Students will generate questions.
Was anyone else worried about this Common Core standard? Well, I was! I think that I ask pretty good questions and my students usually give pretty good answers! My students can even tell you if a question is a Right There question or an Author and Me question. I mean, I teach the enrichment group, I ask them enriching questions and they give enriching answers:-). But, have the students ask the questions? First of all, I am the teacher, I ask the questions! Second of all, they DO NOT understand what a question is. You know what I am talking about. During a lesson, on a field trip, when we have an assembly or guest and the students are asked, "Do you have any questions?" They ALWAYS tell a STORY!!!
So, yes, I was a little worried. Okay, a lot worried. It is what I chose for my DP.... DPP...IPDP....that professional goal thing I chose to work on during the school year!
I have been modeling asking questions before, during and after reading all school year. After Winter Break, I started handing the questioning over to the students. Guess what? They ROCKED it!
Here is what we did.
We made an anchor chart with question words.
Next I showed them the cover of The Hat by Jan Brett. (We were in the middle of a Jan Brett author study.) We came up with some questions. Then I read the story. I had the students raise their hands if they figured out an answer to one of our "before" questions or came up with new questions. I wrote down any new questions. At the end of the story we came up with some more questions.
Beware of the word If! They think it is a question word. I let them use it at the beginning, but am now guiding them to choose a question word that can take its place! (Notice it is on our anchor chart, but has a * by it!)
Moral of the story....first and second graders CAN generate questions while reading literature! Several times this year, I have stepped back and given more responsibility to the students. I admit that this is not easy for me, but every single time I have "given up control" I have been impressed with what they do and the discussions they have on their own!