her.

The other child will also read the page that her companion has just read. Having read this page, the child can ask up to three questions, which the companion must answer.

Related Questions

In the initial stages, children may not be able to decide what to ask. You may have to show them examples of questions they can ask. You can train them to prepare questions about what they reads. Apart from reading skills, what other skills are essential for children to ask questions?

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Adapted from: "The Child's language and the teacher - A handbook", Krishna Kumar, UNICEF.

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