Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 31: Questioning the Author
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
Questioning the Author is a content-focused approach to comprehension that requires readers to activate their prior knowledge and integrate it with textual information (McKeown, Beck, & Blake, 2009). It allows readers to see the process of comprehension as a challenge rather than a chore (Beck & McKeown, 2002). The teacher's role is one of guide or facilitator as students collaborate with one another to gain understanding (Beck, McKeown, Hamilton, & Kucan, 1997).
The primary purpose for Questioning the Author is to explicitly model, explain, and scaffold inquiry-based reading to develop self-regulated learners (Blachowicz & Ogle, 2008). This strategy was designed for informational text; however, it can be adapted for narrative structures. It is also ...