• Below are great questions to help you discuss reading with your family. These questions can help you build confidence and aid in reaching a higher level of thinking when reading. Please jump around levels and don't be afraid of those higher-level thinking questions; these are our goal! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know!

     

    Level 1: Remembering

     Exhibit memory of previously learned material by recalling facts, terms, and basic concepts, and answer.

     Key words: choose, how, match, recall, spell, select, when, who, define, label, name, relate show, tell, where, why, find, list, omit, what, which

     Questions:

       What is…

        How is…

        Where is…

        How did ___ happen?

        How would you explain…

        Why did…

        When did…

        How would you show…

        Who were the main…

        Which one…

        How would you describe…

        Can you recall…

        Can you select…

        Can you list three…

        Who was…

     

    Level 2: Understanding

     Demonstrate understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving description, and stating main ideas

     Key words: classify, explain, interpret, show, compare, extend, outline, summarize, contrast, illustrate, relate, translate, demonstrate, infer, rephrase

     Questions: 

        How would you classify the type of…

        How would you compare…? Contrast…?

        Will you state or interpret in your own words…?

        How would you rephrase the meaning…?

        What facts or ideas show…?

        What is the main idea of…?

        Which statements support…?

        Can you explain what is happening…? What is meant…?

        What can you say about…?

        Which is the best answer…?

        How would you summarize…?

     

    Level 3: Applying

     Solve problems to new situation by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.

     Key words: apply, develop, make use of, select, build, experiment with, model, solve, choose, identify, organize, utilize, construct, interview, plan

     Questions:

        How would you use…

        What examples can you find to…

        How would you solve ___ using what you’ve learned?

        How would you organize ___ to show…?

        How would you show you understanding of…

        What approach would you use to…

        How would you apply what you learned to develop…

        What other way would you plan to…

        What would result if…

        Can you make use of the facts to…

        What elements would you choose to change…

        What facts would you select to show…

        What questions would you ask in an interview with…

     

    Level 4: Analyzing

     Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations.

     Key words: analyze, contrast, function, simplify, assume, discover, inference, survey, categorize, dissect, inspect, take part in, test for, theme, motive, list, divide, distinguish, classify, compare, conclusion, examine, relationships

     Questions:

       What are the parts or features of…?

        How is ___related to…?

        Why do you think…?

        What is the theme…?

        What motive is there…?

        Can you list the parts…?

        What inference can you make…?

        What conclusions can you draw…?

        How would you classify…?

        How would you categorize…?

        Can you identify the different parts…?

        What evidence can you find…?

        What is the relationship between…?

        Can you distinguish between…?

        What is the function of…?

        What ideas justify…?

     

    Level 5: Evaluating

     Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set of criteria.

     Key words: agree, deduct, interpret, recommend, appraise, assess, award, choose, compare, conclude, criteria, criticize, decide, defend, determine, disprove, dispute, estimate, explain, importance, influence, evaluate, judge, justify, mark, measure, opinion, perceive, prioritize, prove, rate, recommend, rule on, select, support, value

     

    Questions:

        Do you agree with the actions…? With the outcome…?

        What is your opinion of…?

        How would you prove…? Disprove…?

        Can you assess the value or importance of…?

        Would it be better if…?

        Why did they (the character) choose…?

        What would you recommend…?

        How would you rate the…?

        What would you cite to defend the actions…?

        How could you determine…?

        What choice would you have made…?

        How would you prioritize…?

        What judgment would you make about…?

        Based on what you know, how would you explain…?

        What information would you use to support the view…?

        How would you justify…?

        What data was used to make the conclusion…?

        Why was it better that…?

        How would you compare the ideas…? People…?

     

     Level 6: Creating

     Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.

     Key words: adapt, build, change, choose, combine, compile, compose, construct, create, delete, design, develop, discuss, elaborate, estimate, formulate, happen, imagine, improve, invent, make up, maximize, modify, original, originate, plan, predict, propose, solution, solve, suppose, test, theory

      Questions:

         What changes would you make to solve…?

        How would you improve…?

        What would happen if…?

        Can you elaborate the reason…?

        Can you propose an alternative…?

        Can you invent…?

        How would you adapt___to create a different…?

        How could you change (modify) the plot (plan)…?

        What could be done to minimize (maximize)…?

        What would you design…?

        What could be combined to improve (change)…?

        Suppose you could___what would you do…?

        How would you test…?

        Can you formulate a theory for…?

        Can you predict the outcome if…?

        How would you estimate the results for…?

        What facts can you compile…?

        Can you construct a model that would change…?

        Can you think of an original way for the…?