Lesson Plan : Open-Ended Questioning

Teacher Name:
 Mrs. O'Brien
Grade:
 Grade 6
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Formulating Open-Ended Questions
Content:
 Language Arts Novel Unit for Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Goals:
  Students will be able to write open-ended quesions as they read Locomotion and prepare for their group activity.
Objectives:
 Students will distinguish between open and closed questions and will create their own open-ended questions to strengthen their comprehension skills.
Materials:
 Overhead Projector
Introduction:
 Teacher will discuss how good readers ask themselves questions before, during, and after their reading. A discussion will follow that asks students if they practice this strategy and what kind of questions they ask. If they can answer the question in the book and it has only one answer, it is closed, but if it has lots of possible answers and gets us to express different opinions, then it is open-ended.
Development:
 Using a short picture book to model this strategy, the teacher reads the book to the class while orally presenting her questions out loud to the class to show her thinking process as a reader. As she continues to read, she writes her questions down on a chart. She continues this process until the book is finished, while all along asking both open and closed questions. After the book is complete, the teacher goes through the list of questions and categorizes them by o's and c's to mark if they are open or closed.
Practice:
 Students will work in pairs and refer back to their reading from the previous day and will formulate one closed-ended question and answer and one open-ended question and possible answer. Students will then share out questions for whole-group chart and discuss.
Accommodations:
 -For struggling students, the teacher will meet in a small group setting to read together and formulate questions on a graphic organizer. -For advanced learners, the teacher will allow the student to expand upon their open-ended questions by adding possible answers to their questions.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher will use whole-class discussion, in class assignment, and guided activity to determine in skill was learned.
Closure:
 As a whole-group, the teacher will review strategy of formulating questions while reading, and will share some of her own questions on the novel. Students will discuss if they are open or closed and will understand that open-ended questions are the types of questions that will make good discussion questions for corners and literature circles.
Evaluation:
 In novel study corners, literature circles, response journals and/or various assignments, the teacher will observe and evaluate the understanding of the skill learned.

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