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Before You Read

EQs are essential to helping you understand what you read, but they are little help if you "don't know what you don't know."  What does this mean?

Often times when we are learning new information, we find terms, facts, events, or processes confusing.  We need to be reassured we understand something correctly so we can continue learning more.  But that's hard to do if you are new to the information. 

To help us clarify what is confusing and expand our understanding of big ideas, we need to ask a clarifying question(CQ) that clears up confusion.



CQs Confirm Our Understanding: 

CQs have nearly the same characteristics as an EQ, with one exception.  They may have a short answer or they may be answered with yes/no.  The reason for this is a CQs is helping us "clear up" confusion and confirm we are on the right track.  Sometimes all we need is a "yep, you've got it!"  

Example:  EQ - Why was Ginger so ill-tempered with others?

This EQ is a good one IF you understand what "ill-tempered" means.  Say, you think you know - that ill-tempered might mean mean or nasty, but you are not sure.  Here's a CQ you can ask to confirm your defintion.

"Do you mean like when Ginger was difficult with her handlers and mean to other horses?"

The response to the CQ is "Yes, that's an example of Ginger being ill-tempered."   This simple CQ clarified and confirmed you really DO understand the term "ill-tempered." 

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CQs Clear Up Incomplete Understanding: 

CQs also clarify by identifying what we "don't know."  This means we may have an incomplete understanding of something that needs to be restated in a new way to make sense.  

Example:  What if you DIDN'T know what "ill-tempered" meant in the EQ above?

Let's say you had no idea what "ill-tempered" meant, and you haven't had a chance to look it up.  Here's a CQ that could help you make sense of the term.

"Based on what I know, Ginger isn't too nice with others, is that what 'ill-tempered' means?"

The response to this CQ is similar, "Yes, 'ill-tempered' means mean, nasty, disagreeable, unccoperative', does this help?"

Your response is that, yes, it does because it gives you an accurate understanding of the term.  Now you "know" what you "didn't know!"

Where can you find answers to CQs?

The great thing about asking CQs is the answers can come from the text, or outside sources such as word lists, summaries, or feedback from someone.  In other words, CQs are a LOT like "EQs that Guide" because they "guide you to uncover the answer" by encouraging you to go to the resources you have.  When asking and answering a CQ, 

 First, go to the text. 

Then, go to word lists or summaries. 

Then ask for feedback.

This simple guideline will help you become more independent as you grow your understanding of the reading.