Queries - Expository Text
Text Structure-oriented questions
Description: What does the author want us to know about _____? What is the main idea the author wants us to learn about _____?
Compare/Contrast: How does the author show us that _____ and _____ are alike? How does the author show us that _____ and _____ are different?
Cause/Effect: What happened to/with _____? What caused _____ to happen? What result of effect did _____ have?
Generic questions, prompts, and probes for expository text:
What is the author telling us here?
What is the author talking about?
What new information is the author giving us here? How does that fit in with what we already know about _____?
What is the main idea for this (paragraph, page, selection) that the author wants us to learn?
What are 3 supporting details (pieces of evidence) the author gives us to support that main idea?
Summarize what the author told us about _____?
Did the author explain that clearly? What else do we need to find out?
(Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G. (2001) "Inviting students into the pursuit of meaning", Educational Psychology Review.)