Strategic readers ask themselves questions before, during and after reading to better understand the author and the meaning of the text. All teachers of reading know this. We teach it, model it, and hopefully our students are doing this as they are reading. It is an important strategy that I spend a lot of time on in class. I feel since I spend so much time on this I need an authentic way to assess the skill.
This assessment while simple provides a way to see what the students are able to do and a grade that can be recorded in the gradebook. It can be used with something the students are reading independently, a shared reading, or a read aloud. It can also be used in the content areas.
Also included is the information I have posted an anchor chart in the classroom for asking questions. I keep the asking questions anchor chart posted in the classroom throughout the year. I want students to learn to ask questions based on the texts they read.
Our ultimate goal of course is for readers to apply this strategy as they read as a natural process. Real readers don’t stop and write down their questions, but as their teachers we need a way to know if they are able to ask questions as they read.
This assessment is aligned to Common Core. It requires students to analyze text, cite evidence, and use Common Core writing skills to respond.