Ask/Answer Questions for Explicit Understanding


With our Ask/Answer Questions for Explicit Understanding lesson plan, students learn strategies for more effective reading and how to ask and answer questions to enhance their understanding of a text.

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If your students are having trouble understanding the books they’re reading, we have the perfect solution for you – our Ask/Answer Questions for Explicit Understanding lesson plan! With this fun and interactive approach to learning, it’s easier than ever to ensure your students understand what they read.

The lesson works like this: first, each student is partnered up with another classmate and handed a short story. From there, they’ll come up with 10 questions that tie back to the story – questions any other student in the class should be able to answer. Then they’ll need to come up with answers of their own! Once they’ve done this, it’s time to move on to longer stories. Each student will read one on their own and answer specific questions citing paragraphs or lines as support.

The goal of this lesson? To help every student learn how to ask and answer carefully formulated questions based on text demonstrated understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. And by using a playful and collaborative technique, it makes learning so much more enjoyable! So if you’re looking for an innovative way to help your students comprehend what they read better, look no further – our Ask/Answer Questions for Explicit Understanding lesson plan is here to help.”

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3rd Grade



State Educational Standards


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    Ask/Answer Questions for Explicit Understanding

    We will be using for some of our struggling readers, with your clear, explicit materials I am sure we will see progress. Thank you for all that you do to support educators! I am truly grateful.